The Human Touch, is a book I was inspired to write for anybody who wishes to learn how to better care for themselves and for their loved one. Its for intention is to bring alternative and complementary therapeutic protocols and resources to the main stream. In a short concise no thrills manner, my aim is to give people a starting place to tap into their “inner therapist”, feel safe in their bodies and the confidence to be able to hold safe quality space for their loved ones who may be in need of energetic, emotional, mental and physical support.
Bel on the look out, we are editing and designing the book right now and soon a 3 hour video course will be available.
The Power of Physical Touch
Basic warm touch calms cardiovascular stress.
It activates the body’s 10th cranial/ "vagus nerve”, which is intimately involved with our compassionate response, and a simple touch can trigger release of oxytocin, aka “the love hormone.”
More touch equals more circulation in our blood stream, more energy throughout our day, feeling more connected to humanity and not isolated and more compassion for self and others. We will explore more on the Vagus nerve and how we can work with it as a means to relax and release tension and anxiety.
Warm touch is the solution, delivering emotional and mental security in this ever changing world of lack, fear and scarcity. Physical touch is so immediate, nurturing and affirming. Do you remember when you were a little one and you were nervous about trying something new and all you needed was your parent or coach to come up to you and put their arms around you to let you know, that “no matter what it is going to be alright.” Simple as a hug and a smile. It doesn’t take much to jump start someones energetic field and raise their confidence levels.!
Our hands, “are our primary language of compassion, and a primary means for spreading compassion”.
With the need so great, for impersonal and personal touch, why are we not giving and getting enough?
One glaring and sad reason why we are such a “touch phobic society,” is that we have touched inappropriately sexually or violently without our consent.
This is the lowest form of behavior and it is a shame people are still being victimized all over the globe. We can reframe and heal these traumatic incidents with healthy touch.
I have seen it first hand, human intelligence is ever seeking a way to recover and get back to homeostasis.
We can help inspire our loved ones, overcome their fears of intimacy and lack of connection, with the gentle touch techniques that are in this book.
We were taught to fear touch in public displays of affection. Some is cultural. I grew up in a family where it was normal and safe to hug and show affection for family and friends. With the studies that are out, now we are seeing the profound benefits of physical touch can have on the mental and emotional plane.
A review of research, found that preterm newborns who received just three 15-minute sessions of touch therapy each day for 5-10 days gained 47 percent more weight than premature infants who’d received standard medical treatment.
Imagine if we could give and receive just one 15-minute sessions of touch therapy per week or received a hug 3 times per day? We can!
Imagine how good our relationships with our friends and partners could improve?
We are such sensitive, delicate and intelligent beings, needing to know that we are safe, loved and cared for.
“To touch is to give life.” -Michaelangelo.
“Physical touch is the foundational element of human development and culture.
The growing preoccupation with digital media versus personal physical contact, combined with the social and legal restrictions over physical contact in our schools and workplaces, may unintentionally affect these factors negatively”.
(Kansas Health Care Association
This is why we need to nurture our loved ones with lots of physical contact in its many various forms of gentle, safe therapeutic communication and touch. Our cultural development is dependent upon the quality of touch that we are given!! We can do this for our children, our friends and people in our community. Strengthening our bonds and sense of belonging and connection.