This is a story about twins, one weaker than the other and failing in her fight to survive. The mother of the twins couldn’t stand the fact that her youngest was suffering alone and wanted to hold her. Mum knew she wasn’t allowed or she could infect her baby making her even weaker. A compromise was reached whereby the stronger twin, who was doing just fine, was placed into the incubator too. Almost as a reflex the stronger twin moved to hug her younger weaker twin and stayed like that sleeping with her sister. Within a month both twins were at home being cared for by their parents. Today both twins are healthy young girls enjoying life as they should be.
A similar message was produced in a totally different context: A study was performed at the Centre for Complementary Care (CCC) in Eskdale, Cumbria. The study lasted for 6 years from 1995 to 2001 and collected data that showed how people were gaining health benefits from human touch. Whether we are bringing our intention into the equation or we are acting by reflex, human touch has restorative properties.
Humans Need: Food, Water, Warmth, Shelter, Sunlight and Healthy Interactions; physically (touch), emotionally (connection) and cognitively (commonality).