Happy Hug Day

Today’s Blackboard Wisdom:

‘A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.’ ~ Bil Keane (family circus)

As I got to The Wellbeing Centre today I was greeted with a hug and informed that today is ‘hug day’.   Having just spent the weekend in Paris, I have been surrounded by huggers and kissers (especially as it was so cold – they had even more snow than here!”).  As a nation we have embraced using the hug and sometimes even a kiss as a greeting to our friends and family, gestures that were once seen as being so European, but there are still quite a few people that shy away from physical contact. As a massage therapist I have always been very tactile, and have personally felt the benefits of physical touch. Regular physical contact has been shown to lessen depression, lower blood pressure, and boost immunity! There is an increasing amount of research done on the topic of touch and general social activities, especially as the next generation are living ‘virtual’ lives and who knows the repercussions of that!

I read today that people need 7 hugs a day to stay healthy, which is somewhere to aim to. As today is ‘Hug day’ go out and make the effort to give and get more touch. Here are some suggestions:

  1. The most obvious is give someone a hug – best to target a friend or family member – if your feeling brave a stranger – but make sure to ask first!!!
  2. Get a massage or give yourself a massage.
  3. Do an partner based activity like dance, wrestling, boxing. Alternatively, exercise like yoga and pilates where by your body touches the floor, stimulates your pressure receptors.
  4. Other ways to incorporate touch is hair playing, tickling, foot rub – ask a friend to do a swap – everyone is in the same boat!

I will be a The Wellbeing Centre today until 2.30pm giving out hugs so pop in if you are free.

Leanne Bray

Leanne is a fully qualified and insured holistic therapist offering an extensive range of treatments here at The Wellbeing Centre.  She is a member of Embody, the Complementary and Alternative Practitioners Association and the NO HANDS massage association.  Leanne also helps out on the reception desk on Mondays 9.30am – 2.30pm. She is a regular contributor to the Blackboard Wisdom blog series.

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