Move Beyond The Taboo of Touch in Western Society

Private no touching allowed tabooIn Western society, there is an undeniable taboo surrounding touch. We are conditioned from an early age to associate touch with intimacy, sexuality, and vulnerability. As a result, the idea of someone touching us in a safe, non-sexual, professional setting can feel uncomfortable and even embarrassing. We may feel a sense of shame or fear at the thought of allowing someone to physically access our bodies. This taboo is deeply ingrained in our culture, and it can be difficult to overcome. However, when you do so the benefits you get are wonderful.

Touch is Not Taboo During Your Massage

man on man massage is goodThe taboo of touch is particularly strong in the UK as well as other Western countries. This is in stark contrast to many Eastern cultures, where physical touch is seen as a normal part of everyday life. Here in Britain, we tend to keep our personal, physical boundaries firmly in place. Touch is often seen as a privilege reserved for romantic partners or close family members, and it is rarely seen as an acceptable form of therapy or healing. Boundaries we have grown up with can be even stricter than this. You know when someone is just too close to you and seems to be invading your personal space? (I had a boss who used to do this frequently) This is what I mean by personal boundaries. Even hugging for some people can be too much! These boundaries have been instilled in us by our upbringing in Western society as the norm which is fine. However, during a massage we consent to someone else who we trust to get close and touch us all over our body with oiled hands. So, the taboo is not there anymore.

Break Free of the Taboo – Come & Relax Call 07979 814388 to Book Today

This taboo is really unfortunate for British men, as it limits our access to the many benefits of professional massage therapy. Massage has been practiced for thousands of years and is recognized for its ability to reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, and improve overall well-being. Yet, many people hesitate to seek out this valuable therapy due to societal norms and the fear of judgment by others. Well, you can put that touch taboo aside as everything here is 100% private and confidential.

Get Comfortable Lay Back and Relax

relax,breath,unwind during your mindfful massage treatmentFor our own good it is important to challenge the notion that touch is something to be ashamed of or uncomfortable with. By reframing our perspective on touch, we can begin to embrace the healing power of massage and reiki therapies. Understanding that touch can be both therapeutic and professional allows us to let go of preconceived notions and misconceptions. Feel free to call for your treatment today to let go and just … relax. Call 07979 814388 to relax today.

Learn To Embrace Human Touch’s Benefits

By exploring the benefits of professional massage therapy, debunking myths, and understanding the professionalism of trained massage therapists, we can break down the barriers that exist around touch in Western society. We can learn to embrace the importance of human touch in our mental and physical health, and overcome our fear and discomfort. In doing so, we can reclaim the healing power of touch and unlock a world of wellness and relaxation.


Salvo S (2015) Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice Kindle Edition

Hawksley S (2013) Dancing on the Head of a Sin: Touch, Dance and Taboo

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