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It's all about the power of human touch

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Cindy Gellinger is the new massage therapist at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. She will provide massages on Tuesdays by appointment.

An interesting thing was discussed recently at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center: the power of human touch.

The frequency of human touch varies throughout our lives. As children we may have been hugged by Mom a lot; dating and marriage introduced more human touch and cuddling. We experience touch by petting the dog or hugging a friend.

Human touch is vital to your health and wellbeing. It is known that a newborn denied of human touch can experience delayed growth, behavioral and cognitive conditions that can last well into adulthood. From personal experience, I know that when I don’t feel well, if my husband hugs me I immediately feel better.

And how about the benefits of human touch, as in a massage? Studies show that massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for anxiety and digestive disorders.

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center has just hired a new masseuse, Cindy Gellinger, licensed massage therapist and certified manual lymph drainage therapist. She specializes in oncology and manual lymphatic drainage as well as Swedish relaxation massage. She will offer massage at the center every Tuesday from noon-6 p.m. by appointment. The fee for an hour-long massage is $48; a half-hour-long massage is $24. Cindy is so excited to start serving the patrons of the ACC. If you have never had a massage, rest assured that your body stays warm and covered; the only part exposed is the section being massaged. Cindy will adjust the pressure of her touch to what is best for you. Massage is great for relieving stress, improving circulation, relaxation and supplying the all-important human touch. Call the center at 503-635-3758 to make an appointment.