This is a story about twins, one weaker than the other and failing in her fight to survive. The mother of the twins couldn’t stand the fact that her youngest was suffering alone and wanted to hold her. Mum knew she wasn’t allowed into the incubator to touch her daughter or she could infect her baby making her even weaker. A compromise was reached whereby the stronger twin, who was doing just fine, was placed into the incubator too. Almost as a reflex the stronger twin moved to hug her younger weaker twin and stayed like that sleeping with her sister. Within a month both twins were at home being cared for by their parents. Today both twins are healthy young girls enjoying life.
Whether we are bringing our intention into therapeutic touch or we are acting by compassionate reflex or being guided by unconscious unknowing, human touch can have restorative healing potential.
We all know what it is like to have plans scuppered and not to work out. To paraphrase the pain system as a difference system is to say pain can manifest from negative differences between our dreams (plans) and what actually transpires. We can be laden down with analysis paralysis of the gap between where I am and what I would have chosen for myself. Depression can occur when we are bogged down in this difference. A state which is associated with chronic re-occurring back and neck pain, headaches / migraines.