Balance Blog

Jul 31st

What Massage Can Do For Your Insomnia

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Insomnia occurs when a person is either unable to get to sleep or unable to remain asleep. People require at least 8 hours of good sleep per night for optimum health, and chronic insomnia can lead to long-term health problems, so seeking relief is important.

Some causes of insomnia are stress, depression, anxiety, certain medications, trauma, health problems, and even inadequate sunlight during the day. In addition to or instead of medication, people who suffer from insomnia can often find relief through alternative means. Deep breathing, meditation and yoga are just a few ways people with insomnia get their sleep. Many doctors recommend massage therapy as a first step in treating insomnia, before trying medication. Many sleep medications can cause psychological and physical dependence.

A massage from Balance Therapeutic or other licensed massage therapist can:

* Help your heart work easier
* Relax your respiratory passageways so that you can breathe better
* Provide an overall calming sensation
* Calm your mind
* Loosen your tense muscles, thus reducing the amount of pressure on your joints
* Increase your body’s production of serotonin, which is something that people who suffer from insomnia don’t produce enough of
* Relieve the stress that your mind and body are feeling

Massage for insomnia will activate the part of your autonomic nervous system that helps you to relax. It will also turn off your sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the stressful feeling you may sometimes experience. When this happens your sleep patterns can improve dramatically.

Doctor Linda Sykes, founder of Meditation For Health in Toronto, is one of many doctors recommending massage and other natural practices to complement and support conventional medical care:

If you or someone you care about suffers from insomnia, consider massage as a tool to help get some sleep.

  1. Joseph
    July 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I understand that a massage might work for insomnia but so does exercise, if you go for a walk or lift weight or any of that your body releases a hormone that relaxes your body and you sleep a lot better than if you didn’t exercise at all. This is a great article and I love the fact that they are trying to stay away from drugs if at all possible.

    • Balanced Blogger
      October 11, 2012 at 2:50 am

      Thanks for the compliment! I agree completely, Joseph. My clients have found that a customized, multi-layered wellness plan – often including exercise, proper nutrition, massage, yoga, etc. – has the best effect on many conditions, insomnia included.

  2. Rose
    August 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    It is simple what it can do for insomnia, it relaxes you and you can go to sleep easier. When you are getting a massage your body will release a chemical in it that relaxes your muscles because that is the signal your brain is putting off. The unfortunate part is you have to get up and go home in order to go to sleep, by that time you could be wide awake.

    • Balanced Blogger
      October 11, 2012 at 2:45 am

      I’ve had that experience, Rose! Despite the drive home, though, my clients with insomnia do report an overall lessening of their insomnia over time. Maybe this is due in part to the psychological effects of getting massage regularly. The body is a wonderful mystery.


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