The Magic of Human Touch

Recently I had the extreme pleasure of attending the Wanderlust festival in Squaw Valley. Although the entire festival was amazing my favorite class that I took was called The Release. I went into this class thinking it would be a bunch of screaming and just fully releasing what we had been holding on to, but it was so much more than that. We gave each other real lasting hugs, we looked into strangers eyes for a full minute without talking or laughing, and we told them that we loved them. This may sound weird to some skeptics out there (and maybe slightly on the hippie side of life) and I don't blame you for thinking that. Honestly, I probably would have thought that it was weird as well. However, I have never felt more connected with humankind, more loved by a group of people, or more free of emotions that had bogged me down for years! Why is that? What was the magic behind what happened in that class?

Touch has actually been shown to contribute to a number of things that improve our health: lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, relieve pain, and increase immune function. 

Think about the last time that you got a really good hug, held someone's hand, or got a massage. How did you feel? Chances are high that you felt calm and relaxed. That is human touch doing its job! There are studies that have been done showing the reduction in pain that someone is feeling just by holding another person's hand! 

The beauty of human touch is that not only does it improve your physical health, but it also helps your mental health. We live in a stressful time in a stressful World - we don't have any idea what tomorrow brings, but through the power of that connection with others we can feel okay with that. 

How will you use that beautiful and healing power of human touch today? 

-SS