Can Getting a Massage Help Me Sleep Better?

The cumulative effects of insomnia are severe: mistakes at work, motor vehicle accidents, forgetfulness, and irritability. If you are troubled by recurring insomnia, don't reach for a sleeping pill. There is a much healthier way to regain your ability to sleep - try massage therapy.

There are many reasons for insomnia, and massage therapy can alleviate all of them:

  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches,
  • Short-term pain from recent increased activity
  • Muscle tension
  • Physical and hormonal effects of prolonged stress or anxiety

While your therapist is stretching your tight muscles, eliminating your trigger points, and releasing your tight fascia, your body responds by releasing more serotonin and reducing cortisol to promote an overall feeling of wellbeing and relaxation. Your heart rate slows, your blood pressure drops, and your autonomic nervous system calms down. You may find yourself drifting off to sleep right on the massage table.

The following types of massage techniques are most beneficial to banishing your insomnia:

  • Swedish massage promotes deep relaxation, helping you break the cycle of stress that is feeding your insomnia
  • Reflexology - a foot massage helps release stress from the entire body; ask your massage therapists how to perform a soothing foot massage at home. You will be surprised at how this addition to your bedtime ritual promotes a more restful night's sleep
  • Trigger point massage to relieve stress in your neck, shoulders and at the base of your skull
  • Facial massage does more than smooth out your frowning brow. It promotes serenity and relaxation for deeper sleep
  • Aromatherapy massage with lavender essential oil will help ensure that you have sweet dreams

Tell your massage therapist about your sleep problems. He or she will suggest the right approach and you will soon be free of your insomnia. If you are looking for expert massage therapy services, contact LaVida Massage of Livonia MI today! 

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