35 thoughts on “Touch As Nutrition by John Tuite

  1. This “touch famine” can be generational. Breaking the pattern revolves around awareness. This is a wonderfully comprehensive post about an important topic. I, for one, craved touch as a child…….any touch……..as a result of having parents who never hugged their six children, never held our hands, never a kiss on the cheek. It has taken me a lifetime to realize that this longing created an illusional separation between me and others. Through awareness and forgiveness, we can move forward.

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    1. Hi
      I thought this article was worth sharing too, and am especially touched by its timeliness. After many years of working with Depression, anxiety and stressed clients -and more recently dementia I have formulated a way of offering Conscious touch which has proved successful in reducing suffering and also isolation, relieving depressive, anxiety and stress symptoms.Generally it acts as a healing modality which is invasive and not massage.

      The Conscious Touch Foundation is launching this Friday and I would love it to be at least nationwide available so am wanting to train up CTF praticioners to take it into their professional and community environments.
      If you are interested in finding out more either check out http://www.conscioustouchfoundation.com next week or pm me here.

      Thank you


  2. As a person who lives with a chronic pain disorder that is especially painful with touch I’ve thought a lot about the importance of touch as well. We don’t realize how important something is to us until we are deprived or even permanently averse to it.
    As you said, people just don’t grasp the positive chemicals kicked up in the brain and body when they are touched by another person. Maybe comfort eating and substance abuse feeds the feeling one could get had they been nurtured physically instead.
    I hope those who read this will realize there are children and adults who cannot experience affection; maybe they will make changes to include more time for it in their own lives.

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  3. As a full time massage therapist I live the power of touch. Energy, all types, are moved and moulded through touch. Variations in stroke, length of massage, tempo, intent all play strong roles in touch.
    Touch IS nutrition and should not be underestimated. I am lucky to engage in touch for hours upon hours every day – people ask if I get tired but no, not unless I massage a large amount of negativity or more than about 8 hours.

    This is a powerful piece, thank you for bringing attention to the benefits of touch!

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  4. I would love to re-blog this on my website for cuddle professionals. This is an eloquent and thoughtful piece on the widespread but still not properly acknowledged touch poverty in our increasingly disconnected society. Thank you.


  5. John, thank you so much. I hope that this article spreads far and wide. In my experience, there is no more potent medicine than loving touch and bonded relation … I’m in my mid-50s, and when I think back on the moments that have left indelible imprints, they all revolve around touch. I’m going to link your blog with mine. Here is a piece that I recently wrote about the medicine of touch … http://traumorphosis.blogspot.ca/2015/02/sometimes-i-wonder.html

    Bless you …


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  6. Reblogged this on The Forever Years and commented:

    John Tuite writes about the importance for human beings, particularly in our earliest years, but also throughout life, of positive touch… so important, he says, that touch should be regarded as a form of “nutrition”. “The Forever Years” likes this ! 🙂


  7. Love this essay! After my husband passed away, I have been shocked how much I missed the simplest of touch. It’s an aspect of grief no one warns you about. Thank you for educating people on this matter!

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  8. John,

    Thank you from my heart for this wonderful post. I agree that touch is much more important than people realize, and it IS nutrition. I took the liberty of re-posting this on my blog, luluopolis.wordpress.com, as I wanted to share this with my readers.

    Thank you so much,



  9. very important and thoughtful article and written from the heart. a lack of positive and nourishing touch in childhood impoverishes our hearts and minds, which in turn leads to compensating behaviour like addiction and drug abuse in adulthood, or simply not being inside our bodies and out of touch with our emotions.

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  10. So true. So well said.
    Thank you for the article.
    I had an uncle who was homosexual but chose not to go into a homosexual relationship. He lived very far from us, his only family, and he loved it when we went for a visit – pulled out all the stops!
    Once he told me that he was happy in his work, loved his home, enjoyed his group of friends, but there was one thing that was very hard for him. He said he got “touch-hungry”.
    We tried to make up for it by lots of hugs and scratching his back etc. He always said that it had to keep for a long time.


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