We all know massage feels good. But did you know that touch is important and beneficial for human psychology and physiology?
I bet you didn’t know that…
- Premature infants who receive massage gain 47% more weight than preterm infants who receive only standard medical care.
- Babies who receive nurturing, affectionate touch display fewer aggressive and disruptive behaviors as they grow into adolescence than babies who receive harsh touch.
- Warm, friendly touch stimulates the production of oxytocin, aka the “love hormone”.
- Moderate pressure touch stimulates the vagus nerve, slowing our heart rate and decreasing the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
- The touch doesn’t even have to come from humans! Blood pressure drops when you pet an animal, especially one you love.
Do your body a favor, go get some touch today. Go hug a friend, hold your partner’s hand, or schedule a massage!