The importance of positive touch
Scientific research has shown that when it comes to the wellbeing of humans, a positive touch plays a huge part.
These can come in the form of gestures that we all take for granted; such as a pat on the back, a touch on the arm whilst deep in conversation, a cuddle with your pet.
But even the smallest of touch can result in a better sense of emotional and physical wellbeing. It is the one thing that sets us aside from other animals.
So why don’t we learn more about touch and what it can do for us? First of all, we can take a look at the physical and emotional benefits of touch.
The physical and emotional benefits of touch
It builds trust- Touch can be used to bond and develop a feeling of trust. Physical touch is known by scientists to activate the orbitofrontal cortex of the brain which is linked to the feelings of compassion.
It gives you a lift- When you are feeling low, does a good hug make you feel all the better? This is thanks to the fact that it warms you up and makes you feel happier about your situation.
It builds a team- The humble handshake could be responsible for releasing oxytocin into your bloodstream. Oxytocin in turn increases the chances that you will be treated as family and a feeling of a team, a unit can be created, even if the people don’t know each other at all.
It gives your immune system a boost- Research has shown that women who receive more hugs from their partners have lower heart rates and blood pressure readings. This points to the fact that a simple physical touch can strengthen your immune system. Hugs in particular put pressure on the sternum and activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This in turn stimulates the thymus gland which will boost the body’s production of white blood cells.
Complementary therapy and touch
When it comes to complementary therapy, many of them rely on the benefits of touch to help those who need it.
Massage is one of the most popular types of complementary therapies that feature touch. A massage can stimulate your body in a range of ways and make sure that you are feeling relaxed and healthy.
Reiki is another therapy that harnesses the power of touch, it focuses on increasing the electromagnetic field that surrounds a person. It is known to improve a range of painful conditions and relax and de-stress people.
So now you know just what a simple hug, or pat on the back could do for you and those around you, what are you waiting for? Get out there, give the ones you love a great big cuddle and see how much better you feel.