Giving Thanks for Healthy Touch

Giving Thanks for Healthy Touch

 

In light of recent exposure of sexual predators and touch without consent, I felt the need to address the subject of healthy touch.

My career in the spa and wellness industry began in 1983. Touch was a crucial element to my work.

Unfortunately, I am also a part of the #metoo campaign due to inappropriate advances from clients and a few men from my past.

Boundaries and consent are necessary and the focus of this subject has me concerned that we will now be afraid to touch others.

This world we live in has already become so disconnected as it is and we must not ignore the positive aspects of healthy touch.

Positive, healthy touch is vital to our health, human development, and our ability to bond with others.

Studies show that non-sexual touch promotes greater trust, stronger immune systems, decreased violence and overall well-being.

If we are not getting enough healthy touch, we can feel lonely, anxious and depressed.

Research shows that hugging can instantly boost oxytocin levels which heal feelings of isolation, anger and loneliness.

If you have experienced trauma with touch, please seek the help of a professional who specializes in this trauma. When you have reached a healthy place of acceptance, a Body Code session may be beneficial in maintaining the healing work you have accomplished by releasing energetic imbalances in the mind, body and spirit that can interfere with your progress.

 

How can we increase our touch quota?

  1. We can ask permission to give and receive a hug
  2. If you have a pet, spend time cuddling with your furry friend or volunteer at a shelter. You would be amazed at how gratifying it can be to give and receive snuggles from these beautiful, sentient beings!
  3. Get a massage or hands on energy healing- Trained professionals who are very mindful of the need for touch can be just what the Doctor ordered.
  4. Join a group or club where touch is part of the program such as dancing, partner yoga or game nights where consensual touch is available.
  5. Go to your reunions! On a personal note, the best part of attending my class reunions is all of the hugs that I am able to give and receive! So much love and mutual gratitude for the connection I still have with so many childhood friends!

In closing, I hope you all have a safe space to express yourself with healthy touch!

May you have much to be thankful for this year!