Why did we name our company LotusTouch?

Good question, and one that we get asked frequently so we thought we better write it down to make sure that we don't forget, and so that we both give the same answer!

Part 1  LOTUS

  1. The Lotus flower is the ultimate symbol of positive transformation. It thrives in the muddiest swamps but emerges beautiful and unsullied. Over centuries, many have used the Lotus as an analogy of the power that each person possesses, to be able to use difficult situations as the fuel to create something wonderful. The muddier the swamp, or more challenging the situation, the more beautiful the flower, or life that can be created.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  2. The Lotus flower is also special because it produces fruit and blossom at the same time. This concept, often described as the simultaneity of cause and effect, teaches that when we make a cause, the effect is also manifested immediately in the depths of our lives. We may not see it yet, but it is there. This is an extremely liberating idea as it means that instead of obsessing over past mistakes, we can start to make changes in the present and trust that they are immediately moving our life in a new, positive direction. Shakyamuni Buddha taught this teaching in the Lotus Sutra (sutra means teaching) near the end of his life. He meant for people to realise that they could become happy in this lifetime, that they didn't need to be reborn in a pure land, or go to heaven, instead they should create heaven on earth as this is the only reality we can be sure of. Wahoo!
How does this relate to massage? Very closely...
  1. The more stressed a person, the more dramatic the difference we can achieve through relieving their tense shoulders, lowering their blood pressure and boosting their endorphins.                                                                                                                          
  2. We wanted LotusTouch to be like the lotus flower, going to the muddiest swamps, challenging work places, and transforming them into creative environments where people can do their best.                                                                                           
  3. The simultaneous benefit of massage. You have a massage and not only do you feel the benefits tomorrow, but it also feels really great immediately.

Part 2  TOUCH 

The second part of our name, 'Touch' is probably a little bit more obvious.  

As massage therapists, we specialise in touch, the first sense to develop in the foetus and the only sense that doesn't lose its potency with age. We can detail the benefits of massage in other blogs, but what about the simple power of 'touch', without any particular massage skills required? 
  1. Scientists have proven that touch lowers stress levels, boosts immune systems and halts or slows the progress of disease.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  2. Experiments showed that a hormone called Oxytocin was released by social physical contact. This hormone reduces blood pressure, increases pain thresholds and promotes growth and healing.                                                                                              
  3. Let's all hold hands!
Massage is still a relatively novel idea to most people in the West. Seen as a luxury it is often sidelined for 'a few pints in the pub', but studying the importance of 'touch' alone it seems that as a society we are in more need of touch than most. One study that highlighted the English lack of physical contact examined different coffee houses around the world. During a one hour sitting 180 touchings were observed for Puerto Ricans, 110 for French, none for English and 2 for Americans. This may be explained by the fact that we live in a low-context culture, somewhere where we favour words over other means of expression, perhaps this a reason why we have such a rich literary history, but unfortunately it does mean that we are missing out on the feel-good benefits listed above of haptic (Greek = 'I touch') communication. 

I hope that goes a little way to explaining why we chose to combine the transformative 'Lotus' with the human power of 'Touch' to sum up our company. And the fact that we thought 'monkey massage' didn't sound very professional. :-)