The sense of touch is one of the most powerful yet underestimated tools of compassion that we all have access to. It’s the first language we learn at birth, and we use it without bias as a child, because we instinctively know that touch can transmit emotion better than other methods of communication.
Touch soothes heals and connects us. It reduces heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels in our bodies. Touch teaches us empathy and compassion. It’s one of our most powerful and important functions. For long-term wellbeing, touch is as important as food and security. Yet, as we age, we build walls and barriers to touch, using it less and less as society becomes more and more disconnected.
Touch is not always accessible for everyone, and I know when I’m feeling lost and alone, I simply place my hands on my heart or belly, and sit for a moment. This brings me back to self-compassion, a deeper awareness of where I am at without all the noise, and closer to the truth of who I am.
Touch is the beginning, and it’s the reason we created Massage Yoga: for a deeper, more immersive and rewarding expression of self-love.
Where do you allow touch into your life?