I was in my neighborhood taking a walk, and heard a little child crying. My heart went out to the child; he seemed to be crying for more then five minutes. I was thinking, “Where is his mother, why does not she hold him and reassure him that everything is okay?” Thoughts went through my head, thinking that since the laws came into effect to not touch a child or you will be persecuted for child abuse, America’s children are suffering from touch deprivation. That’s why I researched Eastern health alternatives —the ayurvedic system of massage, and other helpful techniques that soothe this deprivation with excellent results. I further explored their marma therapy; touching therapies are useful for healing aliments and concerns of the human anatomy. Continuing research I observed that there were three major marma points: the crown of the head, the center of the chest or the heart, and the pelvic area that these specialists focused on. Everyone knows that the body has five senses, but the most powerful one is touch.
It has been proven with orphans and abandoned children in America and foreign nations, that when newborns are neglected at birth, left alone, or isolated in their cribs, there are numerous ill effects on that child’s development. The child does not thrive, learn to trust, develops a distorted sense of danger, can not connect with another caretaker. He creates his own reality, which is distrustful, fearful, and full of anxiety and low self-esteem. The child will be afraid to reach out to another, waiting for the rejection, and unable to bond with another and function socially with others. There are symptoms of withdrawal, constant crying, until it turns into a tiny whimper and after awhile no sound at all, rages, tantrums, defiance and no consciousness of what is right and/or wrong. Research has displayed that these orphans suffer from cognitive, physical, and psychosocial deficiencies throughout their lives. As time progresses and the child is neglected, not touched by human contact, he and/or she is usually diagnosed by pretoddler years to kindergarten with a neurological disorder, an autoimmune illness, or a psychotically mental disorder that inhibits his/her true potential of what he/she could have achieved if one caretaker taken the time out, held that child for a while each day, and answered their cries for human contact and soothing tender loving care.
In America today, due to misguided criminals, and fear of being sued if you touch, hug, and place a healing hand upon a child, we are suffering touch deprivation today. The children of tomorrow are suffering for our anxieties of being persecuted for caring. That is why America and the Western world should allow this relatively new form of therapy, with supervision, to be incorporated into our communities. What is your opinion?