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Can Massages Really Help Improve Your Sleep?

Massages are a well-known method to help us relax. From helping to release the tension in our muscles, to simply giving us the chance to unwind and enjoy some me-time, massages are a beauty treatment often overlooked. You certainly wouldn’t be alone for only reserving massages for holidays or spa days, but the reality is that a regular massage could actually benefit you and your body more than you might expect. From reducing symptoms of stress to improving insomnia, we’re taking a deeper look into how regular massages can help you sleep better each night.

How Can Massages Help?

When it comes to actually getting good sleep each night, it can often feel impossible. Our lives are busier and more demanding than ever before, with most of us tending to lean towards later nights and earlier mornings to fit in a full day of not only work and responsibilities, but an opportunity to actually relax and unwind before we go to bed. For a lot of us, this can lead to stress and tension that may prevent us from sleeping properly when we do finally get into bed. 

Massages are proven to reduce stress and ultimately improve circulation throughout the body. This can soothe aches and pains and help relax our bodies ready for sleep each night. The relief can also help to produce serotonin, which has been thought to improve sleep quality as well as help you fall asleep in the first place.

Massages have also been known to be helpful for:

  • Digestive disorders/problems
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve pain and paresthesia 
  • Sports injuries
  • TMJ pain 
  • Strains and other similar injuries

Which Massages Are Recommended?

Different massage techniques can help with various issues depending on what you need to improve your sleep. If it’s stress keeping you awake, any of the massages we offer can help you relax and unwind, however, those suffering from aches, pains, stiffness or other issues could benefit from something a little more specialised or targeted:

  • Swedish Massage – Swedish massages are a type that is typically more gentle for those who just need the chance to unwind. A Swedish massage uses long strokes, circular motions and kneading movements to relax your muscles, improve blood flow and ultimately help you relax. 
  • Deep Tissue – Tight, stiff and aching muscles can keep us awake at night by simply preventing us from getting comfortable. Deep tissue massages use firm, slow and more forceful strokes to target deeper layers of muscle and tissue in order to relax tense or damaged muscles. 
  • Acupressure – Acupressure uses firm pressure on particular points of the body that will then help to treat and tackle other ailments. The goal is to keep things flowing throughout your body by clearing up each point, ultimately improving your sleep and various other symptoms you may have including aches, pains, headaches, motion sickness, nausea and more.

Massages are a great way to improve your everyday life and by building a regular massage routine, you can help to tackle issues with sleep duration, quality and more. Whether you’re an insomnia sufferer or simply need a bit of help with the quality of your sleep, our massage treatments could help. Simply get in touch with a member of our team to book your appointment or discuss your options with us, today.