"Healing is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature." -W.H. Auden
Modern life has become increasingly mechanized as we add more and more technology to activities that once were human-driven. In our quest for efficiency and advancement we often end up physically isolating ourselves. A video conference with people across the country allows us to share ideas, but not something as simple as a touch. A technology-mediated world is increasingly resulting in touch disappearing from our daily lives. This disappearance is to our detriment.
In addition to technology affecting our opportunities for physical contact, cultural norms may complicate the idea of touch. Some cultures are much more prickly than others about what constitutes an acceptable touch interaction. The relatively reserved roots of much of USA culture may be partially responsible for the reluctance Americans can have with touch. People immersed in a restrictive culture may not even realize how many opportunities for touch are lost. Religious restrictions can complicate habits around touch as well. Another factor like local climate can set the tone for touch interactions, with cultures in warm, sunny environments tending to adopt a more touch-friendly culture. This leaves individuals in Northern areas literally out in the cold touch-wise.
The loss of this important facet to human life should be of concern, and luckily the esthetics world is in a wonderful position to reintroduce therapeutic touch to many people's lives.
Read on to find out more about the impressive benefits of therapeutic touch in esthetics.