We currently exist in a society where touch tends to be avoided… and we’re missing out on experiencing the benefits it can have, especially when received in the intentional and meaningful way massage provides.
Did you know that there are physiological reasons behind why touch makes us feel good?
When we receive touch a signal is sent to our brain, which then triggers the release of oxytocin – as well as two other happy hormones, Serotonin and Dopamine.
The intentional, informed ‘touch’ of Massage Therapy has been proven to lower the hormone cortisol – a key component in our stress response. Obviously handy in emergencies but when present long-term it’s harmful for our overall health.
Massage is a valuable element in health care, because it has been shown not only to decrease pain and tightness in muscles, but also to help relieve symptoms of anxiety and stress. Where there are fewer physical symptoms to treat – those sore muscles – much of the emotional benefit we receive from a massage is due to the positive effects of touch itself.
Perhaps it’s time we stopped considering Massage an indulgence, but another equally useful therapeutic tool which also helps bring back connection into our lives?
What’s your perspective on this?