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
- 25 Reasons to Get a Massage by American Massage Therapy Association
- The Health Benefits of Hugging by Stacy Colino in U.S. News & World Report
- Touch: The Power of Human Connection by Samantha Hess
- Touch: The Science of the Hand, Heart, and Mind by David Linden
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.”
- American Massage Therapy Association – Research links and tools to find a massage therapist in your area.
- Healing Touch Program – Classes, resources, and tools to find a Healing Touch practitioner in your area.
How can you integrate TOUCH into your healing journey?