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High Five that Human!

The Importance of Human Touch

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it can be very sensitive and very responsive. Oxytocin is the hormone that is released with mutual human touch; it develops trust and reduces depressive feelings. Those two benefits alone should be enough to carry you across the line, as to why we need human touch; but I know they won’t be. So, let me explain it a little more…

We are living in a developing digital world, where human touch is becoming obsolete. Some people even think that human touch is ‘not necessary’. Do you want to know the truth? It is.

There are many reasons as to why WE NEED non-sexual HUMAN TOUCH in our lives. A crisp high five, a welcoming hand shake or a friendly hug. The world thrives with human touch. We, as people, thrive with human touch.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons Why We Need Human Touch:

  1. Uplifting Team Dynamics

Human touch develops and maintains cooperation between individuals through the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin is known as the ‘love hormone’ and will assist in the production of an uplifting team environment.

  1. Greater Trust between Individuals

It is linked to the orbitofrontal cortex of the brain, which is the lobe of the brain that is responsible for decision making and emotional compassion. Again, the release of oxytocin combined with the engagement of our orbitofrontal cortex develops a positive mindset towards others.

  1. Decreased Violence

Emotional disturbances occur when a child lacks nurturing from their mother. The less touch that a child gets can develop into greater risk of violence. But it doesn’t stop at childhood, even adults are more likely to be violent the less they are exposed to human touch.

  1. Stronger Immune System

Studies show that human touch can prolong life, decrease disease and improve the immune system. For example, the knock-on effect of a simple hug can stimulate the thymus gland and regulate the body’s white blood cell production which will maintain your health and reduce the risk of disease. Who knew that something so simple, is something so effective.

  1. Greater Learning Engagement

There are three types of learning styles: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Human touch breaks down the barrier and allows individuals to connect physically with others. It allows coaches to engage with clients and give external cues for movement corrections and muscle engagement.

With human touch, we raise the bar at Training For Warriors Darwin. You don’t just walk in and walk out like ‘just another individual’. When you set foot in the gym for the first time, regardless of which team member meets you; we offer a welcoming hand shake.

After every challenging round in our conditioning classes on the second floor – we high five. You’ve just achieved something. You’ve conquered another challenge! When we’re downstairs at Training For Warriors Darwin in a strength class and you lift a new personal best or smash out a demanding training session – we high five. Congratulations, you’re being consistent and it’s paying off. You’re getting results!

Before anyone leaves the gym whether it be a member or a coach, we give them a crisp high five. And when I say crisp, I mean crisp. When it’s not crisp, we correct it then and there. It’s not just a slack light touch. There’s effort behind it! Our current members know exactly what I mean. We do this to uplift you, to develop trust, to decrease violence, create a stronger immune system and improve learning engagement. But most of all, we do this because WE CARE!

It’s as easy as 1… 2… high five!

Blaise Denouel

Movement Coach/PT