The Healing Power Of Touch: 3 Surprising Benefits Of Massage Therapy February 12, 2016 12:22
Dr. Justin Garcia, a research scientist at The Kinsey Institute, says the disparity between couples who long to be touched and those who actually are could be attributed to a common shift. Between 18 and 26 months into a relationship, some couples go through a transition from passionate love, which centers on attention, obsessive thought, and intense cravings for love, to companion love.
"We move somewhat adaptively into companion love. That shift is important when we want to stay with someone for a long time," Garcia told Medical Daily. “When we do that shift, we do less touch. You get less forms of communication and intimacy.”
This is why he believes massage and touch are integral in maintaining relationships and sexual satisfaction. The best way to think about touch is that it's nonverbal communication, according to Garcia. A small touch on someone’s arm, their hand, or their back as they walk is a really great way to build a connection between two people.
Touch also has the power to boost our health. “The more cuddling and physical connection, the better for your health, including stress levels and the immune system,” Berman told Medical Daily.
This Valentine’s Day, say it with a touch, and give your significant other a massage to reap its surprising benefits, from boosting immunity to improving sleep.
- Boost Immunity
- Improve Sleep
- Manage Anxiety and Depression
Considering all of its mental and physical benefits, it’s little surprise that the desire for touch doesn’t vary by gender, age, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, according to Dr. Garcia: “It’s fundamentally human.” A massage is one of the most simple and effective ways to be touched and feel a sense of intimacy with someone, especially if you're single.