A massage from a loved one can not only ease pain
but also soothe depression and strengthen a relationship.
A warm touch seems to set off the release of oxytocin,
a hormone that helps create a sensation of trust,
and to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.In the brain, prefrontal areas, which help regulate emotion, can relax, freeing them for another of their primary purposes: problem solving. In effect, the body interprets a supportive touch as “I’ll share the load.”