Touch is such a basic and fundamental form of communication that we have been born with the understanding of its importance, not to mention with a deep need and desire to be touched. Mothers hold and caress their babies in order to soothe them and form close bonds. We unconsciously rub sore points to ease pain and tension. People in love hold hands and touch each other repeatedly in order to show their affection and share their feelings.
A touch is the most intimate way we as humans can communicate, the most fundamental and the most powerful. Touch is a form of communication that is direct and clear.
Giving a massage to someone is a set of means and methods to build upon this basic understanding and communication. It’s a set of tools and rules which form a socially acceptable method to exchange such intense and powerful energies among people who are strangers.
Massage as a form of communication is unique. It is an exchange between the giver (the masseuse) and the receiver (the client) through hands, fingers, arms and the tools that might be used. It is an exchange of energy as well, of love and strength, of sensuality and compassion.
Through the touch the body of the receiver communicates to the giver where it hurts and where the tensions are located. The body tells the masseuse where there is need for a soothing caress or a deep probe and what locations demand special attention and energy. As the massage progresses the receiver and the giver reach a harmony that can almost be Zen in nature.
The giver and receiver join in cooperation, exchanging energy and knowledge, creating a silent communication. This exchange of energy and centring between client and masseuse is among massage therapists called “Beingness”.