One of the biggest factors that affects our health and well-being is stress. Stress ages us, keeps us from performing at the top of our game, and prevents us from being our best while interacting with others. Stress also makes our bodies release unhealthy amounts of cortisol.
“Cortisol, the hormone your body releases when under stress, is the strongest immunosuppressant known. In other words, nothing weakens our defenses against disease quite like stress.” – Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, Sex at Dawn
Further, studies show that the release of cortisol leads to the storage of abdominal fat. We assume this only leads to more stress, as every magazine cover has some man or woman sporting six-pack abs.
Fortunately, a massage naturally lowers the levels of cortisol in the body, which improves your immune system’s ability to fight illness. Additionally, massage increases the levels of oxytocin in the body. Oxytocin, a.k.a. the cuddle hormone or love hormone, alleviates the effects of cortisol. Additionally, building up oxytocin in the body helps facilitate pair bonding and helps facilitate more powerful orgasms.
Finally, if your massage skills are holding you back, check out the White Tiger Tantra DVD series. As we’ve mentioned before, we believe it’s the most worthwhile massage series for couples.