Nothing is so healing as the human touch.

Bobby Fischer

Did you know that people are getting less physical contact now than how we evolved. Many of us are practically starved for physical touch.

The reason is that in this age of smart phones, people are more in their heads and less in their bodies. We are less familiar with people and not as comfortable hugging or holding hands.

With the COVID-19 pandemic touching is at an all-time low. In many cases it’s now considered socially unacceptable to touch each other because it can add to the spread of disease.

By the way if you want to connect with someone then touching is a great way. It leads to the release of oxytocin in the brain which is the trust neurotransmitter.

Touch is important right from the time we are born, all the way through life into old age. Studies have shown that babies in neonatal care are discharged faster when they are given massages.

It has been observed that orphans who don’t get much physical contact are practically malnourished. They grow less than average.

In children, it has been shown that kids who receive more touch at home are less aggressive at school.

This has also been observed with monkeys. They become aggressive and the researcher even reported that they would be at risk of killing each other if they had opportunity to see, hear and smell each other but they were separated from each other by plexiglass. Grooming is how monkeys bond with each other as a community.

If you’re a parent you can help you children by touching them more because they won’t be getting that touch at school.

Touch also boosts our immune system. It has been shown to help produce natural killer cells which are at the front lines of our immune system.

In particular touch with a good amount of pressure helps lower your blood pressure and increases theta brain waves which are associated with relaxation.

We all intuitively know that massage is good for our wellbeing. Massage decreases cortisol and increases serotonin, the happiness neurotransmitter. It’s great for the mind, body and spirit.