The Power of Touch
By TTBaum of Manworks.com
Many of my clients say that they experience a sense or euphoria, elation and sometimes even ecstasy. It all has to do with the power of touch and here is why:
Think for a minute. How often do you experience significant touch each day? NOT just a handshake or a pat on the back, but generous connected touch like a hug, that lasts more than 2-3 seconds, cuddling, even prolonged hand holding, or best of all a long, luxurious massage! Whether you live in a big city or a small town, chances are not nearly enough.
Human-to-human contact is necessary and beneficial to our health and well being! Making massage a regular part of your routine, not only relieves sore tight muscles and injuries, but can also improve your mood and even strengthen your immune system.
Our brains constantly respond and contextualize what we are sensing. Besides testosterone, our bodies are flooded with other neurochemicals and hormones when we experience positive touch. These natural mood enhancers let our bodies know we are in for a good time!
HORMONES AND NEURO-CHEMICALS:
Dopamine makes us feel good all over and causes us to seek out more of whatever sensation is being offered that feels good.
Oxytocin, sometimes called the “love hormone” is only produced when we are in physical contact with another human being! It is simultaneously produced by physical stimulation, while priming us for heightened touch responses. Oxytocin also helps us feel connected to other people.
Serotonin levels rise after prolonged physical interaction with other human beings, and are responsible for that sleepy, sometimes hungry feeling we get after intense physical experiences.
BEYOND these three biggies, we get huge amounts of HGH (human growth hormone) and DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) which renew, repair and rebuild cells. In other words they keep us young!
A recent study reported on in the the New York Times revealed that a single Swedish Massage produced measurable biological benefits, that directly related to immunity boosts!
Some of the benefits measured were:
Do you have questions about neurochemistry, or the way that massage, bodywork and other touch modalities can benefit you? Feel free to send them to me at email@example.com
Whether it’s Swedish, Deep Tissue, Thai, Shiatsu, Sensual or Therapeutic - find the touch that will give you what you need from one of the talented bodyworkers at Manworks.com - Get rubbed the right way!