Why foot mas­sage by hand could boost your love life…

The Mail on Sunday - - Health -

A TEN-minute foot mas­sage could be the way to your loved one’s heart, ac­cord­ing to new re­search that shows squeez­ing and rub­bing the feet causes a surge in the feel­good ‘cud­dle hor­mone’ oxy­tocin.

In the study, 40 adult males re­ceived ten min­utes of light foot mas­sage, ei­ther by hand or a mas­sage ma­chine.

Blood sam­ples were taken be­fore and af­ter, and lev­els of oxy­tocin were mea­sured. It is re­leased by the body dur­ing child­birth and breast­feed­ing, when we cud­dle, and dur­ing or­gasm. Lev­els were boosted in the blood by up to 51 per cent af­ter the hand-ad­min­is­tered mas­sage, com­pared to 18 per cent af­ter ma­chine-ad­min­is­tered mas­sage. The con­cen­tra­tion of nerves in the feet is thought to be a rea­son they are so sen­si­tive.

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