Massage Therapy for Insomnia
Sometimes, a good night's sleep seems impossible to attain.
Whether that's because of specific or general
stress, hormonal or schedule changes, short-term or chronic
pain, there's nothing quite so frustrating as watching the clock
count off the hours while you lie wide awake -- knowing you'll have
to start the coming day without nearly enough sleep.
Feeling sluggish or less than energetic during the day is bad
enough, but insomnia can also reduce cognitive functions while
increasing depression, anxiety and problems with memory. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared that
insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. "Sleep
insufficiency [is] linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial
disasters, and medical and other occupational errors."
Natural Treatment for Insomnia
Everyone has seen ads for pills that promise a good night's
sleep, but not everyone wants to rely on prescription medication.
Over-the-counter remedies aren't always effective, and alcohol and
nicotine create problems of their own.
It's easy to see why some people seek refuge in less-than-ideal
treatments to make themselves fall asleep. But when you're looking
for how to treat insomnia naturally, massage therapy can make a
How Massage Works
When you tell your Massage Envy professional therapist about
your sleep difficulties, you'll receive a massage designed to
address the problem. Research has shown that regular insomnia
massage therapy not only reduces pain and anxiety but also
increases relaxation, which can help restore your sleep
"When you are deprived of deep sleep, certain kinds of pain
chemicals are released," explains Dr. Tiffany Field, director of
the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of
Medicine. But that changes with any kind of massage, whether for
insomnia or increased flexibility or greater relaxation.
"There is a release of serotonin, which is the body's natural
production of anti-pain chemicals. Massage is very effective at
increasing deep sleep."
Along with promoting deep sleep, which is where the restorative
process occurs, a therapeutic massage from Massage Envy can pay off
in other ways as well. The Touch Research Institute has found that
arthritis patients report improved grip strength and greater range
of motion after as little as one month of massage therapy.
Other benefits of massage include improved
blood pressure, relaxed
a stronger immune system, relief
of headaches, and stress
reduction. So the natural treatment for insomnia comes with
additional reasons to make massage therapy a regular part of living
a healthier life.
It may sound like an old wives' tale, but University of Maryland
Medical Center researchers found that while massage is known to
encourage relaxation for better sleep, aromatherapy massage can be
even more effective.
Clinical studies of patients receiving a massage with and
without essential oils found that those whose massage included
lavender showed a more positive reaction including improved sleep,
less anxiety and stronger mental capacity. Ask about the Lavender
Garden AromaTherapy blend*, known for promoting restful sleep, when
you visit Massage Envy.
*Indicates additional charges to massage therapy session.