As I begin to prepare for the great reopening, whenever that may be, one thing that has occurred to me is whether there will still be a demand for practices like reflexology and other touch therapies. I have written previously about the importance of touch (here and here), but it is interesting to note that during the pandemic lockdown, the fundamental need for human touch has been reported on so frequently.
I know that I am missing receiving my monthly sessions very much, but even more so, I miss the contact that giving reflexology offers me on a daily basis. I so often tell clients that I feel I benefit as much as they do, that the experience is truly an exchange. It seems that more and more people are recognising what science has known for a long time, touch is a basic human need, not just something that feels good. I had not come across the term ‘skin hunger’ before, but it is one that resonates very much right now. Here are a few articles etc. that highlight why touch is so important for our health and wellbeing, and which give me hope that we will be seeing each for reflexology other again soon.
Listen – Is Human Touch Necessary?
But when all said and done, we really don’t need scientific proof that humans need touch to thrive, as evidenced by the number of people devising ‘cuddle curtains‘ to allow them to safely hug their loved ones.
I look forward to seeing you again, albeit through my new face shield, but just don’t expect me to be wearing a hippo suit!