Can Massage help you sleep?

Indulging in a massage at the end of a tough week isn’t just a nice way to wind down—it’s also been shown to improve sleep. (Numerous studies on this can be found here).

So how does massage help with sleep?

It can help reduce anxiety - If you’re being kept up at night worrying about financial problems, relationships, kids, work or other stressful issues, a massage may be the key to sounder sleep. Regular massage sessions have been found to decrease depression and anxiety levels and improve sleep quality, perhaps because they trigger the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can help you feel calm. The technique has been found to benefit children and adolescents, as well.

It can help decrease pain - Not only can massage bring stress levels down, but it may also help ease pain.

Several studies have shown that people suffering from painful and serious conditions saw better sleep after a regular massage routine.

For example, this study found that back massage was both a safe and cost-effective way to improve sleep among patients with congestive heart failure.

Another study found that massage therapy reduced fatigue and improved sleep patterns of people recovering from heart bypass surgery. Participants found that not only did they sleep better, but pain in their back, chest, and shoulders decreased significantly in only a matter of days with regular massage.

And yet another study conducted in Brazil found that massage therapy helped insomnia symptoms in postmenopausal women. Researchers found that massage had the potential to work well in conjunction with hormonal therapy, and may even have the potential to act as a stand-in to prescription medications.

What’s more, a different independent study conducted in Iran found that the link between sleep disorders and breast cancer in women significantly reduced with regular massage. As with women managing symptoms of menopause, researchers suggested this could be a viable alternative to taking medications.

These studies send quite a clear message: if massage can improve sleep for people with such serious conditions as breast cancer and congenital heart failure, it only makes sense it could help people with less serious illnesses as well.

Massage is an age-old technique that can make a deeply positive impact on your sleep, health, and overall well-being.

Capri Clark is the founder of Bayside Remedial Massage and Healing in Brisbane. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing and a Diploma in Remedial Massage. Capri's gentle techniques bring a huge amount of care and skill to her treatments. If you would like to book in for a session with Capri, you can click here.