- On February 10, 2020
Linda offers insight and wise options into
health and wellness!
Director of Spa & Fitness, The Spa at Auberge Beach, Fort Lauderdale Florida Spa Association Board Chair
Just in time for Valentine’s
Those private intimate moments shared between two are often unspoken in terms of wellness. Let’s face it, it’s not a question your doctor or therapist will ask you. However, did you know that sensual moments instill a multitude of health benefits to you both psychologically and physically. Although our first reaction is to focus on the physical, we often take for granted the underlying factors that help keep our relationships healthy and vibrant. Connecting through our “sensual senses” is often unnoticed yet powerfully infiltrates our sub-conscious.
If we slow life down for a moment now and again, and learn to appreciate the ways in which we connect, we appreciate more than just touch. Imagine if one person loves the scent of orange, yet another person is repulsed by it, the unconscious connection at the moment is at a low level. Now imagine enjoying the fresh scent of something you both love, the feeling it incites when enjoyed together is allowing you to connect deeply. The sense of smell is processed through our limbic system, a part of our brain that controls our moods, memory, behavior and emotions. Now you can see why smell plays an important role in our desires and a vast array of experiences. Research shows that kissing was developed as a primal behavior to confirm the scent of a desired mate. Much like tasting a fine wine, first the nose, then the taste.
Food has been an important part of our culture for centuries. Breaking bread together is more ritualistic than we realize. Our love of sharing food together, such as a favorite delicacy, can sometimes be so intense it becomes seductive.
Research also shows, that couples in long term relationships develop a similar taste preference over time, which is often linked to keeping them connected even when the relationship is struggling. Physiologist have long believed that food creates a romantic attraction.
Since our eyes are the windows to the soul, they are indicators of a person’s emotional state. As a positive connection creates a “bright-eye” as the brows lift and the pupils dilate, the sense of sight is one of our most powerful senses.
The sense of touch and words we hear are also another important and essential part of sensual moments together. We can go on and on about the importance of our amazing senses in relationships… but you get the picture. So, in an effort to keep this article PG, I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day in tune with your sensual side.