When I have pain in my body, I use my hands to help relieve the pain or soothe the area. A friend once told me when you bump into something and there is pain, make an ever-widening circle around the spot to reduce the sensation.
When Justin was little and bumped himself or fell, I always said, just rub it. There is something about connecting to ourselves with touch that helps to ease tension and pain. When your shoulders are tight, don’t you reach up and massage the area?
In yoga, we often tell students to be in and listen to their body. We ask them to just notice what it feels like. To be present to the experience. This is another way of “touching” base with ourselves.
We often lose connection with our sense of touch or we become so familiar with a pain in our body, we no longer pay attention to it.
Sit for a minute with your eyes closed, resting your hands on your knees. After a few minutes, consider – has your connection with your hands changed? It might feel as if your hands are now more a part of your whole body rather than a separate piece.
We all know that touch is a fundamental human need. Did you know it is the first of our senses to be developed? Touch can bring connection and reassurance when done appropriately. I think we also need to know how to connect with ourselves. My dear friend and colleague, William Hufschmidt recorded this Self-Thai Massage Practice that you might find helpful in reconnecting with yourself this holiday season.
I would also invite you to notice, how many more hugs and handshakes do you receive during the holidays and how does it make you feel?
Until next week when we talk about our sense of sight.