Need: What is the attitude toward massage and/or touch in your community?
I have decided to re-start my massage therapy practice but with a different spin on how it used to be. I am gearing my massage toward women and children and would eventually like to travel to different countries to teach massage to women who may not have access to it. The power of touch is amazing and can be healing mentally as well as physically. I strive to teach these women basic techniques so they can administer massage to their peers as well as their children. I see a village or town where all the women know this skill and can trade it with each other. I truly believe that even a short, mindful period of even just holding hands can lead the way to mutual support, friendships and healing. My offering of massage does not have to be unclothed or even on a massage table....it can be fully clothed, sitting in a chair with very light pressure.
I feel like my head is spinning with all of the possibilities of this, but first I ask for your help. I need to know how massage and touch is perceived and accepted in your community? Is massage accepted as a legitimate practice or is it stigmatized to mean a sexual experience? Also, is there a traditional form of massage or touch that is practiced where you live?
Any input at all about the perceptions and reactions to massage and touch in your surroundings would be very, very much appreciated. Please know that this information is only for my eyes and is to better understand the ways to teach and administer massage/touch in different cultures so I can better my skills and learn new ones.
Many thanks and many blessings,