Massage and Sleep: Mutual Exclusivity
Elements Massage Chandler Village Oct 1, 2013
Our bodies need sleep. It’s that simple.
Quality sleep is invaluable to your health and wellness but unfortunately, over 64 million Americans experience difficulties with getting enough sleep. Many people report issues like insomnia or restless leg syndrome. In the last few years, the American Massage Therapy Association issued a statement stating that maintaining a frequent massage therapy routine can greatly contribute to improved sleep patterns. As a safe and non-pharmacological method, massage is undoubtedly one of the best options to try out.
Here is how massage therapy works for sleep related issues:
- Chronically tight muscles are loosened and relaxed after massage helping to normalize blood flow and disperse pain to allow those afflicted with muscle aches and spasms to attain a more comfortable state.
- Massage is also proven to stimulate people’s parasympathetic system (where digestive and restorative functions are housed). With this stimulation, your body is encouraged to repair and restore itself making for better sleep.
- Massage also triggers your body’s relaxation response. This is key to inducing quality sleep. Frequent massages allow you to essentially reprogram your body’s nervous system in order to feel calmer and more able to fall asleep faster.
- Lastly, massage can influence the amount of serotonin your body produces. This is an essential ingredient in your body’s creation of melatonin and both affect how your body moves through its stages of sleep. Serotonin can also contribute to alleviating bodily aches and pains.
If you’ve been experiencing sleep difficulties, talk to us at Elements Massage Chandler Village. We can offer assistance in positively contributing to your ability to get some quality sleep!
Opening October 19th, (480) 917-4880.