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Dancing To Boost Oxytocin

Dancing To Boost Oxytocin (The Mother Magazine)
Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone in humans. It is responsible for feelings of connection and referred to most as the ‘Bonding’ & “Love” hormone. It was given this “name” due to the role this hormone plays in the body.

Why this hormone is so important to Human beings and why it can give them better quality of life if they increase its production on a daily basis?

Oxytocin acts in the neuroanatomy in intimacy, especially during and after childbirth. It is released in large amounts in the cervix and uterus during labour which facilitates birth, maternal bonding and lactation (breastfeeding). It is also associated with helping couples/friends establish a greater sense of intimacy and attachment.

New research is suggesting that this amazing hormone plays an important part in enabling human beings to not just create and strengthen social & healthy relations, but also to provide the crucial ingredients for making us human. Oxytocin is primarily produced by the hypothalamus gland in the brain and it is transported and stored in the Pituitary gland.

Dancing To Boost Oxytocin (The Mother Magazine)

Psychologist Matt Hertenstein states that “It really lays the biological foundation and structure for connecting to other people.”

In a dance class for example, students are usually interacting with each other through shaking hands, exchanging nice words while greeting each other and even giving hugs. The simple act of bodily contact causes the brain to release low levels of Oxytocin, in yourself and in the person you are touching. It’s a near-instantaneous way to establish trust and increase feelings of self- esteem and optimism.

When students are invited to participate in games where they are engaging with each other as a partner or as a group, possibly giving hands to dance in a circle or even having somehow to touch each other in order to perform a movement, they don’t realise that they are being given the possibility of healing their own wounds and relieving and releasing stress, anxiety and emotional pain that they may be experiencing but no one else in the class is aware of…

Not surprisingly, given its ability to alleviate social anxiety and produce feelings of trust, Oxytocin produced in a dance class has the peripheral ability to reduce tension while you are having fun, building up good relations and toning your body.

Dancing To Boost Oxytocin (The Mother Magazine)

Dance has become more accepted by society as a fundamental tool to heal people from creating a separated life style where everybody is more and more busy, spends less time taking care of themselves & each other, having fewer moments with their families & loved ones… all the occasions in life that support the increase of this amazing & fascinating hormone.

At least now you can be aware that you receive great benefits by attending a particular class or by doing certain activities that enable you to keep your body healthy & fit and your levels of Oxytocin high, resulting in helping you become a more fulfilled and happy person!

Sara McDonald

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