Of our five senses, touch is the only one that is essential to life. Studies on premature babies have shown a link between holding the babies and better survival rates. Touch has also been linked to many other health benefits – from decreased pain to increased immunity, enhanced alertness and improved performance … So if you or a loved one faces depression or illness, consider the healing power of touch–whether in the form of a hug or a massage. It may be an important step in the healing journey.

The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, Washington, May 7, 2010