The Undervalued Power of Touch
In one way or another at some time or the other, we reach out and touch someone or we are touched by someone, on the field, in the boardroom or even by a passing stranger during our daily hustle and bustle. From early too many of us learn there is ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch.’ And then there is the downright ‘touchy-feely’ that is associated with certain professions or types of people. But have we ever understood the magnitude of the power of touch?
Touch is so powerful that, Psychology Today notes; “we begin receiving tactile signals even before birth, as the vibration of our mother’s heartbeat is amplified by amniotic fluid.” Even before Birth! How much more then is its power after birth? Yet this is what happens;
‘Touching tends to have become taboo in the American school system and valid fears about abusive forms of touching rightfully limit contact within the classroom.’ (Nicolas Guéguen, Professor of Psychology)
Here we have the harsh realities of our world with the rampant abuse of children by adults causing us to underutilize the power of ‘good touch.’ So we continue to Break the Silence but even so ought we to simply discard the potentials for ‘good touch’?
You decide! More nurturing touch, less violence, was one of 14 many powers of touch noted in this article http://www.heysigmund.com/the-remarkable-power-of-touch/
The article highlighted that “research shows that when there is greater physical affection during childhood, the rates of adult physical violence are lower. On the other hand, when touch is limited, physical and verbal aggression is higher. The results have been found in both adolescents and children.”
Those words “reach out and touch somebody’s hand, make this World a better place if you can” might be much more that lyrics to a beautiful song after all. Psychology Today also noted, “if touch is a language, it seems we instinctively know how to use it. But apparently it’s a skill we take for granted.”
And the great thing about touch is its mutuality. For example, Field’s research has revealed that a person giving a massage experiences as great a reduction in stress hormones as the person on the receiving end. So it would seem that massage therapy might actually be one of those ways we can make this World a better place not just for one but for all.
Have you ever gotten a massage?
Renowned speaker and life coach Tony Robbins has also chimed in on the power of touch. He wrote in an article https://www.tonyrobbins.com/mind-meaning/the-power-of-touch/
- Partners who cuddle have been shown to have lower stress levels and blood pressure and improved immune function.
- Elderly people who receive the soothing, affirming experience of touch have been shown to better handle the process of aging and passing with dignity.
- From the moment we are born to the final days of our lives, touch acts as a central aspect of the human experience — impacting our physical, mental and emotional health, and quite literally shaping the way we go through our lives.
And think about it, with the hustle and the bustle many of us go through our lives tense and on edge, yet what do we do about it? For most of us nothing! Why? All because we undervalue the Power of Touch!
Is there not a better way? Especially when we consider the well documented touch benefits of; reducing stress, communicating compassion, makes you more civil, civic and cooperative, nurtures growth and development, reduces depressive symptoms for Alzheimer’s patients, acts as a source of encouragement, increases our likeability, promotes team success, makes an apology feel more heartfelt, fosters closer intimacy between partners and “Massage therapy reduces the pain in pregnant women, helps to ease the symptoms of prenatal depression and improves the couple relationship.” https://bodyecology.com/articles/healing_power_of_touch.php
Need more be before us before we realize how much we are undervaluing the power of touch? And what are we going to do about it? We can seriously consider our own experience of massage therapy. Taking all those benefits of touch and kneading them right into our life. Those benefits of regular touch that help with our mind body connection and so;
- Decreases anxiety
- Increases the number of white blood cells
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases endorphin levels (your feel-good hormones)
- Helps you sleep better
Did you know that YOU can have this healing power, literally at your fingertips? When you experience a massage from Sosa Massage Services you are working out that day to day stress and working in that much needed dose of touch benefits. And this is no cheap talk, studies suggest a number of ways touch can help us stay healthy, massage, for example, has been shown to lower blood pressure, slow heart rate and even help premature babies gain weight. And what makes Sosa MASSAGE Services stand out is ‘The Professional Touch’ that keeps getting better with time.
One article noted, “You can’t touch without being touched,” and at Sosa MASSAGE Services the masseuse monitors clients response and feedback and allowing this to truly guide improvements made with each massage allowing that professional touch to keep getting better and better.
Renowned neuroscientist David Linden recently-released book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind, explores how our sense of touch and our emotional responses impacts our lives in a very real way. We have a choice to make to value the power of touch and let it impact our lives in a real way for good.
To make that move toward massage therapy contact 1-868-355-1205 Sosa MASSAGE Services.
For long-term wellbeing, touch is as important as food and security.
We need touch, that comfort, that connection, the security and powerful emotional and physical health benefits that come from being touched in safe and appropriate ways. Over and over research has found that the benefits of touch don’t stop at the people we feel safe folding into. Just about one second of safe, interpersonal touch; a hand to the back or on the shoulder can influence health and behaviour in remarkable ways.
Why continue then to undervalue the power of touch.