Call:816.892.0803 ǀ Email: [email protected]

The Benefits of Touch

You are here:
benefits of touch, hugs, cheek kisses

Gentle touch is important for us humans.

♦ My friends and I have a custom of hugging each other upon greeting.

♦ Europeans greet each other with cheek kisses. Every country has strict rules around how many cheek kisses are shared: one for each side in France, three in Switzerland, and so forth.

♦ Eagerness on the part of the initiator can be expressed by holding the upper arms.

The Benefits of Touch

Benefits of touch, massageWho does not feel better after a massage? Research shows that massage has a wide range of benefits including:

  • decreased heart rate,
  • lowered blood pressure,
  • less cortisol secretion, and
  • increased oxytocin.

Other benefits are increased serotonin and a decrease in substance P, resulting in relief from pain.

Psychological benefits include:

  • improved attentiveness,
  • decreased depression, and
  • better immune function.
If you want to feel better, get a massage, and introduce more touch into your life!


Want to talk? Make an appointment with me – phone, teletherapy or in person.

For more tips on living, check out the rest of my blog or follow me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Like this content? Please share it.

Author: Martha Childers

Martha Childers, EdS, LPC is a multicultural psychotherapist specializing in couples, grief and caregiver stress. Martha is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Kansas. She received her masters and education specialist degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She practiced Zen through a variety of Japanese traditional arts for 3-1/2 years. Since that time, mindfulness has been an integral part of her life. Her interest in human nature, beliefs, and life styles led her to become a counselor.

Comments are closed.

Mega Onion Darkmarket