Poor sleep is a common problem in the United States. Integrative Healthcare reports that as much as thirty percent of people in the United States have had bouts of insomnia, while ten percent experience chronic insomnia. Two things commonly rob people of a good night’s sleep: anxiety and pain. Massage can address both of those issues helping you rest easy.

Massage Can Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Many people have a hard time falling asleep at night because they feel stressed or anxious. This could be caused by chronic stress or simply an impending major event, such as a wedding or presentation at work. An overactive mind can keep you awake, imaging possible scenarios, envisioning stressful outcomes, or making to-do lists. Massage therapy can help you relax and relieve stress and anxiety so that you can fall asleep and sleep soundly. The National Sleep Foundation points out that massage can trigger serotonin, a neurotransmitter that induces calm feelings. In addition, we often hold tension and stress in our muscles, especially our neck and back. This tension can cause our bodies to feel tight and rigid, making sleep difficult. A massage can release the tension that is held in these places so that muscles feel relaxed and ready to rest.
Massage Therapy to Improve Sleep

Pain Can Disrupt Sleep

Pain can keep you awake at night. Perhaps you’ve had an injury at the ski resort, or went a little harder than you should have. If your neck throbs, joints ache, or your lower back is sore, it can be very challenging to rest comfortably. Massage therapy can relieve pain, even chronic pain so that you can improve the quality of your sleep. Time Magazine cites research that found massage reduces inflammatory cytokines, which are known for causing inflammation and pain. The article states that essentially, massage has the same effect as other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NAISDs) such as Tylenol and ibuprofen. Reduced inflammation means less pain which will result in better sleep.

Massage therapy to improve sleep

Your Massage Routine

Massage not only feels great, but it physically changes the chemical processes in our bodies to improve sleep and relieve pain. Break the cycles of stress, pain, and sleepless nights when you include massage in your regular routine. Feel the many benefits of lowered anxiety and restful nights. When you sleep well, your overall health is impacted. You will feel more alert, engaged in your daily tasks, and feel physically well. A good night’s sleep is just one of the many benefits of regular massage. Talk with a massage therapist at The Spa at Breckenridge to find out what type of massage and what massage routine would best fit your needs.

Date posted: September 26, 2017 | Author: |

Categories: Articles Blog Massage Therapy Stress Relief

Most Recent Blog Posts

  • Massage-Therapist-Breckenridge-COChoosing the Right Massage Therapist in Breckenridge
    Our massage therapists in Breckenridge will work with you to find the right massage for you, and meet your wellness goals.
  • Deep Tissue Massage for Pain ManagementDeep Tissue Massage for Pain Management
    According to a study done by the CDC about 50 million Americans are suffering from some type of chronic pain. That is about 20% of the population. Pain can be associated with chronic illness, past injuries, sports related recovery, or pain can even be its own diagnosis.
  • best facial in BreckThe Right Facial in Breckenridge for You
    What can a regular facial do for your skin? Why would you need one? You can combat dry skin, oily skin, break outs, wrinkles and more with a facial. No matter your age, or what type of skin you have, a skilled esthetician can give you the facial you need to help your skin feel rejuvenated.
  • Christmas in Breck 2019Christmas in Breckenridge – Our Favorite Events
    You can come to Breckenridge in December for world class ski runs, but you can also enjoy magical events and experiences. During the Christmas season the town lights up dark nights with spectacular Christmas displays and festive events. Here are a few of our favorite events that you should come up to the high country for.
  • Spa Services for Mommy-to-be and Prenatal Massage
    Pregnancy can be beautiful, but it can also have its challenges. Prenatal massage can help you address many issues so that you can feel more comfortable throughout your pregnancy.