The Healing Power of Touch
Published on 06/10/20
Coleen Vanderbeek, ESS Director of Autism Services
Perhaps even more so in this time of social distancing, the power of touch can be incredibly comforting and soothing. Research has shown that positive touch can put us in a better state when we are feeling poorly or in physical or psychological pain. Even the slightest acts of touching (like holding hands or wiping your child’s face) have benefits for both the giver and the receiver. For those who are home alone, do not fret… this is for you as well. Engaging in the regular practice of putting on hand lotion, applying slight amounts of pressure, squeezing your hands and fingers, not only helps to combat all of the dryness from overt hand washing, but it also gives you all of the same benefits of touch.