Experts Speak

 
HOSPITALS USE SIMULATED TOUCH

As they learn more about how touch affects our early development,researchers are coming to recognize it as a basic need. The proof is in studies that found infants that are deprived of touch grow slowly—even when they are otherwise well cared for. For instance, premature infants who were massaged for 15 minutes three times a day gained weight 47 percent faster than others who were left alone in their incubators though they did not eat any more than their touch-deprived counterparts. Further, tests on lab animals demonstrated that touch simulated by an inanimate object produced the same positive effects as touch from their moms – NY Times

HEALTH BENEFITS OF TOUCH

Research shows that physical affection has measurable health benefits. "Most of us, whatever our relationship status, need more human contact than we're getting, stimulating touch receptors under the skin can lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, effectively reducing stress," said Matthew Hertenstein, PhD, director of the Touch and Emotion Lab at DePauw University.  Oprah

THE SCIENTIFIC BENEFITS OF HUMAN TOUCH

Sharp. Painful. Orgasmic. Comforting. Touch can be any of these things. But, it’s much more than one of the classic five senses; it’s fundamental to everything we think and feel, how we communicate and bond, and whether or not we catch a cold. “Touch is our body’s largest and the oldest sense," says Jeanne AbateMarco, M.S., R.N., C.N.S., clinical nurse coordinator of the Department of Integrative Health Programs at NYU Langone Medical Center. "It’s a channel of communication. It’s integral to the human experience.” – Shape Magazine

TOUCH HELPS REGULATE STRESS

Research has found that touch—whether from a person or an object (think your favorite cozy robe)—boosts the feel-good hormone oxytocin and diminishes cortisol, the stress hormone. Sounds simple, but the positive effects of touch are far-reaching and profound, making us healthier and smarter while boosting our moods. It even helps us bond with one another.  Good Housekeeping