Do you ever feel that life just starts going, going, going, and you are doing all you can to hold on. You can't handle one more crisis, one more activity, one more anything? You feel like standing up and just screaming at the top of your lungs, "Stop the Merry Go Round, I want to get Off". Well, maybe you should.
Touch is healing, whether it be from a significant other, or a friend, or even a pet. Whenever there is touch, skin to skin stroking, hug, our body produces more of the "feel good" endorphin, oxytocin. A small pat on the back a sweet hug from someone you care about or a pat on the knee, can decrease your blood pressure, lower your heart rate, slow your respiration rate, lowers your stress levels and yet so many people are in such a hurry today, that it is the part of human contact that often gets left out.
As a physical therapist, I have had the honor and privilege to meet so many folks in my life. The best thing about doing what I do is the chance to meet folks, listen to them, hear their story and have the chance to help them regain some ability that they have lost due to illness or injury, but they help me, too. They teach me. Everyday I learn from what someone has said--it might be a life lesson or a history lesson, or geography, but everyday, I learn.