The Benefits of Massage

Massage has been practiced by humans for as long as we have had hearts and hands to transmit touch, caring, nurturing, and healing. It is instinctual, and we are designed to give and receive this kind of touch to stay healthy. In “Hands on Research: The Science of Touch”, an article by Dacher Keltner, the author tells us: There are studies showing that touch signals safety and trust, it soothes. Basic warm touch calms cardiovascular stress. It activates the body’s vagus nerve, which is intimately involved with our compassionate response, and a simple touch can trigger release of oxytocin, aka “the love hormone.” Touch heals. Focused, intentional, mindful touch is the most effective and simpl

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