From Chaos to Calm as Lockdown Lifts – The Power of Touch an article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!
Touch is key to boosting immunity!!! Perfect for these times we find ourselves in!
It also grounds and boosts our mental health too which is hugely linked to our physical health.
Massage naturally stimulates happy hormones and coping chemicals, most notably serotonin (the hormone of happiness, confidence, self-esteem), oxytocin (love and nurture), dopamine (pleasure, focus, concentration, and motivation along with other higher or executive brain functions) and endorphins (pain relief, euphoria, and wellbeing). Therapeutic touch through massage also grounds, calms, relaxes, eases stress which can lead to ill health, lowers/stabilises blood pressure and hugely boosts memory and learning.
As Michelangelo noted hundreds of years ago “to touch is to give life”. Touch is the core sense which is present when as babies we explore the world before we open our eyes and is the last sense remaining until we pass. In a nutshell human need touch to thrive. Experiments from the 1950’s/60’s with Harry Harlow, although controversial due to different times, proved that touch boosts immunity, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, physical health, and growth as well as better bonding skills and trust, far greater resilience to stress and less behavioural issues.
Leaders in the field such as Darlene Francis, Michael Meaden and Tiffany Field continue to prove these results to this day. Touch also boosts resilience to peer pressure and makes for better relationships both at school and work as well as leading to financial gain as a result. Great as so many of begin the return to work.
So please watch my short video and see how you can begin massaging yourselves, family, and friends with just a few very simple techniques. Followed by a few diagrams to accompany this week’s video.
See you next week! Giuliana
Charity Wellbeing Ambassador, Multi award winning therapist, author, Children’s university Learning Destination, Centre of Excellence