Some populations are more at risk for
- The Elderly living alone, Widows, Widowers
- The lonely. Not in a relationship, and don't want to have to be, just for touch
- Those living away from friends and family due to work, school, or other life circumstances
- Those whose Significant Others who do not like to be physically affectionate
- People living with HIV. Ignorance can cause friends and family to abandon.
- Separated, but not yet divorced
- Survivors of abuse who wish to conquer their fears about touch in a safe container, with someone they can trust
- Sufferers of PTSD from other traumas
What does touch do?
*Improves mood, lessens anxiety and depression (measurably increased levels of dopamine, oxytocin, endorphins, and seratonin--the same brain chemicals stimulated by anti-depressants)
*Lowers blood pressure
*Aids in deeper, more relaxed breathing
*Lowers heart rates
*Improves immunity and produces faster recoveries
*Improves ability to cope with chronic and acute pain
*Facilitates better social, emotional, and physical development in
children and babies
*Adds an additional layer of context to verbal communication, increases understanding
*increases co-operation, participation, and self esteem in students
*increases co-operative spirit, compassion, and empathy in adults
By contrast, individuals who are touch-deprived often have increased difficulty in many of these same areas.
With such clear benefits, why aren't we touching more?
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