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The good news is that even if we haven’t had too much good touching as infants, we can still take in good touch at a later age. Indeed, this can go further. By learning positive responses to being touched, we can actually develop new neural pathways in the brain and catch up on experiencing good sensuality. So embarking on a series of touch games is a way of feeding information into our brains that we can use when appropriate. We can expand our knowledge and our range of sensual experience in this way. (Anne Hooper, Ultimate Sexual Touch, p.24)
We now know, through work with autistic children, that it is possible to introduce a human being to touch experience in order to change his or her perception of the world. The logical conclusion is that we may still be able to socialize unruly adults with some intense touch experience. Being kissed, cuddled, and stroked as babies is therefore vital to how responsive as partners we are in later life. (Anne Hooper, Ultimate Sexual Touch, p.24)
Make touching and cuddling a priority [to strengthen your relationship]. Usually, when couples first marry, this happens naturally. You can often identify newlyweds by their tendency to touch each other – holding hands, sitting close, touching arms, kissing – just as you can spot “oldyweds” by how little they touch. Mothers of babies and young children often feel less need for physical contact with their partners; their little ones provide so much opportunity for touching and cuddling that day’s end leaves them “touch fulfilled.” So, here’s a simple tip: Make it a point to touch your spouse more often. It doesn’t take much – a pat, a hug, a shoulder massage – and the good feeling it produces for both of you far outreaches the effort. (Elizabeth Pantley, Hidden Messages, p.91)
We need more than just sex! Part 1 Pleasure alone does not necessarily bring extended happiness. The reason sex can equate with greater long-term happiness is because of the accompanying cuddling. It's more than just sex. Affectionate touch connects sex with well-being. See here, here and here.
We need more than just sex! Part 2 A post-coital cuddle boosts women's sexual enjoyment by 30%. Cuddling is as important to a woman's pleasure as foreplay. It is the easiest way to improve your relationship. A cuddle after sex makes men feel better too, and increases chances of a repeat encounter. See here, here, here.
The Human Touch (by Spencer Michael Free)
’Tis the human touch
in this world that counts,
The touch of your hand and mine,
Which means far more
to the fainting heart
Than shelter and bread and wine.
For shelter is gone
when the night is o’er,
And bread lasts only a day.
But the touch of the hand
And the sound of the voice
Sing on in the soul always.
Culture of Touch
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