How often do you hold hands?
Holding hands is an ordinary activity that we see and can do every day. It can signify love or friendship.. It could be that if you don't have a significant other that you don't feel like there is an opportunity for hand holding. That is simply not true, Its partly cultural. Society today, in particular American culture, increasingly mis-associates almost all touch with sex and thereby discourages touch.
.Yet this tiny, simple behavior triggers chemical reactions in our minds that make us feel loved, happy, cared for, and respected.
Non-verbal communication is important to understanding human behavior. Holding hands is one small fundamental way we can positively impact our lives. When we hold hands, the nerves in our skin communicate with our core nervous system, producing hormones that make us feel pleasant and warm. There’s much more to it, of course, and new studies are emerging which explore the positive psychological effects of human touch today.
Here are seven benefits of holding hands which you may not have realized existed:
1. Holding hands is a stress reliever
Holding hands with your significant other or another decreases the level of a stress hormone cortisol. Even the touch of a friend or a teammate can make us feel more content, connected, or better about ourselves. When we are stressed out, a light touch on our hand can help ease the strain, both physically and mentally. Our skin also gets more sensitive when cortisol is rushing through our bloodstream, so the touch of a helping hand will have a significantly larger impact. The largest concentration of nerve endings is contained inside the hands and fingertips. This is the subject of another blog post.
So, next time you’re having a really tough day, get together with your partner or a friend and ease the stressful day with touch.
2. Holding hands boosts love & bonding
Oxytocin is the hormone behind this benefit. Oxytocin strengthens empathy and communication between partners in a relationship, which is proven to be a contributing factor for long-lasting, happy relationships. Holding hands with your partner will improve your relationship and reinforce a bond that will impact the quality of your relationship significantly.
Couples who have happy relationships hold hands automatically, sometimes without even noticing, because of a habit developed by their nervous systems. Holding hands produces the oxytocin, which makes us feel happier and more loved.
3. Holding hands is good for your heart
Besides relieving stress, holding hands lowers your blood pressure, which is one of the major contributors to heart disease. When we’re clasping fingers we’re not just easing stress and improving our relationships – we are providing a comfortable sensation that helps our heart. The power of a warm touch goes beyond the health benefits to the heart; A study from Behavioral Medicine supports this.
4. Holding hands helps relieve or cope with pain
While enduring pain, humans have the natural reflex to tighten their muscles. Think of childbirth – husbands are typically inside the delivery room holding their wife’s hand while she’s going through labor. The reflex to grasp our partner’s hand comes as second nature: It’s always easier to endure pain while holding hands with your soulmate.
5. Holding hands fights fear
Remember that horrible scene in the last horror movie you saw that made you want to jump out of your chair? Luckily, your darling was with you to hold your hand and make you feel safe. The human brain responds to sudden stimulation using adrenaline; this stimulation gets our blood pumping and releases high levels of cortisol throughout our body.
During these moments, our natural reaction is to hold hands with someone we trust. It varies from person to person, but a large portion of women will instantly grab their partner’s hand. That’s the intuitive way to fight off nerves.
6. Holding hands provides a sense of security
Simple hand holding is a source of safety and comfort for young children. Remember when your parents taught you to how to cross the street or walked you down a crowded sidewalk? Or when you were learning to ride a bicycle? Insecurity disappears when we have a hand to hold and allows us to more easily conquer obstacles. The security that parents provide their children by holding hands shapes their children’s behavior and their way of thinking.
Additionally, the sensation of safety goes both ways; parents also feel safer when their children are within their grasp.
7. Holding hands is just plain comfortable
Everybody loves comfort. The sensation of holding hands often provides a comfy feeling while talking a walk. One example is placing your hands inside a jacket pocket to warm them up on those cold December nights when you decide to take a stroll. Even with gloves, we love to hold hands. It bonds us; it provides lovely sensations and gives us quality time with people we care about.
Holding hands comforts, soothes, is a source of security, and an aid for stress.
Do you enjoy the comforting sensation of holding hands?
How often do you hold hands ? Why or why not?
~ with Aloha
This article was excerpted and created in large measure from an article written for LifeHack by Dejan Kvrgic
Where Do I Get a CBD Massage in Massachusetts?
What is a CBD Massage? Does it provide pain relief? Can I get High? Is it legal?
These are all very good questions. There is much hype surrounding the topical use of CBD in massage treatments. While the science is still somewhat unclear, the anecdotal evidence is mounting that CBD infused oils or lotions provides pain relief and can help with stress and relaxation.
CBD Massages have are becoming more popular. A massage using CBD provides an unconventional path to get from muscle soreness, chronic pain, tension and stress. Topical cannabinoids are, according to doctors, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories with healing properties.
