Positive touch quite simply sustains life. Without it, our health is compromised. With it, we can help to heal the world physically and mentally, whilst teaching each other the difference between positive and negative touch.
And there’s never been a better time for us all to literally reach out, to touch another and to ask for touch.
The irrefutable evidence is universal.
Gentle physical touch regulates blood pressure. It reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and releases pleasure hormones such as endorphins as well as oxytocin which is often known as ‘the love hormone’. And it activates the vagus nerve which is intimately involved with our compassionate response.
Dacher Keltner Ph.D, Professor of Psychology at U.C Berkeley has researched how positive touch can bring us emotional balance and better mental health.
Proper uses of touch truly have the potential to transform the practice of medicine—and it’s cost effective to boot – Dacher Keltner
If touch isn’t a regular thing for you, you’re missing out on a huge part of what makes us human. Be brave, ask for and offer simple touch such as holding hands, a hand on a shoulder or back and better still, a hug. It might become a habit for you!
To touch can be to give life – Michaelangelo
Check out the Association of Massage Therapists
infographic on massage and mental health