Are you getting enough touch?

What is Touch and Why is Touch important?
“To touch is to give life” said Michelangelo.

Physical touch is a vital aspect of our life, health and communication.

Research shows that physical touch contributes to animal and human development in an essential way. A new-born that is not receiving touch will struggle to grow healthy while a baby who gets a lot of touch will have a reinforced immune system and a significantly higher chance to thrive in life.In education, as little as a pat on the shoulder can encourage participation and learning substantially compared to a no-touch environment.Furthermore, touch provides you with Oxytocin, the happy hormone. Oxytocin diminishes stress. It creates a feel good effect in the body, providing relaxation and a sense of safety. It is also called the bonding hormone, responsible for creating attachment between a mum and her child for example. The lack of touch can contribute to a sense of isolation, non-belonging, depression and self-loathing.And finally, touch is also a direct way to communicate emotions and particularly positive emotions like love and compassion. The skin and tissues are so sensitive that you can pick up the vibe you are receiving very easily. Receiving physical touch can reach and touch you very deeply.

Are you receiving enough touch on a daily basis?

Did you know that in our Western culture, we are on average very touch deprived. A study in the 60’s counted that friends having a conversation in a cafe in England might touch as little as… zero times during their meeting, compared to 110 times in France, 180 in Puerto Rico.

Hopefully this has evolved a bit, but it speaks enough to say that, in the UK, you might struggle to get enough touch if you are not actively creating opportunities for it. Even in a romantic relationship, physical touch might be reduced to intercourse and you might not get the full range of satisfying or nurturing touch.

If you are fortunate, family and friends can be a great source of touch. In my family, there was little touch when I was growing up and I did miss it. Today, my daily practices and body of work include touch which means I have made sure that I exchange touch regularly. So, how can you get your needs met in regards to touch?

COMING NEXT : 3 WAYS TO MEET YOUR NEEDS IN PHYSICAL TOUCH

Find out how you can meet your needs in all circumstances

Part 1: Self-Pampering,
  or… How to get touch on a desert island?

Part 2: You’re not alone,
  or… Hurray there is life on your island!

Part 3: We’re in this together,
  or… More of us have come home to the fact that touch is vital part of life…

 

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