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The Wonder of Touch to Help You Relax

Jun 4, 2008
Do you know how soothing and comforting touch can be? Of course you do! You have experienced it yourself so many times through your life. When you're depressed or miserable, doesn't the touch of a child's hand or the weight of a baby in your arms ease the unpleasantness? Touch can perk you up; dissipating the effects of stress and making your mind and body relax and feel better.

For some individuals, especially senior citizens who live alone or are confined to nursing homes, a simple touch can re-awaken feelings of happiness and a sense of belonging.

Touch certainly eases pressure and improves one's mood, and remarkably, it can have a healing effect, too. For instance, the cool hand of a mother soothes a fevered brow and the loving touch of a wife allows healing tears to flow.

On the other hand, for those people that work on computers all day long, receiving a neck and back massage can have an immediate effect. Even though you may begin the massage feeling rather tense, you will soon find yourself sinking into the chair as your tension begins to disperse.

You may be in a situation whereby you are having a heated conversation at home. A child can come and touch your hand and you immediately cease the conversation and forget what the reason was for fighting in the first place.

People who have pets also experience the relaxing effects of touch when they pat and hold their animals. When you get home after a rotten day, being greeted by a delighted dog is a mood lifter in itself. You start to unwind immediately.

Let's face it; we all need a hug now and then. Whether it's from a spouse, a child, a sister, or a friend - it does change the way we feel and it does help change our attitude. Sometimes, hugging ourselves - the inner child in us - can not only make us feel better but put us in a relaxed and comfortable state of mind.

Children who are taken to a petting zoo for the first time derive a great deal of pleasure touching different animals. The textures of different animals are new to them and they giggle with joy.

The art of touching can certainly relax, soothe, heal, and comfort a human being. It can either be sexual, sensual, or even allowing an individual who has low self-esteem to open up to you and discuss their feelings.

It is the touch of a child that can make a grumpy old man smile; it is the touch of a friend that can create a comfort zone in which one is relaxed enough to share feelings; it is a mother's touch that can relax a crying child into a peaceful state of slumber.
About the Author
Kim Archer writes about women's wellness. She is publisher of The Internet Spa, where you'll find up-to-date information to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.
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