The power of touch can cause numerous hormonal changes in the body, most of which are directly related to our overall health and emotional wellbeing. Many people in the United States are touch deprived. This is especially true now with social distancing and reduced social interaction. A welcome nurturing touch can soothe the psyche, reduce the heart rate, calm the nervous system and lower blood pressure—thus reducing cardiovascular stress. As we find ourselves still battling the COVID-19 virus, people everywhere seem to be experiencing additional stress.
Lisa Shor is a makeup artist and an esthetics educator at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. Prior to her current role, she served as director of makeup education for The Art Institute of Makeup, a division of the New Age Spa Institute.