“It is the first language, and the last, and it always tells the truth.”M. Atwood
Have you ever wonder what is touch? What the nature of this enigmatic function?
It is the first of our senses to develop upon birth; it is a fundamental mean of physical contact with the external world. Humans by nature are meant to be in physical contact with other human beings. The nature of touch is very diverse. Holding a fork, typing an sms on a smartphone, e.g., or holding a hand of loved one, hugging your mom, or a new-born baby wanting the connection through touch.
We can’t turn off touch – it is ever-present in our lives.
Science has found amazing facts about this sense.
- Our brain responds differently to touch on different parts of our body; self- and other touch;
- There are two touch systems – discriminative and emotional;
- Touch can communicate tenderness, compassion, anger, love, gratitude, happiness and fear even better than verbally.
- It is crucial for a baby’s development
Touch also has vital functions for adults: expands trust, reduces social anxiety and stress, boosts immune system, lowers blood pressure.
These moments of connection have a lasting impact on our mental, and physical wellbeing.