Couples who are in love can transmit signals that trigger surges of oxytocin in one another’s brains. Oxytocin can alter hormone levels, cardiovascular function, sleep rhythms, immune system, promote bonding, and contribute to affectionate feelings. (Goleman, Daniel, PhD, with Richard Boyatzis, and Annie Mckee. Primal Leadership. p 6-8. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.)

Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus, ovaries, and testes. Birthing process and massage can trigger release in the brain. Can lower blood pressure, stimulate growth, enhance metabolic environment, and produce feelings of and relaxation. (Fisher, Helen, PhD. The First Sex. p 86-90. NY: Random House, 1999.)

Oxytocin is a hormone that can increase one’s desire to be touched. It is released in large amounts during sexual activity. A female’s oxytocin receptors are 10 times more sensitive than a male’s. Females are 4-6 times more likely to touch another woman in a social conversation than a man is likely to touch another man. (Pease, Barbara and Allan. Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps. p 34-38. NY: Broadway Books, 1998.)

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