The benefits of both massage therapy and CBD individually are well known. The theory holds that by combining the two, achieved results can be more intense. CBD will bind and act on the CB2 receptors which can be found near the skin. This will activate the endocannabinoid system to deliver relief.
Cannabis has two essential components of interest, THC tetrahydrocannabinol & CBD cannabidiol. THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana; it's the molecule that makes you feel "stoned." CBD on the other hand is the one of interest to massage. It has wonderful therapeutic properties, helps relieve pain, acts as an anti inflammatory, and when used as a topical massage cream, does not enter your blood stream. It will not get you high - but it may make you feel wonderful.
Since CBD is non-psychoactive (as opposed to THC which is what allows you to feel "high") so you do not have to worry about getting a high feeling from the CBD massage. If you were to get a massage that incorporated both THC and CBD topical products, you still likely wouldn’t feel a high as THC absorbed through the skin is not a sufficient means to allow it to be absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to the brain - sorry folks.
Where Do I Get a CBD Massage? In many states where medical marijuana is legal, therapists are already offering infused products; both THC and CBD. Some advertise this fact some do not. It is always a good idea to simply ask your therapist if he or she can and is able to work with these products.
Massage Mentoring and One-On-One Massage Training
Are you new to massage therapy?
Not new but struggling?
I am pleased to announce that I am now available for one on one massage mentoring to massage therapists, aspiring therapists and massage students. Working as an extension of my existing "Quality of Touch" hands on workshops, this service provides individual attention to address specific issues.
If the concern is not within an area of which I believe I can help I will let you know before accepting the engagement.
I am offering individual one-on-one massage mentoring to any therapist or aspiring massage therapist who needs someone to call on and help them navigate and succeed in this wonderful profession. Whether you are working as an employee, or on your own, I would like to help.
Issues like small business advice, marketing, or general career advice, passing the MBLEx can be handled remotely by phone. Issues like developing an enhanced quality of touch, creating a memorable and or effective treatment, body mechanics, how to save your own body, can be handled with one on one live in person training.
There is no hard sell, no come-ons, no programs to join, just honest practical assistance.
What you need, when you need it, nothing more.
Edward is available for private training days anywhere, for individuals, small companies, franchise training, corporate events, retreats, etc. subject to scheduling. Travel allowance applies.
Simply email your request.
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Lomi Lomi Massage Continuing Education
I am very excited to now be sharing some of my teachings within Lomi with students to share with their eventual clients, I look forward to sharing the art, history, theory and practice of Lomi Lomi and invite you to join me in my efforts to bring this ancient healing practice, and indeed way of life to people who are interested and ready to receive.
Healing Hands trainings are for anyone who wants to learn to access their own healing legacy and learn to live in the spirit of Aloha. For those who seek to really connect, human to human, soul to soul - to foster limitless transformation of the mind body spirit.
This is unlike most massage training. It can be deeply emotional, personal work. Lomi Lomi involves the Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual and Perceptive . It is both learning and unlearning and can set you on a path that influences all your future work.
Lomi Lomi is my passion. It is so much more than a technique, for me it is a way of life. Living Lomi.
I’ve been devoted to learning and now teaching this sacred work for many years. I would be delighted to introduce you to this wonderful world of healing touch to share with your family, your community, the world.
Would you like to learn Lomi Lomi?
Are you looking to find Authentic Ancient Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage training? Are you having difficulty choosing where to learn and whom to select for your study? It is very important in Lomi Lomi to choose the right fit for you.
After several years of training in Lomi, I am only myself at the beginning, but now feel that I called to pass what I have learned along to you.
I have created, with the blessings of my Kumu, Robert Gantke, a series of Lomi Lomi massage courses. They are available to all who show a sincere and unique desire to learn. The Lomi massage training is divided into 2 parts; 2 basic courses and then 2 advanced courses. Students become part of our ohana (family) and will be able to further their training even more through intensive workshops and retreats. These are among the most wonderful experiences we share.
Do you want to discover a way of working that ignites passion?
Do you bring a more spiritual connection to your work?
Do you want to create and deliver an elevated experience to your clients
Healing Hands Lomi Trainings are for anyone who wants to learn to access their own healing legacy, and to learn to live in the spirit of Aloha.
For those who seek to really connect, human to human, soul to soul - to foster limitless transformation of the mind body spirit.
I’ve been devoted to learning, and now teaching this sacred work for the past many years. I would be delighted to introduce you to this wonderful world of healing touch to share with your family, your community, the world !
You may find a link to the courses here
I am also available to bring this teaching to you, worldwide. If you would like to organize a facility and a small group of students in your area, or at a retreat site, simply email me and I would be happy to talk with you about bring the training to you.
I welcome you !
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