Benefits of Touch.
The benefits of touch are so important for us, for a number of reasons, we are all hard wired for love and affection and touch, touch has the power to heal and soothe us and give us problems if someone uses love and affection and touch, when they are being abusive and coming from fear.
There are a number of emotional and psychological benefits of love and affection and touch and when done with consent and with love and affection, touch may be very powerful for lots of reasons, touch may heal someone’s heart, touch may show you love someone and care for them, touch may make someone feel secure, people do actually see through touch.
Holding hands with someone is telling someone you love them and you are creating a bond through touch and holding hands and if you do therapies like massage, or you give your partner or a friend a massage, you are creating a loving healing bond with them.
Touch is also a form of communication, it does convey information to someone without them saying anything verbally, people may make decisions by someone using touch, without them even being aware of this.
“A hug, pat on the back, and even a friendly handshake are processed by the reward centre in the central nervous system, which is why they can have a powerful impact on the human psyche, making us feel happiness and joy,”
“To touch can be to give life,” Michelangelo
Human Touch Translates Into Feeling Security.
The need for human touch is backed by modern science. When you are touched, the many nerve endings in your skin send messages back to your brain. This is the way we feel things like pain or heat. When you are touched by another person, the signals sent to your brain translate into feelings of security, happiness and comfort. These feelings are supported by a decrease in stress hormones and an increase oxytocin, a hormone thought to calm and counter stress.
Healing Touch through Massage.
Massage is a very healing modality for many reasons.
Sometimes, your body wants more than a light, casual touch; it wants someone to dig deep. By “touching” not only your skin, but also your muscles and connective tissues, massage is able to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It also improves sleep quality and eases pain. massage strengthens the immune system by increasing the body’s number of lymphocytes (white blood cells that help defend the body from disease).
Touch through Hugging.
Hugging is something we may be able to give naturally as children when we are very young, but if hugs are not wanted from someone else, we may feel unloved, not wanted and even start to feel lonely. Hugs and Cuddles have the power to heal and make a bond with someone, if we open ourselves up to giving and receiving them. Sometimes a hug may require someone to have the strength to be vulnerable, because of the risk, that the hug may be not wanted or misinterpreted or they have had problems with being touched before and someone violated there boundaries.
When hugs are given authentically, they have the power to really make you feel good!
Releases feel good hormones.
Opens doors to feelings.
Builds Self Esteem.
Reduces stress by showing your support.
Strengthens our Relationships.
Lowers heart rate and reduce blood pressure.
Boosts your immune system.
Protects you against illness.
Boosts your heart health.
Makes you happier.
May help reduce your fears.
Helps reduce your pain.
Helps you to communicate with other people.
Touch for communicating emotions.
Touching someone by simply placing your hand on their knee an elbow or a shoulder, has the ability to communicate various ways of connection and making the other person feel good.
In one tender touch, squeeze or hug there are so many things that can be said. ‘You’ll be okay.’ ‘I’m proud of you.’ ‘Yeah, I’m worried about it too.’ ‘It’s scary isn’t it.’ ‘You’re amazing.’ ‘Come on. Talk to me.’ ‘I get it, I know it hurts’ ‘I love you.’ When it’s from the right person in the right way and with consent, it makes you feel like you understand each other and are listening to each other, respecting each other and making you feel comfortable with each other.
Sometimes there are no words, but there is touch. Touch activates the body’s vagus nerve which is intimately connected with our compassionate response. The vagus nerve is the pair of nerves that extends from the brain to the belly and passes the heart along the way.
When it is done appropriately, touch is a vital part of the human experience. When you find someone to cuddle with for longer and longer, over time your bond grows with them and you may really bond with someone and really love someone more deeply as you communicate to each other whilst cuddling them, sometimes just spending hours cuddling, talking, sleeping, watching television or a movie together, or listening to music, or cuddling at a concert or in front of other people, because you want to show everyone how much you truly love and care for each other.