The first sense we develop as foetus is touch. Touch is our first language. We are born to touch and to be touched.
The positive outcomes of touch has been proven in many ways.
Touch decreases inflammation.
Hugs strengthen the immune system. This is explained by the gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge which stimulates the thymus gland responsible for the regulation of the production of white blood cells, which secures health.
Scholars show that when a doctor gets eye contact with a complex disease patient and pats on his/her shoulder, these boosts the survival rate.
The simple act of holding hands brings benefits as:
• decreases the level of cortisol – a stress hormone
• produces the oxytocin hormone, which is essential for social bonding
• lowers blood pressure
• relieves pain
We touch our phones 2 617 times a day. On average we touch your face 2 000 to 3 000 times per day. How often do we consciously touch and make use of the healing power of touch?