Wow, what a difference an hour makes! Have you noticed yourself dragging a bit since the infamous “Spring Ahead”? Without a doubt, the switch to Daylight Savings Time can be a real challenge for us and some of us may feel the impact of that lost hour more significantly, depending on our body’s own natural rhythms. Whether you fall into that category or not, disruptions or changes in your sleep can ripple over into your daytime. Have you thought about how massage could make a difference?
A recent article by the Sleep Center at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore Washington Medical Center notes that “the quality of sleep you are getting each night affects not only your energy level but also your physical and mental health.” While we sleep, our bodies have their own agenda. They switch into a restorative mode that leads to improved brain and immune functions, repairs in the digestive and circulatory systems, and better use of resources overall which means our time awake is healthier and more productive.
That’s all great, but how does massage make a difference? Here are a few ways:
Swedish massage is typically geared towards relaxation and helps the body make the switch into restorative mode easier. Getting regular Swedish massage, like anything else you do regularly, helps your body create habits. Unfortunately, in our busy day-to-day lives, we can lose the habit of relaxation. Massage is a useful tool for regaining that ability.
If sleep is elusive because of muscle pain, consider a type of massage that will target the cause. Deep tissue and myofascial work can address chronic tension in the various layers of muscle and surrounding tissue resulting in pain relief. Trigger point also addresses chronic and referred pain. Once the pain is controlled (or relieved entirely), sleep is easier.
For gentler work, you might try craniosacral therapy or reiki. Both of those are wonderful, supportive types of bodywork that can be used in almost any situation, even with some conditions that contraindicate other types of massage.
Of course, overall, stress reduction is a huge factor in improving your sleep. Regular massage is proven to reduce stress and more, according to the Mayo Clinic and other sources. Finding the type of massage that works best for you is a matter of talking to your massage therapist.
Massage Associates has been making our clients a priority for fifteen years. That means our massage therapists will work with you to find what is most effective for you. We all have our own particular way of working and our clients are able to comfortably find their favorite type of work, therapist and session enhancements. For many people, that golden combination changes depending on their situation. It’s one of the many things that makes Massage Associates stand out from other practices in the area.
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