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Day 6: Loving hands


I was gifted these wooden carved hands today.

This was an unexpected gift from my massage therapist, Pip, whom I had only ever visited once before. I had an appointment with her this morning for a back, neck and shoulder massage – too much time in front of the computer is taking its toll on me! As she massaged my body I started to think about hands and their healing touch. My body was very tense and sore, yet she worked her magic and I felt amazingly nurtured.

The earliest written material regarding massage appears in a Chinese book dating about 2700BC in which “Stroking with the palm of the hand is advocated to alleviate the symptoms of a number of ailments”.

Source: Wellington City Osteopaths

While I was getting dressed following my massage I noticed these little wooden hands sitting on the desk in the corner of the room.

“Pip, I know this is going to sound weird but could I please take a photo of the hands over there?”

She walked over to them, picked them up and handed them to me saying, “You don’t need to take a photo, you can have them.”

I was surprised and my initial reaction was to decline the offer.

She looked at me and said, “I have a feeling they need to move on. They were gifted to me and now it is your turn to have them.”

I accepted the gift and was really touched by her generosity. I felt so connected to her and yet I didn’t know this woman at all. As I walked out of the room my entire being felt warm and energised.

This afternoon I tried to photograph these wooden hands and the whole time I kept thinking how for granted we take our hands. As with so many things, we don’t appreciate what we have until it is threatened in some way or taken away from us. Can you imagine life without your hands?

They are our chief organs for physically manipulating the environment, using the roughest to the finest motor skills (wielding a club; threading a needle), and since the fingertips contain some of the densest areas of nerve endings on the human body, they are also our richest source of tactile feedback from our environment, so that our sense of touch is intimately associated with our hands.

Source: Wikipedia Hand

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