Your skin is your largest organ – treat it well and you can change your chemistry through massage. So what effect does massage have on hormones?
?? Increase DOPAMINE affects joy & enthusiasm. If you’re lacking in dopamine you may be clumsy, unmotivated and have poor focus
?? Increase SEROTONIN Serotonin regulates behaviour and emotions including cravings for sex & food. Low serotonin can cause trouble sleeping and low mood
?? Stimulate or Reduce EPINEPHRINE (aka ADRENALINE) a 15 minute massage, depending on techniques, can stimulate your adrenal gland to produce adrenaline that makes you feel more alert and stimulated. A longer, slower and extended massage can allow your to relax and thus reduce your adrenaline production
?? Increase OXYTOCIN the love drug! This hormone is released during skin to skin touch. This allows for feeling a attachment
?? Decrease CORTISOL the stress hormone! We are constantly on the go in “fight mode” and this produces a large amount of cortisol via the adrenal gland. Ever had adrenal fatigue? A reduction in cortisol will allow you to sleep better, recover more quickly and allow your body to do what it’s natural meant to do, which is align and heal itself.