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The proven science behind Touch using Story Massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The proven science behind Touch using Story Massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The proven science behind touch using story massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater with her video

One question I am often asked , particularly in relation to any touch therapy , is what do I when someone has sensory issues surrounding Touch or would find it impossible to sit/lie down for long ….

Well firstly I always meet the person where they are and not where I want them to be. Everything in my work, particularly touch, is an invitation and if someone can’t sit still to receive it I will ask them to mirror me, show them how to do it for themselves … and often I will put the massage into a story or a song. 

I discussed the long proven scientific research and neuroscience in my last article and I summarise this again at the start of this week’s video for those of you who missed it.

In a nutshell touch boosts immunity, emotional intelligence, physical health, resilience to stress, trust, empathy, reading and processing faces, social cognition, sensory processing, confidence, bonding, greater social skills and the higher brain functions as well as easing stress, tension , anxiety, OCD, pain and the susceptibility to picking up additional mental health issues.

By using simple massage strokes (I use my own with a combination of the wonderful work by Mary Atkinson, founder of Story Massage and author of “Once Upon A Touch”), I tap into that child or young adult’s passion/ obsession or even mood or favourite song and I use this to massage them.

I have had parents break down crying because they have never seen their child be so still, relaxed and engaged for 30 minutes and some of these children can’t be in a classroom for any more than 10 minutes!!

So flow with each child, flow with each unique being. Bring fun and a little magic to scientific therapy and that person will lap all those delicious proven benefits.

The proven science behind Touch using Story Massage
The proven science behind Touch using Story Massage
The proven science behind Touch using Story Massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The proven scientific and neurological benefits of massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The proven scientific and neurological benefits of massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater with her video

Why am I writing an article promoting touch during this time I hear some of you cry ? Well because it has never been needed more! 

What puzzles me the most is that pubs and tea rooms are allowed to open and the social distancing I saw last weekend was, in practice, non existent . 

Yet massage therapists are still not allowed to work …

Touch is key to boosting immunity !!!

Massage also naturally stimulates happy hormones and coping chemicals, most notably serotonin (the hormone of happiness, confidence, self esteem), oxytocin (love and nurture), dopamine (pleasure, focus, concentration & motivation along with other higher or executive brain functions) and endorphins (pain relief, euphoria and well-being). 

Therapeutic touch through massage also grounds, calms, relaxes, eases stress which can lead to ill health, lowers/stabilises blood pressure and and hugely boosts memory and learning. 

As Michelangelo noted hundreds of years ago “to touch is to give life”. Touch is the core sense which is present when as babies we explore the world before we open our eyes and is the last sense remaining until we pass. In a nutshell humans need touch to thrive.

Experiments from the 1950’s/60’s with Harry Harlow, although controversial due to different times,  proved that touch boosts immunity, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, physical health and growth as well as better bonding skills and trust, far greater resilience to stress and less behavioural issues. 

Leaders in the field such as Darlene Francis,Michael Meaden and Tiffany Field continue to prove these results to this day . 

Touch also boosts resilience to peer pressure and makes for better relationships both at school and work as well as leading to financial gain as a result. So please watch my short video and see how you can begin massaging yourselves, family and friends . 

The proven science behind Touch using Story Massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The science behind Sound – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The science behind Sound – an article by Giuliana Wheater with her video

Sound is part of mindfulness and yoga … and is one of the only activities that activates, stimulates and uses the whole brain !! It also stimulates the second/enteric brain in the gut which hold onto fear, trauma and anxiety and floods it with the happiness and confidence hormone serotonin, so fabulous for self esteem and feeling able to cope and function .

Dr Emoto, a leading scientist in this field , has conducted hundreds of laboratory tests on water to prove how when positive sounds, music or words are said or played to water, when frozen that water forms the most stunning, unique and intricate crystals. Conversely, water that had negative or unpleasant sounds, music or words played or said to it was unable to form crystals when frozen.

Sound and music resets the body and mind. We are made of 99% water in the womb and as babies. As we reach adolescence this drops to 75%. Most adults are made of 70% water and even as we grow really old we are still made up of around 50% water. See how amazingly central and important it is?? I love it!

The vibration of sound has proven scientific benefits with other leaders in the field being Dr Margaret Patterson and Dr Ifor Capel who proved how when the brainwaves drop from the chattering beta levels we are used to, down to alpha, the brain produces serotonin!!!

Sound can help us drop as far as theta and delta levels which for our bodies and brains is like being a mobile phone and having a giant update ! It helps with sleep, mood, aggression, health, heart rate, immunity, stress levels, relationships, focus, ptsd, adhd, autism, cancer, anxiety, depression and chronic pain. It also boosts concentration, learning and clear thinking!

