In our super-charged, I-need-it-yesterday world, we rarely take the time to practice preventative wellness. We usually wait until we are side-lined by an illness or injury to evaluate our wellness practices, or lack thereof. It wasn't until well after my recovery from breast cancer that I realized the importance of therapeutic touch. I now know that some type of healing touch therapy would have greatly facilitated my healing.
As I discuss in chapter 12 of my book, If we would take a preventative approach to wellness by incorporating some type of touch therapy into our lives, we would definitely enhance our overall health. Stress would not have the opportunity to accumulate in our tissues and in our emotions so our mental and physical well-being would be preserved.
One way to practice preventative wellness is to get regular bodywork. I know it seems like a luxury to take time out for a massage or some other healing touch modality, and we often can't justify the expense, but we really need to change our mind set regarding that belief. We should think of it as preventative medicine. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then, a massage a month (or a week) keeps the ill-effects of stress and degenerative diseases away. I'm just saying'...
There are several options in the realm of therapeutic touch, massage being only one of them. Acupuncture, reflexology, acupressure, polarity and other energy therapies, various types of water-based therapies and zero balancing are just scratching the surface of the options available.
It's important to find a practitioner that you click with. Don't be afraid to shop around until you find someone with whom you are comfortable. Also, don't hesitate to start a conversation with your practitioner about what exactly you want and what particular issues you would like to address. Bodywork should be something you enjoy, not something you endure, so be choosy.
If you have a massage school in your area, they often hold student clinics where you can get a massage for as little as $25/hour.
I encourage you to research some healing touch possibilities in your area and give them a try. Don't wait until you become sick or injured to start taking care of yourself. Head it off at the pass by putting your health first.
Until next time...
Live well. Be well. Love abundantly.