Hack your hormones with your Hug Wearable Heatpack

In the pursuit of optimal self-care and comfort, understanding how temperature and pressure affect our bodie's neurotransmitters and hormones can significantly enhance our well-being. Both warmth and cool temperatures have unique benefits that can stimulate the release of various neurotransmitters and hormones, contributing to mental and physical health. Here's a comprehensive look at how these elements work.


Warmth and Pressure: Promoting Oxytocin, Serotonin and Dopamine

Oxytocin Release

Warmth: Heat therapy, such as using heat packs or taking warm baths, can trigger the release of oxytocin, often referred to as the "love hormone." Oxytocin is associated with social bonding, emotional regulation, and stress reduction. The sensation of warmth mimics human touch, which is a primary trigger for oxytocin release. 【source】

Pressure: Deep pressure stimulation from wearing your Hug wrapped around your waist or on your shoulders and neck can also promote oxytocin release. These wrapping or weighted sensations are intentionally similar to being hugged, which is known to increase oxytocin levels. This hormone plays a crucial role in reducing stress and promoting feelings of comfort and safety【source】

Amazingly Oxytocin also plays a role in pain relief, it works so well that research is underway to see if there may be an effective medicinal modality for it in the future! Source

Oxytocin has also been shown to be associated with increased “resilience” following excessive stress or adversity. Resilience is a complex concept that has been defined from the perspectives of many different research fields, but it can be summarised as the ability to maintain health and adapt positively despite adversity.

Serotonin and Dopamine are essential neurotransmitters that significantly impact various aspects of mental and physical health. Serotonin primarily regulates mood, sleep, appetite, and cognitive functions, while dopamine is crucial for pleasure, reward, motivation, movement, and attention. Both neurotransmitters must be balanced for optimal mental health and well-being.


Both warmth and pressure reduce cortisol and increase serotonin and Dopamine.

  • Serotonin: the gentle pressure from the weight or wrapping of your Hug can increase serotonin, leading to improved mood and reduced anxiety. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter known for its role in mood regulation and overall well-being. Heat therapy can relax muscles and improve circulation, enhancing serotonin production.  You know that double whammy feeling of having a warm, heavy cat or dog sleep on you? That's your serotonin soaring. 【source】.
  • Dopamine: Known as the "reward" neurotransmitter, dopamine is linked to pleasure and motivation. Warmth and pressure can enhance dopamine levels, contributing to a positive emotional state and increased motivation【source】. If you are feeling unmotivated and a bit low try adding a warm Hug wraparound heatpack to your self care moment today. 

It's not all about using your Hug warm, you should try hacking your hormones with a chilled Hug.

Cool Temperatures are well understood mechanisms for boosting Endorphins and Norepinephrine

Endorphins interact with the opioid receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain. This interaction can produce a feeling of euphoria similar to that produced by opioids but without the risk of addiction or overdose. Essentially, endorphins act as a natural pain reliever and mood enhancer.

Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands, which are located on top of your kidneys. It is often referred to as the "stress hormone" because it is released in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration.

    1. Endorphin Release

      1. Cold Exposure: Activities like taking cold showers or ice baths, or wearing a chilled Hug around your neck or shoulders can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and mood enhancers. Cold exposure triggers a mild stress response in the body, leading to the production of endorphins that can improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression.  【source】
      • Norepinephrine Production

        • Cold Therapy: Exposure to cold also increases norepinephrine levels, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in attention, focus, and mood regulation. Higher levels of norepinephrine can lead to enhanced mood, increased energy, and better cognitive function. Regular cold exposure has been linked to significant increases in norepinephrine, contributing to its antidepressant effects. Try 5 minutes meditation with your chilled hug in the morning wrapped around your heat and eyes to not only promote norepineprhine but also depuff your eyes and face.【source】
      • Cortisol Levels
        • Cold exposure has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, a primary stress hormone, thereby lowering overall stress. This reduction in cortisol can promote relaxation and improve mental well-being【source】. If you aren't ready to go full 'ice bath' try wrapping a chilled Hug around your waist for a few minutes to reduce your core temperature in a more beginner friendly way!

    Practical Applications for Self-Care

    1. Heat Therapy Products

      • Hug Wearable Heat Packs: These can be heated in the microwave and worn comfortably to provide consistent warmth and relief from muscle tension and cramps.
      • Warm Baths: Taking warm baths can soothe muscles, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.
    2. Cold Therapy Techniques

      • A chilled Hug heatpack: Applied to the back of the neck while you get ready in the morning can stimulate endorphin and norepinephrine production, improving mood and reducing stress. without the extreme of jumping in an ice bath!
      • Worn cold around the waist: Will involves short exposures of your core to cold temperatures, used to reduce inflammation and enhance recovery.
    3. Making use of pressure

      • Wearing your Hug around your waist: adjusting Hug to fit snugly or wrapping it around your head can provide deep pressure stimulation, increasing the release of serotonin and oxytocin, which can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep.

    Incorporating both warm and cold therapies, along with pressure-based products, into your self-care routine can provide a balanced approach to enhancing mental and physical health. Warmth and pressure stimulate the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, while cold exposure boosts endorphins and norepinephrine. Understanding these mechanisms can help you tailor your self-care practices to achieve optimal well-being.

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