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Types Of Touches And Their Meaning

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Types Of Touches And Their Meaning

Types Of Touches And Their Meaning

Touch can be categorized in many terms such as positive, playful, control, ritualistic, task-related or unintentional. Touch has the ability to connect people with each other. In order for touch to work properly it needs to be mutual not only between two people but also between the person touching and their environment. This means that touch should have meaning for everyone involved. For example kissing is one type of touch that most people would agree is sexually charged; however if there are children around they may feel uncomfortable at best. A hug on the other hand is generally accepted by all regardless of age. The same goes for a handshake.
The first step in learning about different types of touches is to become aware of your own preferences. Do you like light or heavy touches? Do you prefer gentle or firm touches? What kind of touch do you respond best too? Are you more comfortable receiving or giving a touch? These questions will help determine what type of touch works best for you. Different cultures have varying ideas about appropriate touch. Some believe that men shouldn’t even touch women’s hair while others don’t mind them doing so. You must decide which ones fit right into your lifestyle and comfort levels.
Another way to find out what kinds of touch work for you is to ask those closest to you. If you have no idea then just start asking family members and friends. Once you get an understanding of what turns your partner on, this information will come in handy when you’re trying new things. The more you learn about how to please your partner the better your sex life will be.
Positive/Playful Touch
In general positive, playful or affectionate touches are usually used during foreplay. They are often used to communicate feelings and emotions. Positive touches are soft and comforting. They include hugs, kisses, massages and caresses. Soft strokes are preferred over hard ones because they create a sense of intimacy and closeness. Playful touches are intended to make someone smile and laugh without any pressure. When done well these touches are very effective at creating sensual pleasure. There are several ways to use playfulness in foreplay. One is to use a feather stroke. Feather stroking is a technique where the fingers lightly brush along the body using small circles. Another is to gently tap the skin with a finger tip. To accomplish this move your finger tips together in the shape of a circle then tap down toward the floor on either side of your partners body. Lightly tapping lightly will cause less pain than harder taps. Caressing with light movements and gentle touches has been shown to increase the level of oxytocin (a hormone associated with bonding) in both sexes.
Control Touch
A control touch is typically used to express dominance and power. The goal is to show strength through controlled gestures. Control touches can take many forms including pats, punches, slaps, spanks, tickling and pinching. Control touches are sometimes called punishment based on the fact they are usually meant to punish. However, they can also be used to turn someone on and bring about arousal.
Ritualistic Touch
Ritualistic touches can involve anything from washing hands before eating to brushing teeth after. Ritualistic touches are intended to help create a feeling of security within the relationship. These touches are also often thought of as religious acts. They’re designed to help establish strong ties within the relationship.
Task Related Touch
Task related touches are used when performing certain activities. Examples include tying shoes, buttoning up clothing, helping with grooming, setting tables etc. Task related touches can also include practical tasks such as cleaning, cooking, dusting, changing bedding, tidying rooms etc. Often our daily lives require us to perform physical labor therefore we tend to experience task related touches frequently.
Unintentional Touch
Sometimes referred to as accidental touches, unintended touches are normally caused by negligence rather than deliberate action. Accidental touches can occur anywhere since it doesn’t always require direct contact. Examples include bumping into someone while walking, tripping over something, knocking something over, dropping something on purpose or hitting something unintentionally. Unintentional touches can range from inadvertent bumps and scratches to falling asleep next to someone causing wetness on the sheets.
There are five main categories for touch:
1. Positive – Most people enjoy having positive touches given to them. Positive touches are affectionate and supportive.
2. Playful – Playful touches are intended to make someone smile and laugh. They are quick and soft.
3. Control – Control touches are intended to demonstrate dominance and power. They are slow and steady.
4. Ritualistic – Ritualistic touches establish strong bonds within relationships. They are performed regularly.
5. Unintentional – Unintentional touches happen accidentally. They vary greatly depending on the circumstance.
How does touch contribute to good health?
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Sleep is important to keep the brain functioning correctly throughout the day. By sleeping soundly you’ll maintain a healthy balance of hormones, lower blood pressure and reduce risk of diabetes and obesity.
While sleeping your muscles relax completely allowing them to repair themselves and restore muscle tone. Your immune system becomes stronger while you rest. Blood flow improves and oxygen levels rise. Brain function increases and your mood lifts.
Your skin takes longer to recover when you sleep. Therefore taking extra care of your skin helps preserve its elasticity and reduces wrinkles.
It’s recommended that adults get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Children need more sleep than adults. Teenagers need 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night. Adults who go to bed early wake up easier than those who stay awake late. So try to set your alarm clock earlier.
When you sleep, your body releases melatonin which regulates biological rhythms and affects hormonal secretion. Melatonin makes you sleepy and helps prevent seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD happens due to lack of sunlight. People suffering from SAD are unable to fall asleep and wake up earlier than normal in winter months.
Scientists think that melatonin could also be useful in treating jet lag. Jet lag occurs when traveling across time zones causes shift workers to experience a change in circadian rhythm. Shift workers often suffer from insomnia and impaired cognitive performance. Research suggests that administering melatonin before travel prevents jet lag symptoms.
Melatonin may also help treat premature birth, cancer and breast tumors.
Studies suggest that moderate amounts of alcohol may improve sleep patterns. Alcohol stimulates beta receptors in the brain which results in relaxation and drowsiness. Drinking coffee or tea prior to bedtime may also help induce sleep.
Exercise is another great way to promote good health. Exercise burns fat, lowers cholesterol and raises HDL levels. Regular exercise also relieves tension, boosts energy and promotes self confidence. Exercising outdoors in fresh air is preferable to exercising indoors.
Research shows that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates and sodium decreases the risks of cardiovascular disease and helps manage weight. Eating foods high in fiber aids digestion and keeps food moving smoothly through the digestive tract. Fiber also helps regulate bowel movement by increasing water intake. Foods containing vitamins C and E protect against free radical damage. Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals which fight off diseases and help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Phytochemicals are also powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize harmful substances called “free radicals” that attack cells and lead to cell death. Free radicals are produced naturally whenever oxygen interacts with molecules in the body. Certain foods, however, provide protection against free radicals.
One of the most common reasons why people fail to reach their fitness goals is because they choose to eat unhealthy snacks instead of healthier options. Snacking on junk food gives you instant gratification but contributes little to your long term health.
Snacks should be eaten in moderation. Healthy snacking choices include nuts, seeds, fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, popcorn, granola bars, pretzels, raw veggies, natural peanut butter, cottage cheese, turkey slices, salmon filets, beans and dark chocolate.
Avoid fried chips, cakes, cookies, candy, pop and sugary drinks. They contain empty calories and add nothing to your nutritional value.
Many studies have found that regular aerobic exercise can boost immunity and reduce the risk of colds. Aerobic exercise also strengthens respiratory muscles. As a result, you’ll breathe faster and deeper making breathing easier and reducing the amount of mucus secreted.
Regular exercises also strengthen joints and bones, improve posture, relieve backache and relieve anxiety.
Stress management plays a big role in maintaining good health. Stress triggers the release of adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream. Adrenaline forces blood sugar higher while cortisol makes blood thicker and locks fat into place. Both hormones weaken the immune system. Chronic stress can lead to hypertension, depression, overeating, tobacco use, drug abuse and accidents. Managing stress requires a combination of therapy, education and changes in attitude and behavior.
By keeping yourself happy and healthy you can live to see another year!

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