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February 17, 2004

This Coupon Good For One Hug

The Ohio Beacon Journal discusses the value of hugging and human touch in general.

Studies in animals suggest the benefit of human touch, according to Joan Fox, the director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

"There are also many studies suggesting benefits from massage," Fox said. "These would suggest benefits of human touch."

Of course, we have to be careful on this subject. There are times when touch leads to abuse, or accusations of abuse, especially in schools and workplaces. In some settings, it's safer and more appropriate to keep a distance.

As a professional in the touch industry, I've experienced situations where a hug became a potential problem when misinterpreted. My policy is generally not to hug my clients--they get unconditional touch on the table.

Posted by linda at February 17, 2004 10:29 AM

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