Touch Starvation

Touch Starvation is real!

Have you ever heard of a medical condition called touch starvation?

This is someone that literally has an increase in stress, anxiety, and depression because they do not receive enough positive human touch throughout their day. Out of all the disEASES out there today, this one we do have quite a bit of control over, and Shiva’s Massage is here to help.

Now more than ever, touch is so very important! Due to social distancing as a response to the pandemic, there is a lack of touch and face to face communication. It isn’t even socially acceptable to shake someone’s hand anymore. I fear that as our worlds become more and more digital and more interactions are made through a screen, we lose that element of touch that we all once took for granted. I mean, long before the pandemic even happened, our doctors have been depriving their patients of that caring touch. (Not all doctors are like this.)

As our worlds change and humans lack the skin to skin contact essential for mental, emotional, and physical health, the body releases more and more cortisol in response. This can cause an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and can even suppress the digestive and immune system. Not to mention drifting deeper into depression, anxiety, digestive issues, regretfully ending in suicide.

Fear not, positive, friendly touch is known to release oxytocin, a neuropeptide that naturally reduces cortisol in the body. This positive, friendly touch helps increase the “feel-good” sensations of trust, emotional bonding, and social connection, all while decreasing fear and anxiety. In adults, touch even helps regulate digestion, sleep, and boost our immune system.

According to, massage is at the top of the list of suggestions on how to avoid touch starvation. Here at Shiva’s, we couldn’t agree more. That’s why our therapists go through additional training before they start providing massage to our loyal clientele. Because touch is so vital for your mental, emotional, and immune health, our caring therapists rarely break contact during your massage session. That way you are getting the most out of each of your sessions.

We feel that when the therapist continually makes contact throughout the session you will be instantly achieve a deeper state of relaxation, and as a result release more oxytocin. Experience the continuous flow of movement today at Shiva’s Massage.

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