Centrally positioned within the art of reflexology exists a well documented multi-dimensional concept connecting all forms of professional reflexology practice – that concept relates to interpersonal touch.
Researchers have extensively examined the importance of human interpersonal touch in mother/infant bonding, child development, and adult social interactions. The role of interpersonal touch as a counter-stimulation intervention in pain management (Gate Control Theory) has also been scientifically acknowledged. Additionally, the study ofnon-verbal communication is well established – with researchers possessing a high level of understanding concerning the subtle relationship between our inner emotions and desires – and that of our external posture, body language, and facial expressions. More recently researchers have been attempting to examine the innate human ability to non-verbally impart and decode emotional content through interpersonal touch.
“Human touch is a highly complex sensory modality, involving numerous interacting systems and exploratory capacities. Through touch we are able to interact…
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