Massage for Sleep
Jul 9, 2014
Massage is a great way to relax the mind, body and spirit and have a much-needed moment to yourself. But it’s more than an indulgence—it soothes away stress, boosts your immune system and eases aches and pains. Massage can even give you that one thing you desire more than anything.
How can massage help you get a more restful and restorative sleep?
- It boosts serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter. Serotonin levels are typically low in people who cannot stay asleep and wake throughout the night.
- It lowers stress hormones. High levels of cortisol, the “fight or flight” hormone, can disrupt sleep patterns in a major way. It can wake you up in the middle of the night, prevent you from falling back to sleep, or leave you in an edgy state of mind.
- It reduces pain. Chronic pain is a lose-lose situation: Pain interrupts sleep, and the lack of sleep often makes pain worse. Massage therapy reduces pain (and restores deep sleep) by increasing blood blow to the joints and muscles, triggering the brain to release natural painkillers, and relaxing you, both physically and mentally
Adapted from an article by Brenda Beattie - Read more >>