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Touch massage, a rewarding experience
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Holistic Nursing, ISSN 0898-0101, E-ISSN 1552-5724, Vol. 32, no 4, 261-268 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aims to describe and analyze healthy individuals’ expressed experiences of touch massage (TM). Fifteen healthy participants received whole body touch massage during 60 minutes for two separate occasions. Interviews were analyzed by narrative analysis. Four identifiable storyline was found, Touch massage as an essential need, in this storyline the participants talked about a desire and need for human touch and TM. Another storyline was about, Touch massage as a pleasurable experience and the participants talked about the pleasure of having had TM. In the third storyline Touch massage as a dynamic experience, the informants talked about things that could modulate the experience of receiving TM. In the last storyline, Touch massage influences self-awareness, the participants described how TM affected some of their psychological and physical experiences. Experiences of touch massage was in general described as pleasant sensations and the different storylines could be seen in the light of rewarding experiences.

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Sage Publications, 2014. Vol. 32, no 4, 261-268 p.
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touch, massage, reward system, health, qualitative content analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-91881DOI: 10.1177/0898010114531855PubMedID: 24771663OAI: diva2:738399
Available from: 2014-08-18 Created: 2014-08-18 Last updated: 2016-04-28Bibliographically approved

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