“Touch can reduce pain, depression and anxiety, say researchers”

April 17, 2024  |  by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  Comments are off  | 

Not surprisingly, many, many people who contact Massage Vermont seek relief from physical and mental suffering, from pain, anguish, and from the effects of stress. Someone who wants a massage wants to feel better.

What’s perhaps more surprising is that it probably matters less what kind of bodywork someone gets than the fact of receiving intentional, safe touch. The more it’s studied, the more this is known: Touch is good for the body and mind.

If we could, we would simply reproduce this article in The Guardian. Among its gems:

Touch relieves pain. “More consensual touch events throughout our day can help alleviate or potentially buffer against mental and physical complaints,” said Dr Helena Hartmann, who coauthored research from University Hospital Essen.

Touch improves mental health as much as physical health. Touch between living beings has longer-lasting benefits than when using objects, such as a weighted blanket, comforting object, or robot.

Why? If you like the science-y language of it all, try this: “Our skin contains specialised sensors, known as C-tactile afferents, which are particularly receptive to gentle, caressing touch and temperature similar to that of human skin, factors that are also thought to facilitate emotional regulation.” This from Dr. Mariana von Mohr, from Royal Holloway, University of London.

All this to say that touch itself is good medicine. We’re honored to offer it here in a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental environment that centers your needs. We look forward to seeing you.