A 13 -year -old boy in Vienna, Virginia, fights his school’s “no-touching” rule CNN news reported Thursday, June 21, 2007 (view video here). So if you cannot touch in school, at work, or in public, where can you touch? It seems that our hands-off society is obsessed with separating us from one another, but what is this doing to our families. Computers, cell phones and other high tech devices have taken the place of sit down meals. Are we turning into robots? What about the infants whose brains do not fully develop because of the lack of loving touch? What about the children diagnosed with mental illnesses because they are acting out with violent behavior because of touch hunger? How do we heal cutaneous deprivation in the elderly who are isolated with little to no physical contact from their infrequent visitors? The answers to these questions and more are on one website, www.touchisgreat.com.
Links to articles and expert studies on touch deprivation and tips on healthy touch are on the Touch Is Great site. Visitors can view and share loving touch testimonials, sound off on the touch poll or blog and through September 30, register to win a cruise for two to the Bahamas compliments of Health and Fitness ICU. An aggressive touch deprivation awareness campaign began June 1 and with the help of ambassadors and their team members in each state, we hope that by October 1, one million people will know how this dis-ease is affecting our families and communities and that loving touch heals.”
The Vienna boy may be taking on his school but a Detroit touch professional dares to take on even the profession she represents by stepping outside the box to shout, “Loving touch heals”. Versandra Kennebrew has been a holistic health advocate in Metro Detroit for seven years receiving the Spirit of Detroit Award for her leadership and commitment to enhancing the lives of Detroit residents. Massage magazine highlighted her best practices as the director of the Health and Fitness ICU Wellness Resource Center. Featured in the Detroit News and interviewed on WXYZ and WGN morning news, her message about the benefits of massage has now shifted to the benefits of touch.
Some massage professionals may think that teaching families the art of touch for use at home to enhance bonding and communication can take away from their business but Versandra and other supporters of the Touch Is Great campaign see things differently. “When I was a student in massage school, I was asked why I wanted to become a massage therapist and I answered, I want to heal the world”. As I went on to massage more than 3000 people, I realized that one person could not physically do this, but what I call the power of one will”, says Kennebrew. She wants to move beyond simply teaching and providing massage therapy, to planting seeds around the world by teaching professionals and non-professionals alike to share the art of touch to heal our families. Her view is that loving families equate to loving communities. Loving communities equal less violence and greater pride.
The highlight of this campaign may very well be the Touch Is Great national launch September 15, 2007 from 10am – 5pm at the Dakota Building in Ann Arbor Mi. With the assistance of event sponsors, Mind Body & Soul Magazine and Mind Body and Spirit Academe, the Touch Is Great campaign will feature FREE Hugs, chair massages and a variety of interactive workshops for children, couples and the elderly. The cost to the public is only $5 in advance or $10 the day of the event. Children under 5 and seniors over 62 get in Free. Limited vendor space is still available.
For more information about the Touch Is Great campaign or launch, contact: Versandra Kennebrew at (313) 443-2571
CNN News link: Click the link below to view the interview with the child and his father