I had to be <bodily> aware of them and a bit tender to them

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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 410, chapter 18) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Connie said what distinguished Mellors from other men was his courage of tenderness..…)

‘You’re right. …… I knew it with the men. I had to be in touch with them, physically, and not go back on it.I had to be bodily aware of them and a bit tender(=warm and kind?) to them, even if I put em(=them) through hell.…… ’

Bodily is likely to refer to in person, physically and completely. Which one is possible here please? I suppose it's more likely to be physically.
Thank you in advance
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