Sleep is a critical component to any health and wellness routine. As invaluable time that allows your mind and body to reset and nourish itself, quality and quantity sleep matters greatly in regards to how you function and feel.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, approximately 64 million Americans suffer from sleep issues and disruptions like insomnia. Massage may be able to provide much needed relief when it comes to promoting improved sleep conditions. In fact, as a non-pharmacological approach, massage and its many modalities are great natural tools to combat the many issues people have when it comes to sleeping!
How Massage Works
For helping to improve sleep, massage is effective in addressing many of the underlying causes of insomnia. Here’s how it works:
- Helping to boost blood flow, massage can reduce tightness and tension in muscles allowing for a more comfortable and natural state.
- Known to stimulate the parasympathetic systems where both digestive and restorative functions are housed, massage promotes your body’s natural ability to heal.
- By triggering the relaxation response, regular massage therapy sessions can help positively program your nervous system to stay calmer and fall asleep quicker into a more restful and restorative sleep maximizing your shuteye time.
- Lending a boost to your body’s production of feel-good endorphins like serotonin and dopamine, massage can help your body produce melatonin that can improve the quality of shut-eye you receive.
Far from comprehensive, the above points are all ways that massage can positively contribute to a better sleep cycle. For those that experience difficulties sleeping, talk to your massage therapist about your next session and find out how we can help you get a better night’s rest!