Recently the NYC Chair Massage Company – www.eventschairmassage.com offered seminars on multi-cultural approaches to touch and massage.
Touching is treated differently from one country to another. Socially acceptable levels of touching varies from one culture to another. In the Thai culture, touching someone’s head may be considered to be rude. In England, France, and the Netherlands touching was rare compared to touching patterns among Italians and Greeks.
Touch is so powerful a sense that has taken on many other metaphorical uses. One can be emotionally touched, referring to an action or object that evokes an emotional response. To say “I was touched by your letter” implies the reader felt a strong emotion when reading it. When we disconnect with something in which a group meaning is accepted we are said to have “lost touch”.
Much of the research on touch has been conducted at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institutes. One study showed that though French adults may be less open with touch than other cultures in developing nations research has shown that French women touched their children more often than the American parents.
The Institute is dedicated to studying the effects of touch therapy. The TRI has researched the effects of massage therapy at all stages of life, from newborns to senior citizens. In these studies the TRI have shown that touch therapy has many positive effects. For example, massage therapy:
- Facilitates weight gain in preterm infants
- Enhances attentiveness
- Alleviates depressive symptoms
- Reduces pain
- Reduces stress hormones
- Improves immune function
In business the use of touch and massage can have a major impact on effectiveness, efficiency and productivity and I have been involved in this aspect of massage through my presenting program on on-site chair massage in the hospitality industry.
Managers should know the effectiveness of using touch while communicating to subordinates, but need to be cautious and understand how touch can be misunderstood. A hand on the shoulder for one person may mean a supportive gesture, while it could mean a sexual advance to another person. Working with others and using touch to communicate, a manager needs to be aware of each person’s touch tolerance.
Research has found that a person in power is more likely to touch a subordinate, but the subordinate is not free to touch in kind. Touch is a powerful nonverbal communication tool and this different standard between a superior and subordinate can lead to confusion whether the touch is motivated by dominance or intimacy.
Many humanistic psychologists and family therapists agree that touching is the ultimate expression of closeness or confidence between two people, but not seen often in business or formal relationships. Touching stresses how special the message is that is being sent by the initiator. “If a word of praise is accompanied by a touch on the shoulder, that’s the gold star on the ribbon,” wrote Walton.
Touch Somatics as practiced by the NYC Corporate Chair Massage Company – www.eventschairmassage.com – integrates corporate stress management with touch, bodywork, movement and chair massage.
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Today’s stress management blog is presented by a grant from Events Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com – a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planner, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.
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