As if we needed proof to confirm what we already know, a new science entitled “interpersonal neurobiology” shows that safe touch has far-reaching effects on the body’s mental, emotional and physical functioning.
Studies show that when two people who care for and trust one another hold hands, their neural responses and physiology change. Loving relationships, expressed in such a way, alter the brain, subdue blood pressure, ease responses to stress, improve overall health and lessen pain.
Holding hands is associated with some of our earliest biological memories. Remember when your parents held your hands to provide balance as you learned to walk; safety as you navigated your first street-crossings, intimacy when you strolled the beach together? Later as adolescents, our first forays into the world of adult romantic relationships began with the tentative and thrilling holding of hands.
The body remembers those early experiences of “oneness” and longs to recreate those health-saturated feelings in adulthood.
I get excited when I think of all that is happening behind the scenes as I give a hand reflexology session – for my clients, loved ones and myself. You too can revamp someone’s brain by spending just two days learning how to give a safe and accurate hand reflexology session. It just may be the most important class you’ll ever take.