Surely you have ever thought why caresses bring so much well-being to body and mind. For more than a decade, behavioral scholars have been developing studies on the effect of emotions on the body and mind, the hands are a powerful therapeutic tool, and even ancient civilizations handle this concept.

Why caresses help the well-being of the body and mind

We are 100% touch, the skin an organ full of millions of nerve endings, completely covers our body, and is our first means of contact with the environment and others. Its stimulation causes large doses of pleasure but also pain, cold, heat, it is one of the organs through which we learn to decipher the environment in a primary way, it is constantly sending signals that make us feel different emotions. It is the only sense that we can never deactivate and it is the only active before being born.

Benefits that caresses bring to the body and mind

Scientific studies have determined the importance of caresses on the body and mind . According to some studies, deprivation of physical contact in childhood has led to emotional and physical deterioration , including repercussions on the proper growth and development of children as well as mental and learning retardation.

  • Cuddling also helps build healthy body image, body control in space, and high self-esteem.
  • Likewise, when deprived of physical contact, it causes a negative effect on the psyche, such as temporary dementias, physical contact is necessary for the maintenance of the body and mind.
  • More affective and less competitive societies tend to use the caress more frequently than those that have become more aggressive and competitive.
  • In addition, these studies have determined other characteristics of caresses, including that it reduces nervous tension.
  • When we use our hands to touch and caress, the production of “oxytocin” peptide that our organisms produces and which has been called “love hormone” is activated, because it causes states of pleasure and relaxation in addition to a number of benefits on the vascular system and heart.
  • By increasing the secretion of endorphins, a hormone that produces pleasure and well-being, it is a magnificent remedy for depression, and due to this increase, cortisol and norepinephrine are reduced, in addition to generating a multitude of glandular secretions that cause homeostasis with the environment and strengthen the immune system.
  • Caresses are a healing treasure, it has been proven that caress contributes and improves the relational capacity of individuals , decreasing aggressive states, strengthening bonds, reaffirming identity, creating ties of belonging, improving countless psychological and psychiatric disorders. All these findings are widely documented.

The best of all is that caresses are a weapon that we all have, we have all caressed and received caresses to a greater or lesser extent, it is a socially admitted way of expressing affection , caresses cause an effect that enhances positive emotions, love , friendship and human ties at the same time if you want to improve your relationship, as you can imagine they enhance sexual satisfaction in a very effective way, making it a true option to regain lost ties.


Opening up to the world of physical contact, caressing your children frequently, your friends and partner will make you lead a healthier and more harmonious life without spending absolutely anything on expensive therapies, so let’s start caressing. With a little time you will begin to notice the changes in your family, and you will give thanks for the positive power that your hands have.

We invite you to watch this video of “free hugs” so that you can see that, simply by watching others hug each other, your whole body and mind feel an immediate well-being and allergy. Now imagine if you do it physically.


By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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