Get huggy with it

Published: October 4, 2013, 10:07 am, by Jen Mulson

The power of touch is not to be denied.

Earlier this week, I had a wonderful conversation over a plate of Indian food with a local massage therapist – Diana Adair.  She also does craniosacral therapy, reiki and lymphatic drainage.

She gave a lecture in January to yoga teachers on touch and yoga adjustments and assists at CorePower Yoga, the studio where I teach. Clearly, I was enamored with her and what she taught us. I’ve been wanting to do a column on the power of touch ever since.

touchThere’s so much information out there on how touch heals. Too much to  put in a column. But ever since I talked to her,  I’ve felt an even greater urge to reach out and hug people.

And I now have a new intention behind my hugs, thanks to Adair. I often find myself going to the left when I go in for a hug. Do you? That means the right side of my torso is pressed against my huggee’s right side. In essence, we’re pressing our livers together, Adair said.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the liver is said to store anger. We don’t want that now, do we?! Instead, she suggested going the other  direction, so that when we hug, our hearts press together.

That’s so interesting. I wondered why we like to hug the other way, and we decided it was to perhaps subconsciously protect our hearts.

What do you think about touch? Have you experienced its healing powers? Maybe through a massage or cuddling a pet? Think about volunteering somewhere where people might be craving some form of touch, like a hospice, hospital or assisted living home. Simply holding somebody’s hand for a few minutes or touching their forearm can be a boon to their health.