Couples Massage: How To Increase Oxytocin Naturally
Modern life can be stressful. There are so many forces each person is subjected to. And many of these tend to pull people apart. So it's essential that you ensure you spend as much quality time with those closest to your heart. It's essential that you make investments in nurturing and strengthening the special bonds that bind you together.
A couple’s massage can be a really great way to do this.
During the massage, you and your significant other are massaged at the same time in our beautifully appointed couple's suite. Our highly trained therapists create a serene, relaxing atmosphere. Peace, bonding, intimacy, harmony, friendship, synergy - these are words our satisfied customers very frequently use to describe the experience.
And you know what ... there's a valid, scientific reason why they choose to use words such as this.
You see, it's been scientifically proven that when you are together with those closest to your heart, your body releases the bonding hormone oxytocin. And it's this hormone that creates these extremely pleasant feelings in you, nurturing the bonds that bind you with your loved ones.
What Is Oxytocin
Colloquially, oxytocin goes by many names - the love hormone, cuddle hormone, hug hormone, bliss hormone - even moral molecule. And all of these names point to the effects it has on us. It plays a key role in love and bonding. And in pregnancy as well.
Oxytocin Hormone Function
This is a hormone that's made in the hypothalamus regions of our brains, and secreted by the pituitary gland. It's a neuropeptide and acts both as a hormone and as a neurotransmitter.
Effects of Oxytocin
Researchers have found that oxytocin is released in specific regions of the human brain that are known to be associated with cognitive, emotional and social behaviors. It's now believed to influence our social behaviors and play a role in psychological stability, relaxation, bonding between couples, maternal behavior and even our ability to trust each other.
Oxytocin also reduces stress and anxiety as it promotes relaxation and bonding. Oxytocin receptors are found throughout the body. So when the hormone is released, the effects are felt all over the body.
Oxytocin In Men
In men, this hormone seems to work to reinforce the feeling of bonding. It can enhance positive qualities like trust and love - two feelings that promote bonding. In a controlled study, published in the November 29, 2010 journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, it was reported that men who were cared for very well by their mothers in early childhood had the experience of the emotional bonds with their mothers growing even stronger.
Scientists now opine this hormone may actually keep men monogamous as it seems to boost men's attraction to their partners.
Oxytocin In Women
Oxytocin plays a key role in biological functions of women during pregnancy and childbirth. It's released during labor and makes the uterus muscles and womb contract. It facilitates child birth and breast feeding. But it's also thought to play a key role in orgasm, bonding and even in maternal behavior.
In fact, researchers have observed that women with higher levels of this hormone during the first trimester of their pregnancy bond a lot more strongly with the newborn babies. This in turn led them to engage in behaviors like feeding and bathing their toddlers in certain ways that made the bonds between the mother and child stronger.
It's also been observed that oxytocin levels are higher in children who are with their biological mothers compared to children who live in orphanages.
When a couple is in the initial stages of their relationship, they release a significant amount of dopamine and oxytocin. That's what makes them feel so happy when they are together. But with time, the levels of oxytocin produced drops, and the result is they tend to become less intimate. The bonds that bind them start becoming weaker.
But boosting the levels of oxytocin produced by the body and spending time together in a relaxing environment can strengthen those bonds and make the relationship come alive again.
Natural Oxytocin vs Synthetic Oxytocin
Of late, synthetic oxytocin’s like Pitocin and Syntocinon are being used to simulate the effects of natural oxytocin. Nasal sprays that promise to reduce stress and even induce feelings of love and attachment are flooding the market. But these synthetic molecules are not the same as the one our bodies secrete naturally. Some people now suspect these synthetic molecules actually interfere with the bonding process between individuals - and may be somewhat opposite in effect to natural oxytocin.
How To Increase Oxytocin Naturally
One of the best ways to increase oxytocin levels in your body naturally is to spend time with your partner in a romantic setting. If you are with your partner in a calm, soothing, relaxing stress free atmosphere that makes you feel good, levels of oxytocin in your body increase. You end up feeling refreshed, relaxed - and more deeply in love with them.
And this is exactly what happens during the couple's massage. No wonder this is one of our more popular services.