Massage Releases Labor (and Love) Hormone Oxytocin
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles measured hormone levels in the blood of 53 healthy adults as they enjoyed 45 minutes of massage. They were amazed to find a significant decrease in stress hormones and increase in the comforting hormone oxytocin.
We all know why stress hormones aren’t desirable, but the increase in oxytocin actually has implications for pregnant women. Oxytocin is an amazing hormone: Some call it the “bonding hormone” or the “love hormone” as it’s released... when you feel safe and, as this study confirmed, during massage.
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