Physical intimacy is a basic human need with emotional, mental, and physical benefits. When it comes to relationships, intimacy is one of the most important pillars that bind partners together. The presence of physical intimacy in our relationships strongly influences our overall physical and emotional well-being. Intimacy is not limited to lovemaking only, it includes other romantic acts such as physical touch.
A hug, a shoulder squeeze, a handhold, even a pat on the back can be an expression of love that is just as meaningful to your partner as lovemaking. There are many advantages of physical touch in a relationship. Below are some of them;
1. It helps in building trust
By its very nature, physical touch requires incredible vulnerability. You and your partner literally “bare it all” to each other. You open yourselves up to the possibility of either acceptance or rejection from each other on a core level. The level of physical touch magnifies the trust between you and your partner. When trust is strengthened, the relationship grows stronger.
2. It's a way of expressing love
Physical touch is one of the several ways couples can express their love for each other. If your partner's love language is physical touch, you can easily express your love without having to speak, without having to do the dishes or go out and buy a gift. Physical touch is one of the easiest ways to be intimate with your partner and even though it is physical, it can create emotional intimacy.
3. It makes your partner feel safe and cared for
Regularly touching your partner can make her feel safe, cared for, understood, loved and needed. It can show affection and also spark an intimate connection between the two of you; and after all, you and your spouse are lovers of one another even when times are rough or the fire between you seems to have fizzled out.
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