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I am a localization manager/translator and intercultural consultant living in Berlin (Germany), passionate about languages, cultures, diversity management, dancing and good movies.  

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Skin Deep

[All what you need for a little bit of... stone therapy]

Lately I'm learning and researching a lot about body massages. Every kind of body massages.
Ayurvedic massage, Balinese massage, Swedish massage, Shiatsu massage, Watsu massage... and so on. You could be surprised to discover how many different types of massage you can choose from.

Suddenly I've realized, once again, how important our body is. How important is to be connected. To feel with your own body. To be hugged. To experience warmth, but not the kind of you can get from someone is trying to sell you something. To deeply touch somebody important for you.

And once again, I thought of this beautiful post by Julien Smith. Here just a taste:

Touching a screen isn’t the same as touching a person. The best stuff happens outside the web. Outside is new and frightening, not comfortable. Encountering pain helps transform your vision of yourself and forces you to grow.

To be touched could obviously mean to be hurt, as well. Most of the times, to be honest, if you care about someone or something, you become vulnerable. And it makes any difference, whether or not someone is going to use this 'power' against you because this person is or is not interested in you.
How can you feel alive without to be touched?

I know exactly when I gave someone a 'real' hug the last time. And yes, it hurts a lot. And if you're asking yourself if I would do it again, in the same situation, the answer is just 'For sure!'. Even more deeply than I did, I guess.
But what about you?

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