According to the article (link below), couples can calm each other down, synchronising their breath and even brainwaves and heartbeats, just by being in each other's presence (it can also happen when people sing together or watch a movie together).
Some other interesting points...
⁃ Touch is vital for premature babies
"Researchers also know that skin-to-skin touch not only provides comfort, it contributes to the development of premature babies and helps to regulate their stress response."
⁃ Touch can help partners deal with pain
"The subjective pain ratings were lowest when the partners held hands and highest when they were separated. Their heart and breathing rates also synchronised when they were in the same room together, but when pain was introduced, they only stayed in sync if they were touching; if one was subjected to pain and the partner couldn't touch them, they dropped out of sync, returning again if they were allowed to hold hands."
⁃ Pain is not about damage but about protection
"It was not that long ago that people thought pain was the signal that was sent from the body to the brain," Moseley said. "We now know that pain is a conscious event that serves to protect you, so if you have any safety cue at all it will reduce pain – if it's an effective safety cue. And that's a really potent safety cue having somebody who loves you and who you love holding your hand during a situation where you're getting a lot of danger cues from your body."
⁃ Pain depends on danger and safety cues
"Ultimately pain will depend on the balance between your danger cues and your safety cues. I think the most exciting discovery in pain in the last 20 years is that we can change pain with a whole range of danger and safety cues."
⁃ People with persistent pain can benefit from understanding what exactly pain is and what causes it (not JUST that something is wrong or damaged)
⁃ Pain is gobsmackingly complex. But we shouldn't underestimate the power of care and caring touch
"It's a protective response and if you've got any information telling your brain that the need to take protective action has been reduced, for example you've got a loved one who's in it with you, sending powerful sensory cues through your skin, through a system that is gobsmackingly complex and fearfully and wonderfully effective, so don't underestimate the power of care and caring touch. It's a powerful thing."
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