T – Touch

Touch is a basic human need that can lessen or change when a loved one dies. While on the grief and trauma healing journey, the touch factor can be increased by the help of family members, friends, pets, licensed body workers, and certified massage therapists.  Touch heals by:

  • inducing oxytocin, the “bonding hormone,” that is renowned for reducing stress
  • lowering stress level, heart rate and blood pressure
  • strengthening the immune system
  • easing symptoms of depression and anxiety

Resources

Articles

Handy to Have at Home

  • Hand-Held Massage Stick – Instruction and video on how and why to use The Stick as “a toothbrush for muscles.”

Books

Organizations


How can you integrate touch into your healing journey?