Touch deprivation, or "touch hunger" as the term has been coined (Ashley Mantagu), is a very serious thing. And worse, our society is literally starving... worldwide! From infants, toddlers and grade school kids who spend most of their life away from loving parents and caregivers; to tweens, teens and twenty-somethings experimenting with negative, self-sabotaging sensory experiences due to lack of those that are good; to work-driven middle-agers; and lonely seniors at home, or in care facilities; positive, healthy, nurturing human-to-human contact is at an all time low. Yes, we can understand why, in a global culture that is now a melting pot for all that is good, and bad alike. Yet, in all of our efforts to protect the innocent, a real human need is being set aside with little good to replace it. That is, until professional massage therapy comes in.
In the vast majority of these United States there are regulations pertaining to the practice of massage therapy. Massage boards help ensure that professional therapists have met a specific standard of education, are citizens in good standing, have passed stringent competency exams, and maintain a professional code of ethics. All of these things combined help ensure that professional massage is a safe place for feeding the human need for touch.
With few exceptions, humans simply need to experience positive, nurturing, healing touch, and at that, in regularity too. If you find that you are one of the millions who are touch deprived, or regularly experience "touch hunger" and do not have access to loving family or friends to give you a warm hug every now and again, then scheduling a regular, professional massage might be a very good thing for you. Keep in mind there are various modalities (types of massage) to choose from, and not all of them will be a right fit for you. Swedish massage is generally a lighter, flowing style used to induce relaxation and a sense of calm. Deep tissue massage uses moderate to firm pressure and generally is used to help relieve deep seated muscle tension. Trigger point therapy is light to firm pain specific bodywork that can stimulate discomfort to bring relaxation as an end result -- an excellent treatment for lingering discomfort or pain. There are hundreds more styles, and every therapist is different, so it may take a while to find a practitioner that is perfect for you, but we'd like to encourage you on your quest to do so... and be sure to encourage your friends and family too.
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The Great Escape
Massage & Wellness Center LLC
Chadron, NE 69337
Coronavirus has affected our operations. Please stay tuned here or visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for information. Until further notice, all of our standard policies and procedures will be trumped by the Nebraska Sate DHM (Directed Health Measures) in order to stay in compliance with state law as far as possible. Thank you all for your continued support and patience as we collectively work through this.
Jerri W., LMT, CWC
Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Wellness Coach with over 25+ years of experience in pain management, relaxation techniques and lifestyle education.
Heather R., LMT, CWC
Certified Wellness Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist with a passion for helping others achieve optimal wellness through healthier living.
NOTICE: The information provided herein is meant for educational purposes only. We accept no liability for your use of the information provided. As always, use your best judgment and if in doubt, please consult your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action for your particular situation.