I have found that as I recover, I have been more willing to make contact, receive contact, and enjoy it. I used to shy away from it, even though I craved it. I would cry in massages.
I have also found that EYE contact has become easier. I used to avert my gaze, not wanting to see or be seen. Braver and more "within" myself now, I have the confidence to look people in the eye and be with them. It's not always easy but it makes me feel powerful and confident.
Thank you for this important post!