This article explains that a lack of touch will kill a baby. Our skin comes from the same tissue that our brain comes from as we develop. We all grew up in a culture where we were touch deprived. As a Rolfer I see this particularly with my male clients. I know I was one of them.
Several factors determine the level of comfort or discomfort during a Rolfing session. One is the degree of trauma in the system; another is how long fascial distortions have been in the client’s body. Long-term distortions create more tenacious and widespread compensatory patterns, which may require more sustained pressure to release.