Living Magazine doTERRA Winter 2018 - Page 18

Aroma & Touch T H E S C I E N C E O F The AromaTouch Technique® is a combination of two of the most powerful senses, used in conjunction to establish one simple way to give those you care for an individual essential oil experience. But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it isn’t profound. Whether it’s offering a hand technique to a new acquaintance or a full AromaTouch Technique to a close friend, the olfactory and sensory stimulation induced by volatile aromatic compounds and human touch is a scientifically validated means to developing a strong connection with someone and positively influencing their well-being. 18 / WINTER 2018 LIVING MAGAZINE grove can imme­diately induce powerful memories of your childhood? Or how the faint aroma of cinnamon can remind you of mom’s Sunday-morning cinnamon rolls, even 30 years later? It is basic human biology. There is a direct connection between your nose and your brain’s emotional control center: the limbic system. This is because the olfactory bulb is the only neural structure in the forebrain that takes input to the amygdala yet does not receive reciprocal projections. In other words, information from your nose goes Touch The AromaTouch Technique is all about creating an emotional connection, and the science behind that connection is as validated as it is compelling. Tactile communication is our first form of communication. We begin receiving tactile signals in the womb, and then touch plays a critical role in parent-child relationships before verbal commun­i­ cation is possible. It is, in essence, the first sense we acquire and it is astonish­ ingly effective. In recent studies, re­search­ ers have shown that emotional commun­ ication is very effective through touch, nearly as effective as words and facial cues. Not only is touch able to communicate the tone of emotion (whether it is positive or negative, intense or subtle), but it may allow for precise differentiation between types of emotion. With voice and facial cues, we can identify just one or two positive signals that are not confused with each other. Research has exhibited that touch can communicate multiple emotions— love, gratitude, sympathy, fear, anger— and with astounding exactness. This effect isn’t just limited to loved ones; another study found that touch communicates emotion nearly as effectively when it occurs between strangers. While our understanding of the mechanisms involved with touch and emotional messaging is still limited, we do know that it can be more effec­­tive than even verbal communication in strengthening existing bonds and developing new ones. Along with the emotional component, gentle touch can also influence physiological responses in ways other communication simply cannot. directly to the limbic system, which controls mood, memory, and emotions. Your body also contains far more receptors associated with smell (over 1,000) than it does for any other sense. Due to this, you are cap