Two Important Hormones
Oxytocin and cortisol are two hormones that play important roles in the body’s response to Massage.
Oxytocin is sometimes called the “love hormone” because it is associated with social bonding and feelings of relaxation and well-being. When the body experiences positive touch, such as during a massage, oxytocin levels increase, which can lead to a variety of benefits. For example, oxytocin has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and promote relaxation. This hormone also plays a role in pain management by reducing the perception of pain and improving pain tolerance.
Cortisol, on the other hand, is often referred to as the “stress hormone” because it is released in response to stress and anxiety. When cortisol levels are chronically elevated, it can lead to alrighty of negative health effects, such as impaired immune function, weight gain, and increased risk of chronic disease like diabetes and heart disease. However, massage has been shown to help lower cortisol levels in the body, leading to reduction and stress, and improve overall health.
Studies have shown that massage therapy can increase oxytocin levels while simultaneously lowering cortisol levels. This can lead to a variety of benefits, such as reduce anxiety and depression, improved immune function, and decreased pain and inflammation.
Additionally, regular massage therapy has been associated with improvements and sleep quality, which can further contribute to the body’s overall sense of well-being.