It’s helpful to know that massage can help improve your sleep, but it can be hard to put this into practice. Here are some ideas. At least one should work for you.Get Some Massages
Get on the phone and give us a call or go online. However, note that it doesn’t say “Get a Massage.” That’s because most of the studies that have been done use more than one massage. While one massage likely would be beneficial, the truth is that your body has some long patterns of not sleeping well. It may take regular massages for quite a while to get you sleeping well again. You can even add on acupuncture before or immediately at the end of your treatment to ramp up the benefits.
There are several different types of massage to choose from. Swedish massage is the most popular in the western world. It is gentle and involves using techniques like long strokes, kneading, and circular motions to help your body relax. Deep tissue massage is a bit rougher and utilizes techniques to get down into layers of muscles that might not otherwise benefit. Trigger point massage focuses on releasing muscles on specific sore spots. The upside to all of this is that you will feel more relaxed and sleep better. However, getting regular massages can be expensive so joining the membership or purchasing a series can help you afford this self-care.Self-Massage
If you can’t make it out to a massage therapist a few times a week, there are some massage techniques you can do at home until you can reserve a treatment to see us.
Foot reflexology.The bottom of the foot has up to 15,000 nerve endings, and massaging these has been shown to improve health all over the body. While different parts of the foot seem to be connected to particular parts of the body, massaging the bottom of the foot as a whole also can help with relaxation.
Head massage. It can be hard to massage certain parts of your own body, but you should be able to rub your head. Your head has some acupressure points that can be helpful for sleep.
Face massage. If you carry stress in your muscles, you may carry more of it in your face than you had thought. Rubbing your face can release this tension, helping you rest better.
Use whatever specific technique of self-massage helps you the most. Learn them all, as some may help some days and others on other days. Before long, you should be getting more sleep.