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celebrating the senses: touch

repotting plantsThe skin that covers and protects our body is full of sensory receptors that feed information to the brain, helping us stay alive and making it possible for us to function in the world. We’re physical beings in a physical environment, so we’re constantly touching and being touched even though we may not always be aware of the sensations. Physical contact with others is important to our sense of well-being and social connection—not to mention continuation of the species.

Physical contact also feels good. I’ve just started getting massages again after an absence so long that I can’t remember the last one. I think it was some time in California in the 90s. I don’t have a strong recollection of any particular massage therapist or massage experience, which is probably why I hadn’t made any effort to find someone in New Mexico. Not that I couldn’t have used some help with the chronic tightness in my neck and shoulders.

kelly forrestFortunately I met Kelly Forrest, a skilled and talented massage therapist, several months ago and finally made an appointment with her in March. When I discovered she has magic hands, I had to wonder why in the world I had waited months to make that first appointment. So today, along with the sense of touch, I’m celebrating the happy end to the massage drought in my life!

The first massage Kelly gave me was the best I’ve ever had. So was the second one, which I got today. (I predict all the massages I receive from her will be the best I’ve ever had.) Besides being excellent at what she does, she’s also very friendly and approachable, and the environment she’s created in her new office space offers her clients an immediate sense of comfort and relaxation.

Yay, Kelly! Yes, massage works (and Massage Works is the name of her business). Thank you, so much.

Here are a few other things I enjoy the feel of:

  • The warm sun on my skin
  • My cat’s paw tapping my cheek to get my attention
  • A light breeze on a hot day
  • Hugs
  • Clean sheets
  • Flannel and fleece in the winter
  • My bare feet in sandals
  • Tending to my indoor plants
  • A book in my hands
  • Writing with a favorite pen

What’s on your list?

This post is part of April’s 30 Days of Celebration. To read more, click on the Celebration category link.

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