Touch As Medicine without the Side Effects


The same hormone that causes mother and child to bond, Oxytocin, is also released in our bodies when we touch or hug a loved one for at least 20 seconds, also lowering our heart rate and cortisol levels (stress hormone). Hugs also stimulate the brain to release dopamine, our pleasure hormone! What's not to love about therapeutic touch and hugs.

— Linda Lalande, RMT / Massage Therapist