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The Science of Sleep: How Massage Therapy Can Promote Good Sleep

Elements Massage Scottsdale Shea May 2, 2013

We need sleep. It’s that simple. Quality sleep is invaluable to your health and wellness. 

Many people experience sleep issues that adversely affect their health. It’s believed that over 64 million Americans wrestle with insomnia. Last year, the American Massage Therapy Association issued a statement maintaining that massage therapy can help improve sleep. As a natural method, massage is undoubtedly one of the best options to try out. 

Research shows that massage therapy is an effective way to address many of the underlying causes of insomnia. Here is how it works: 

-Chronically tight muscles are loosened after massage helping to normalize blood flow and disperse pain allowing those who are kept awake at night to attain a more comfortable state. 

-Massage has proved to successfully stimulate people’s parasympathetic system where your digestive and restorative functions are housed. With this stimulation, your body is granted an opportunity to slow down and restore itself. 

-Massage is also successful in triggering your body’s relaxation response. Frequent massages allow you to reprogram your nervous system to feel calmer and fall asleep faster and in doing so have deeper more restful sleep. 

-Lastly, massage can directly influence the body’s production of serotonin, which is essential in creation of melatonin that influences our sleep stages. Serotonin also directly contributes to the alleviation of pain and can improve the quality of sleep. 

Although there is plenty more research out there, this is enough evidence to advocate that massage therapy can positively contribute to your ability to get a good night’s sleep. If you’re up for it, you’ve got nothing to lose!

 

 

 

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