Research on massages has shown that massages increase the production of oxytocin, which is a naturally secreted hormone in the body that supports optimal levels of physical health. This hormone is produced by love, kindness, empathy, and togetherness. Research has shown that without loving relationships, even though all other basic needs are being met, human beings cannot thrive.
Massages increase oxytocin avoiding depression and anxiety
In this article, we'll talk about the science behind a daily oil massage and the science behind the love and affection of such a massage. By doing this every day to yourself - or to someone else - as has been said in Ayurveda, it is "better for you than for the one you are giving the massage to."
What is oxytocin
Oxytocin is the bonding hormone secreted by mother, baby, and even dad, during childbirth, and it connects to the family for life. Oxytocin is produced when you give yourself love, bonding, touch, and when you take care of others.
The problem is that you have to do it without conditions, without need or expectation. It's a natural, rejuvenating, binding hormone - which means the more oxytocin you make, the more of this you get.
Oxytocin is released in response to touch
Oxytocin is released in response to touch, including massage, with low-intensity stimulation of the skin, and warm temperature. Massage helps the body deal with stress in ways that are just beginning to be understood.
Additionally, massage has been found to increase oxytocin and decrease stress hormones such as adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), nitric oxide (NO), and beta-endorphin (BE).
In another recent study published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 95 people had their blood levels tested with varying amounts of chemicals before and after a 15-minute massage.
Oxytocin levels increased by 17% for the group that received the massage. The control group that simply rested showed a 9% decrease in oxytocin.
ACTH (adrenocorticotropin), which increases with stress, increased by 30% for the group that rested without receiving massage. Interestingly, it was reduced by 20% for those in the massage group.
Oxytocin increases good intestinal flora and vice versa
One of the ways that oxytocin works is by altering the microbiology in the skin during massage. A touch of love will increase oxytocin, which, in turn, alters bacteria in a way that becomes compatible with health benefits.
For example, to measure the microbial impact of oxytocin, one of the people in the study was given probiotics and his oxytocin levels increased.
The increase in oxytocin showed measurable changes in the quality of the skin and hair, and in the "health glow" in general, in the immune and hormonal balance, in the improvement of the physical state and reproductive factors, the ability to wound healing, and was also shown to affect attitude and social behavior.
The skin's response to oil massage
Everywhere you touch your body, there will be nerve endings. Sensory nerves in the skin are exposed to constant touch, circadian, microbial, emotional, and environmental stressors. In fact, only one of your arms has more than a million nerve endings that can be calmed by applying oil.
Essential oils calm the nervous system
Essential oil massages are said to be very effective in calming the nervous system. And now, we have modern science to show that when you put oil on your skin, with care, respect and love, the body also produces oxytocin.
Something that is very important is that microbes that are sensitive to oxytocin are concentrated in moist, healthy skin, providing nutrients for the microbes in the form of water, amino acids and fatty acids.
Essential oils in massages benefit the skin
When skin becomes dry or chemically altered with creams and lotions, the environment for a healthy skin microbiome can be compromised.
Certain species of microbes - and perhaps all microbes that are part of the skin's normal flora - feed on sebum secreted by the skin, suggesting that the practice of an oil massage may be compatible with the health of the skin in ways that are gradually understood.
Applying high-quality oils to your skin not only strengthens you