Positive touch quite simply sustains life. Without it, our health is compromised. With it, we can help to heal the world physically and mentally, whilst teaching each other the difference between positive and negative touch.
Massage from a credible source such as Seated Massage is a powerful tool in quieting the mind and engendering beneficial feelings.
And the irrefutable evidence is universal.
Gentle physical touch, such as massage, regulates blood pressure. It reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and releases pleasure hormones such as endorphins as well as oxytocin which is more commonly known as ‘the love hormone’. And it activates the vagus nerve which is intimately involved with our compassionate response.
Dacher Keltner Ph.D, Professor of Psychology at U.C Berkeley has researched how positive touch can bring us emotional balance and better mental health. He states:
Proper uses of touch truly have the potential to transform the practice of medicine—and it’s cost effective to boot.
Check out the Association of Massage Therapists infographic on massage and mental health.
“To touch can be to give life” – Michaelangelo