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I am someone who really enjoys being touched. Whether that is by a massage therapist, a hug from a friend, a loving arm resting over you in sleep, holding a pet, a tiny child holding one finger, the breeze on your skin after a hot day, the warmth of a hot drink passing down through the body, wearing clothing made from beautifully soft fabric.
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The sense of touch forms before all other senses in embryos, and it is the main way that infants learn about bonding with other people and their environment. It is also the sense that remains the longest during old age as our eyes and ears fail our sense of touch remains.
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You have more pain nerve endings than any other type. The least sensitive part of your body is the middle of your back. The most sensitive areas of your body are your hands, lips, face, neck, tongue, fingertips and feet. There are about 100 touch receptors in each of your fingertips.
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Touch is how we determine the size, weight, texture and temperature of an object. Through touch we determine how much pressure should be applied when picking things up so we don't drop them, also then so we don't break then. The skin is the sensory organ for touch, it is also the largest organ of the body. The skin makes up about 15% of your body weight, measured in surface area, the skin averages 20 square feet in adults. Skin is constantly renewing itself, which is a good thing since you shed 50 million skin cells every day - that's about 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells every minute.
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One can also feel the awesome and delightful experience of your wife or husband reaching out and touching you, kissing you, and caressing you. The gentle action of his/her fingers tracing all the smoothness and warmth of every surrounding and curves that makes up your personal frame that you call your body. The sense of touch (as do all the other four senses) gives us the gift to experience and express our love for each other. What an awesome and wonderful gift that just reading or thinking about it alone should cause goose bumps to rise freely on your skin. Our sense of touch is so very important yet we usually take it for granted!