In a year that has disrupted routines, separated us from friends and family, and provoked a range of strong emotions, one thing is clear: we need touch, as a basic human necessity, as much as we need shelter, food and warmth.
The gentle compassionate touch of Shiatsu can be learned and practised by anyone, and shared with loved ones, as an easy and accessible form of self-care.
The resources provide tips and guidance on Shiatsu-based practices such as stretches, acupressure, breathwork and dietary suggestions. Each resource theme is specific to how we may be feeling and the support we need.
We know touch is as essential to our existence as shelter, food and warmth - but given the physical restrictions this year it is likely that many of us have been left feeling ‘touch-hungry’ and in urgent need of supportive and compassionate touch. As Shiatsu Practitioners we know that without an adequate level of positive touch, people can feel lonely and depressed.
It follows that touch has arguably become one of this year’s hot topics in wellness circles. The BBC explored this with its excellent Radio 4 Anatomy of Touch and within this the Touch Test, an online study commissioned by Wellcome Collection in collaboration with BBC Radio 4. This identified nine key findings and perhaps one of the most pertinent is that “People who like interpersonal touch tend to have higher levels of well-being and lower levels of loneliness”.
Of course, this is probably nothing new in the Shiatsu world but it’s encouraging to see studies and findings on this being shared in mainstream media. The more positive touch we experience right now, the more feel-good hormones (such as oxytocin) that we can benefit from to lift mood and calm the body. Let’s not forget that touch isn’t just important for now - we each need touch, for life.
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