I was thinking about touch some more; but more for personal situations as opposed within a therapy room.
A couple of years ago a colleague once told me about a very powerful hug. He said that sometimes in the heat of an argument, or when things look like they are crumbling it can be helpful to hold your partner. The two “rules” he added where that a) you both need to be comfortable (so the hug can be held for as long as needed) and b) your heart is as close as possible to your partners heart. Indeed this way of hugging is very powerful. It brings two people, (and two hearts) closer.
Hugs boost oxytocin and dopamine levels and reduce serotonin, meaning that they can reduce stress, feelings of depression and anxiety. This can lead to the development of self-esteem and confidence. It is also a sign that you are accepted and are accepting of others. It therefore teaches you to give and receive love and affection and even how to be compassionate and grateful. It creates feelings of safety and acceptance.
So go ahead….
Challenge yourself and give/receive a hug a day for a week and see if you notice any difference.