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THE HEALING POWER OF TOUCH

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-by Juliet Wheater

 

New-borns that are given nurturing touch grow faster and have more improved mental and motor skill development.Partners who cuddle have been shown to have lower stress levels and blood pressure and improved immune function. Elderly people who receive the soothing, affirming experience of touch have been shown to better handle the process of aging. 

(Source: Healthline.com)

Perhaps one of the toughest things about lockdown for many of us is not being able to see our friends or family. To not feel the touch of their embrace. They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and human touch has been in short supply during the worldwide pandemic. Difficult for the spa therapists amongst you and most certainly your clients too. Spa and the expert, reassuring and beneficial touch it offers, we anticipate, will be in hot demand on reopening. 

Consumers in Covid-19 lockdown are looking forward to beauty therapy the most, after quarantine. This activity comes out on top, ahead of socialising, eating out and travel, according to Kantar (April 2020). The data, insights and consulting firm, scanned global English language social media conversations around Covid-19, quarantine and coronavirus, using its real time human and artificial intelligence system to identify what people were most looking forward to, post lockdown. 

The benefits of human touch, and the biological releases that come with it, can manifest positively in mental and physical health. Physical touch increases levels of dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters that help regulate mood as well as help the body relieve stress and anxiety. Dopamine is also known to regulate the pleasure centre in your brain, which is a good counter to feelings of anxiety. 

Touch appears to stimulate our bodies to react in very specific ways. The right kind can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels and drive the release of a host of hormones and neuropeptides that have been linked to positive and uplifting emotions. There’s no doubt that the physical effects of touch are abundant. 

If touch is a language, it seems we instinctively know how to use it. But it's a skill we take for granted and one we underestimate when communicating. There's much to be gained from embracing our tactile sense—in particular, more positive interactions and a deeper sense of connection with others.

During lockdown the lack of physical contact with others can have a real impact on mental health and wellbeing, particularly if isolating alone. Now that human touch has been restricted due to social distancing measures many people may start to feel emotionally, mentally and psychologically detached which could lead to sadness, anxiety and perhaps depression. 

People with no history of mental illness are developing serious psychological problems for the first time as a result of the lockdown, amid growing stresses over isolation, job insecurity, relationship breakdown and bereavement, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has disclosed. (The Guardian). 

So, let’s be mindful of the fact that our spa staff and clients alike, will have suffered to some degree with their mental health during Covid-19. 

 

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Monday, 06 July 2020