Touch as the first sense was demonstrated with the use of words. Touch is the one sense perception that is associated with words that have meaning for all the other bodily senses but not for touch itself. For example, one can talk about a “sour” look, odor, or tone, but sour cannot be applied to something that is tactile.The fact that touch does not have descriptive words for itself supports Ashley Montagu’s idea that touch was the first sense. From the beginning, tactility is endowed in the human fetus which is affected by the sense of touch as it experiences the amniotic waters that surrounds its form. The fetus that developed into a baby is stimulated into life as it is transformed by the human touch that is felt through its skin as it is being born, and then held in the world for the first time as it takes hold of its first breath of life.
The skin registers all of life through a feeling touch and it is psychic when the skin is touched by a subtle intuitive sense perception that instigates the stimulation of consciousness. It is the whole body that is connected through the senses and skin with an intertwining weave between the inner world, and the outer world realities. Re-birthing therapies have shown that this very first experience is stored in memory in the tissues in the body.