welcome to a2z healing toolbox®
Navigating grief and trauma with practical tools and resources
Why consider adding touch?
Touch is a basic human need that can lessen or change when a loved one dies. Studies have shown that touch-deprived infants have a variety of health issues stemming from their lack of tactile attention, which is why many hospital programs enlist volunteers to simply hold babies. While on the grief and trauma healing journey, the touch factor can be increased by the help of friends, family, pets, licensed body workers, and certified massage therapists.
How does breathwork promote healing?
By inducing oxytocin, the “bonding hormone” that is known for reducing stress
By lowering stress level, heart rate, and blood pressure
By strengthening the immune system
By easing symptoms of depression and anxiety
- 25 Reasons to Get a Massage by American Massage Therapy Association
- The Health Benefits of Hugging by Stacy Colino in U.S. News & World Report
- Touch: The Power of Human Connection by Samantha Hess
- Touch: The Science of the Hand, Heart, and Mind by David Linden
Handy to Have at Home
Hand-Held Massage Stick – Instruction and video on how and why to use The Stick as “a toothbrush for muscles.”
- American Massage Therapy Association – Research links and tools to find a massage therapist in your area.
- Healing Touch Program – Classes, resources, and tools to find a Healing Touch practitioner in your area.