Touch is one of the most important senses that we humans possess. It’s the first sense we develop as a foetus in our mother’s womb and is critical for our health and wellbeing at every stage of our lives.
As we grew from babies into infants, we relied on our sense of touch to navigate and learn about the world around us and this continued well into childhood. If you can’t remember that far back, just watch any baby or young child to see how they instinctively touch everything in their environment as a way to learn about the world around them. Yet the power of touch and its importance for our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual development extends far beyond childhood.
The Power of Touch for Human Growth
Sadly many people underestimate the healing power of touch and the joy it can bring to our lives. In fact, positive, nurturing touch is just as important for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, as food and water is.
As a retired massage therapist, I wonder what the future holds for the value of touch in our lives in world now dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, where touching another person has been criminalised, hugging your loved ones is banned, and having a massage seems like suicide mission. We have to ask what kind of culture and society we want to create when we prevent grandparents from embracing their grandchildren for fear of them dying from catching the virus, while letting them deteriorate mentally, physically and emotionally in care homes – some to die alone. What does all this mean for tactile living? How will the further erosion of touch in society impact our health and wellbeing into the future? Time will tell. All I know is that there’s nothing more uplifting for your soul that to be positively touched by another human.
Refer to the article by Tiffany Field about how touch has been affected by coronavirus.