GREENSBORO, N.C. -- In the busyness of life, working parents Andrew and Amanda Mbuvi found themselves in that oh so common rut of lots of love, but not a whole lot of time for each other.
"We always said we'd have a date night, but then we never did anything," remembers Amanda, an author and mom of two. "Now dancing has really helped us have a sense of being present and connected and it's so much fun."
The two are now shimmying the spark back into their 13-year marriage. The two began taking ballroom dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Greensboro 18 months ago.
According to researchers at the University of North Carolina, it's not just the time together that's helping to strengthen their bond. It's the touching that comes with the dancing, their hands intertwined, his hand on her back. Studies show non-sexual touching floods the body with oxytocin, what's known as the feel-good hormone. Not only does it makes you feel less stressed, studies show women who get lots of hugs actually have lower blood pressure and sleep better.
The Mbuvis are parents to two children, 9 and 5 years old, and often dance in the kids' playroom at night. "It's good for them to see us doing something that is just ours, instead of only focusing on them. They see us doing something we enjoy doing. It's easy to fall into the grind and that's not bad, it's just that life catches us with you and this has really helped us rediscover our sensual selves and helped us be even closer."