Touch can save your life: A deep look into your 5 Senses
The Benefit of Tactile Sensation
The French philosopher, Denis Diderot, offers the following evaluation of the senses: “I found that of the senses, the eye is the most superficial; the ear the most arrogant; smell the most voluptuous; taste the most superstitious and fickle; and touch the most profound and philosophical.
Touch, the first sense an individual develops in life, is critical for development, human experience and communication. Touch actually develops in the womb just before eight weeks gestational age and is the last sense to leave in old age. Human skin is complex, and contains hundreds of cells especially sensitive to heat, cold, pressure and pain. Without recognizing these sensations, it would greatly decrease our chances for survival.
Childhood Tactile Development & Activities
At a young age babies are grabbing fingers and children are playing with toys to develop their sense of touch. In order to master fine motor skills and the ability to discriminate between different textures, a child must first learn to develop a tolerance for touch.
There are many childhood tactile development activities to assist in tactile development. A favorite of many educators is sand! Sand provides an excellent opportunity for development as children bury themselves, squeeze the sand into balls, let the sand run through their fingers and build sand castles. Sand also allows children to explore various textures and temperatures, from the dry hot sand on the surface to the cool moist sand as they dig deeper.
What is Tactile Sensation?
The dictionary defines tactile sensation as “the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin.” Touch is based on pressure receptors in the skin that send electrical messages through the central nervous system to the brain, which interprets these electrical codes.
Benefits of Tactile Sensation
In this world of touch screens, iPads, touch access, etc, touch is clearly important in our lives. The benefits of tactile sensation span from our everyday lives to our everyday relationships. Random Fun Fact Related to Touch: Human beings need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance and 12 hugs a day for growth (ref: Virginia Satir) (Tweet: Human beings need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance and 12 hugs a day for growth. Via @Circuelle)
The Power of Touch in our Health
Recent studies show how skin cells can sense touch and that they work with the skin’s neurons to create what we perceive as fine details and textures. This shows the power of touch for our health. Touch is beneficial to our health in many ways.
Here are just a few:
- Research shows premature infants who received massage therapy had significantly enhanced weight gain
- Touch can help lower heart rates, anxiety, and tension
- Touch can improve immune function in women with breast cancer
Circuelle and Touch Sensitivity- A Beautiful Awareness
Circuelle is a revolutionary Breast Ritual Crème that is designed to give women a luxurious experience when performing their monthly breast self-exam. Not only is it uniquely formulated to increase touch sensitivity but it also enhances your awareness of any changes in your breasts. It helps you feel underneath the skin surface.
Who will you hug today and share the importance of touch?