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12 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 7 Touch as Language By Amrit Rai MIND OF AN MT Touch is the silent language of connection. It is a bridge between two separate bodies, universes, energy fields. It is a vehicle of transmission—of giving and receiving energy. What is contained in the invisible transmission of touch is a diverse combination of intentions, emotions, and desires, including love, forgiveness, listening, and myriad other qualities. As a language, it has the ability to transmit both conscious and unconscious reality from one person to another without having to be translated by the rational mind. A touch can have within it a mixture of messages—tenderness, impatience, neediness, fear, excitement. The body doesn't lie; therefore, touch as a therapeutic modality is always based in energetic truth, and that truth can be felt and sensed even when words may say otherwise. Skillful touch has within it a "listening" capacity that can open and heal wounded aspects of the body- mind. Skillful touch is intentional and has in it the frequency or vibratory quality of unconditional regard— which, at its root, is a quality of love. Have your own insights or inspiration to share? Email

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