Lack of touch from another person can have serious effects on your health. In the last year we have stayed away from handshakes and hugs. For good reason but what effects might that lack of touch have on your mental and physical health? Touch is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. A touch can calm your nervous system, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure. It also releases oxytocin, a bonding hormone.
Touch does not need to be sensual, touch from a person you trust, like a friend, co worker or family member can have lasting effects on your health. Even gentle touch from a stranger has been shown to reduce feelings of social exclusion. There are safe ways to incorporate touch into your life. If you live with others you can greet them with a hug, touch their back or arm with speaking or just sit closer to them. If you do not live with others you can get a massage, your nails done or spend some time with animals. All of these are safe ways to incorporate touch in your life.
Join Jessica on Friday, February 19th for a workshop about the power of touch. You will need a partner, friend, or family member for the workshop. You will begin with some gentle movements with the help of your partner. Then learn of massage techniques to share. This is an amazing way to add some touch to your life. There are virtual and in-studio options available.