• Christine

In Touch with Touch and Co

This is my first blog for Touch and Co, and it's difficult to know where to start, so it seemed sensible to start at the beginning. I have been a carer for my son for the past twenty six, nearly twenty seven years. It's fair to say that I've had more than my fair share of stress as a result and that has shown itself as anxiety, loss of appetite, digestive problems and a chronic cough.I think I recognised that I was stressed, but didn't necessarily link that fact with the way I felt physically, and if I did then I certainly didn't have the energy to do anything about it.

When I turned fifty, a watershed moment for many people, I decided to train as a massage therapist.I'd worked in nursing and the voluntary sector, and it felt like the right time to do something for myself. It was then that I finally began to recognise in a very real way, the brain/body connection.Giving as well as receiving massage quietens down the mind at the same time as it soothes the body.I learnt that we store negative emotions within us resulting in illness and imbalance. My chronic cough was the result of residual tension being held in my chest and shoulders, stress was disrupting my breathing pattern, and upsetting my digestion.

On qualifying, I set up my own business, Touch and Co. It took me a while to establish myself and to gain confidence in my new career path. I gradually began to realise that my interest lay in the benefits of massage as a tool for managing stress, and the impact it has both physically and emotionally.Massage though, is only one of a wide range of practices that can aid stress reduction,Others include mindfulness/meditation, stretching, breathwork, guided visualisation, exercise and nutrition.

Looking for a more holistic approach to my practice led to training in Relaxation Therapy. We all think we know how to relax, but actually it's something that you have to set out to do, you have to make the time and the effort, but ultimately it can be life changing and life affirming.There is a saying, 'you can't pour from an empty cup', and it's true, unless you invest in your own physical and emotional health and wellbeing, you won't have the resilience to give to others, and that's especially true of anyone with caring responsibilities.

So I'm excited about the future, and looking forward to building on my progress so far, and I hope that if you're reading this then you might come along with me.

I've just taken a second therapy room in Broadstone working with Broadstone Counselling as well as my existing space in Wimborne working with 'Going For Bust'

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