February for me has always been associated with love, chocolates and family time. After surviving the cold January, it’s nice to have something to look forward to and celebrate Valentine’s day the way we like. Some enjoy spending it with their other halves/family, some prefer to stay at home and snuggle with their pets or simply cushioned pillow and sugary goods, while the rest whine about Valentine’s day being a forced way to show love. Now, especially with the way things are in the world right now, I will take every little thing to celebrate and minimize the whining to minimum, so hush.
Now talking about Valentine’s and all things cheesy and sloppy, I wanted to do a quick dive into what reminds me of when it comes to word ‘’love’’ and that is oxytocin. I am sure you have all heard something in the terms of love or happy hormone or feel good hormone. Oxytocin is released during different events in life, mainly any positive physical contact like hugs, holding hands, kissing, as well as social contacts. Research has showed that childbirth process also releases a massive amounts of oxytocin to aid in contractions. Talking about enjoying the 5-30 hour labour day..
Oxytocin aids in mood regulation (depending on the environment), increases bonding between the mother and the child, helps to ease the breastfeeding process by stimulating the flow and controls appetite and possibly sleep, although that area of research is still quite grey.
So there are lots of ways to increase some happiness in our lives and bodies and although physical contact has been reduced during everything that is happening around, we can still keep in touch with our dearest ones, even with a socially distanced talk outside the house or a quick zoom, or a phone call.
The good news is that we are still open and ready to fulfill a part of your day with a supportive chat, an amazing adjustment, massage or a physio session. We are here to give you a bit of a lockdown boost.