Physical Touch Lowers Blood Pressure - Catalyst Physical Therapy & Wellness Mission Valley San Diego


“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language, and the last, and it always tells the truth.” -Margaret Atwood

The human touch plays a crucial role in generating and enhancing love. People feel more satisfied in a relationship in which physical affection is a significant part. With the current status of our culture being that we are surrounded by all things electronic: phone, computer, television etc., we watch, see and hear more about others experiencing touch but we’re not actually receiving it. When is the last time you’ve experienced the power of touch?

Touch has incredible positive influences over our physiology. In a study conducted by Gallace and Spence (2010), individuals who received pre-stress partner contact demonstrated significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure and increased heart rates than the no-contact group. Also reporting, non-sexual physical affection involving tactile stimulation, such as back-rubbing and hugs, has also been shown to be of value: Women who report having received more hugs from their partners in the past have been shown to have significantly lower blood pressure levels than those women who do not have much history of being hugged by their partners. Dr. Gary Brown, an individual counselor and family and marriage counselor in Los Angeles, noticed that much of what he sees is that electronic “connection” is actually replacing face-to-face connection and in the process, we are neglecting our ability and desire to experience physical connection. Let’s promote love and connection through touch. #unplugandconnect #loveyourlove

With the holidays fast approaching and November being the season to “Give Thanks” what better way to show your love how much they mean to you than by giving them a nice massage. Please watch and share our massage video tutorial that you can share with your partner. #massagewins

I leave you with a quote from researchers and authors Dr. Charles & Dr. Elizabeth Schmitz, “To touch someone you love is to acknowledge their presence and to communicate your desire for them. That’s why the most successfully married couples amongst us do it so often.”

By: Jessica Luna, CMT


Ben-Zeev, Aaron. “Why a Lover’s Touch Is So Powerful.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 14 May 2014,

Brown, Gary. “Why Physical Touch Is So Important in Relationships.” Gary Brown, 11 July 2017,



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