Touch is unique from our other four senses, as it is found all over us.

We experience touch through our skin as our nerve receptors pick up sensations that are relayed to our brain for interpretation. It is this interpretation that is key…do we experience the touch as soothing, calming, scary, painful. It is our interpretation of the touch that will influence how we respond.

We can experience touch on many levels.Our experience of touch is enhanced by our other senses. As we spray perfume we smell the scents as the mist lands on our skin. We feel the love as we receive a hug from a friend. We feel the vibration of words being spoken to us. Touch can be felt through the sound waves of music or the sound of words as they bring up feelings, such as silky, prickly, soft and abrasive.

Touch is multifaceted.

It is inherited through our culture, through our families and relationships. It helps us navigate our fellow beings and our environment.

Too often we take our sense of touch for granted…we forget how much information this amazing sense can deepen our experience and offer us a different perspective.

Imagine a day of no sense of touch….what would that be like?

What would be different?

Sense-ational Facts

You have more pain nerve endings than any other type.
The least sensitive part of your body is the middle of your back.
The most sensitive areas of your body are your hands, lips, face, neck, tongue, fingertips and feet.
Shivering is a way your body has of trying to get warmer.
There are about 100 touch receptors in each of your fingertips.

 

References:

http://library.thinkquest.org/3750/touch/touch.html

International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice. Practitioner Database.