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Skin hunger and why touch is so important for well being workshop.

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The Canvas: Cafe & Creative Venue

42 Hanbury Street

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Are you missing touch in your life?

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One of the most important parts of human heritage is the need for physical contact. Most of us are familiar with the experience of “skin hunger,” whether or not we were even aware it had a name. It's a deep longing and aching desire for physical contact with another person. Touch is considered the first sense we acquire and our skin is our largest sensory organ.While we tend to think of intimate touch as a strictly sexual experience, skin hunger is mostly a longing for non-sexual touch.

The hormone Oxytocin is another benefit of physical touch or acts of cuddling, hugs etc.... Oxytocin helps humans connect to others and promotes feel-good sensations that foster a sense of well-being and happiness. Even if we aren’t bonding with babies, adults can still benefit from the various rewards of an oxytocin release with friends, partners, or even animals.

3 Positive Health Manifestations from Touch

The benefits of physical touch, and the biological releases that come with it, go beyond social bonding and can manifest positively in your mental and physical health. Here are some major ways being open to more hugs and hand holding can increase your happiness and longevity.

Inspire positive thinking and expand trust

Known as the “feel good” hormone, oxytocin helps inspire positive thinking and maintaining an optimistic outlook on the world. The role of oxytocin for bonding also extends to helping generate feelings of compassion during interactions. This can contribute to an expansion of trust among individuals during social situations.

Reduce social anxiety and stress

Physical touch increases levels of dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters that help regulate your mood as well as help your body relieve stress and anxiety. Dopamine is also known to regulate the pleasure center in your brain that is a good counter to feelings of anxiety.

Boost immune system and lower blood pressure

Physical touch is known to improve the function of your immune system as well as reduce diseases such as those associated with the heart and blood.

Ways to Get Your Physical Touch Boost

You don’t have to get hugs and cuddles exclusively from a significant other. Heart-to-heart hugs can feel satisfying and invoke the release of oxytocin even when you hug a friend, family member, or pet.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE WORKSHOP:

This workshop will address the importance of physical touch by staying rooted to ourselves and connecting to others in a deep and satisfying way. We will then all take turns to rotate and partner up with everyone attending the workshop to try an effective touch/cuddling method that is carried out within a boundaried setting.

Please make sure you switch off your mobile phone before the event.

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The event will take place in the Community Hub inside the cafe. Please make your way to the hub as we start promptly at 6.30pm.

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The Canvas: Cafe & Creative Venue

42 Hanbury Street

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