Touch is the first sense we acquire and the secret weapon in many a successful relationship.
In 2009, a psychologist Matthew Hertenstein from DePauw University, did a study on the idea that people can impart and interpret emotional content via another nonverbal moadality--touch. He demonstrated that we have an innate ability to decode emotions via touch alone. In a series of studies, Hertenstein had volunteers attempt to communicate a list of emotions to a blindfolded stranger solely through touch. Many participants were apprehensive about the experiment. "This is a touch-phobic society," he says. "We're not used to touching strangers, or even our friends, necessarily."
But touch they did—it was, after all, for science. The results suggest that for all our caution about touching, we come equipped with an ability to send and receive emotional signals solely by doing so. Participants communicated eight distinct emotions—anger, fear, disgust, love, gratitude, sympathy, happiness, and sadness—with accuracy rates as high as 78 percent.
"I was surprised," Hertenstein admits. "I thought the accuracy would be at chance level," about 25 percent.
So why is touch so powerful? Have you felt the effects of it in your own life?
Here is a powerful video that shows just a little of what the power of touch can do:
Adding essential oils to the magic of touch can only enhance the experience. As essential oils are used topically, the body’s vibration is raised and its emotional frequencies are impacted, as is the capacity for emotional well being. Each individual oil with its diverse chemistry has the ability to be a tremendous multi-tasker and work in multiple areas of interest simultaneously.
One of our favorite ways to combine essential oils and touch is through the Aromatouch Technique. You can read more about it and see visual aids for it, in this post HERE