Sound can be accessed through music, singing bowls, Tibetan bells and ocean drums to name a few as well as using sound with breathing and humming. It suits all budgets, ages and abilities so is gorgeously inclusive. I for one can’t get enough of it and weave it in many of the therapies I do including meditations or guided journeys where I wrap and bathe the listeners in sound. Beautiful!!!

the science behind sound
the science behind sound
the science behind sound
the science behind sound
The proven science behind Touch using Story Massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The proven science behind Gratitude – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The proven science behind Gratitude – an article by Giuliana Wheater with her video

Gratitude is a huge part of mindfulness. Not only is it a beautiful practice but it comes backed by hard scientific research and evidence, a leading researcher in this field being Robert A Emmons PhD. 

After just three mindful practices your body has already produced 16% more of the happy hormone, serotonin.

With regular mindfulness practices, toxic emotions such as envy, jealousy, anger and aggression diminish significantly and empathy, compassion and emotional/social intelligence increase significantly.

Doorways to relationships both personally and as a team at world or school open, health improves, mental health strengthens and focus, concentration, perspective, motivation and good decision making are massively boosted. 

Those who practice mindfulness have much happier lives, far greater self  esteem and they sleep better too !! 

Mindfulness is all about being aware in the present moment, not drowning in the past or feeling anxious about the future. It can be practiced through meditation, an awareness of the five senses and mindful exercises or even games.

Today’s video to accompany this article shares a mindful game that even a two year old could participate in. With all these benefits, the younger we start the better !! 

The Science Behind Gratitude

 The Science Behind Gratitude
The proven science behind Touch using Story Massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The Science behind Mindfulness an article by Giuliana Wheater

The Science behind Mindfulness an article by Giuliana Wheater with her video

The big buzz for a little while now has been all about mindfulness from nursery to corporate level . COVID has really accentuated that for many of us .

But did you know that that the regular practice of mindfulness can actually physically change the chemistry of your brain??!!

How incredible is that? And how vital, particularly at a time where already existing high levels of mental health illness have completely spiked, hitting global levels?

The Science behind Mindfulness
Mindfulness, which is based on meditation and awareness, brings you absolutely to the present moment. Yoga poses, deep listening, tasting and breath exercises all bring us to a mindful state. And hard scientific proof now backs this therapy thanks to neuro imaging via MRI scans …

Why is this so utterly FABULOUS?? Because this extensive neuro scientific research has proven the link between regular mindfulness and significantly reduced stress & anxiety levels, a surge of hormone and chemical production, improved physical and mental health, improved sleep, relationships and self esteem.

But that’s not all –  certain areas of the brain shrink or grow too, our bodies are truly amazing!

The grey matter in the amygdala or emotional brain, which houses the flight or fight button and revolves hugely around our reactions to fear and stress, actually shrinks!

And the grey matter in the frontal lobe, the conductor of the brain which houses all the higher or executive functions, actually thickens as does the hypo-campus which helps with memory and learning, so we get brainier too!

We really are the most perfectly designed jigsaws and with therapies like mindfulness we really can achieve our full potential and gain greater satisfaction in life. I love it!

Please watch my video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dlQVXgzV28&feature=youtu.be
The Science behind Mindfulness
The Science behind Mindfulness
The Science behind Mindfulness
The Science behind Mindfulness
The proven science behind Touch using Story Massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater

Meditation an article by Giuliana Wheater

Meditation an article by Giuliana Wheater with her video

Meditation truly is magic but science !! I absolutely love it ! You will be amazed by what the power of a simple guided journey , story or visualisation does on physical , mental and emotional levels . It’s a deeply relaxing mind and body workout !! 

Not only does it help the body “drop” from the endless chatter of the head and into the deep wisdom of the heart , it also helps us “drop” from the busy Beta levels we are normally on down to alpha and even theta levels.

This brings clarity, focus, perspective, motivation, imagination, creativity, mindfulness, self empowerment, immunity, better sleep, better health, improved decision making and communication. 

Meditation reduces stress and anxiety because it floods the body with oxytocin (love and nurture), serotonin (confidence, self esteem and happiness), dopamine (motivation and pleasure) and endorphins (pain relief). 

While all these happy hormones and coping chemicals zoom around our bodies, we are taken out of fight or flight, blood pressure is lowered and the 37.2 TRILLION cells in your body are all boosted until they shine!!

We feel able to cope and function and the risk of depression during these challenging fines is massively reduced. 

Aren’t our minds and bodies just INCREDIBLE !! 

Please watch my video below.

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