Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Touch can be magic in many ways. Medical research says that red blood cells increase from giving and receiving hugs. Another example is one I have written about before is tapping. That is using your fingertips to lightly tap on the outside of your hands, along the top and down the middle finger, around your eyes and in the middle of your forehead. This tapping is soothing, relaxing and can enhance learning. Acupressure is also an effective discipline, although not as well known as acupuncture. An example of this is to press the inside of your arm, usually the right one, about three fingers above the wrist. This will enhance sleep and relaxation. Sometimes you may be able to relieve a headache by rubbing the fatty part of your hand between the thumb and first finger. The benefits of touch are not just from humans touching humans or self touch. Touching or petting animals also has health and relaxation benefits. It can also be soothing to rub pleasant material as you are trying to go to sleep. Many traditions among different people use the concept of 'laying on of hands' for healing. Reflexology is a massage therapy that has certain points on the feet or hands that are touched to heal other parts of the body. Touch communicates, soothes, relaxes, heals. It can be that spark of magic that enriches your life.