This great article in the Guardian, “Let’s touch: why physical connection between human beings matters” on the importance of touch for health and well-being is well worth reading. Too many of us experience loneliness and isolation, which can make us much more susceptible to getting sick or staying sick.
A great quote from the article: “One study published earlier this year showed that touch can be used as a tool for communicating empathy, resulting in an analgesic, painkilling effect.”
The work I do as a Cuddlist helps individuals address this need for touch and connection in a safe, supportive space. Its work I believe in and have experienced first hand the positive health benefits of connecting physical contact with another empathetic, present human being.
We all deserve and need to receive and share touch.