Massage Therapy for Insomnia
Updated: Jun 1, 2018
Massage therapy by a professional is a wonderful remedy for insomnia. A good massage therapy session engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is your "rest and digest" mode. Many of us live in a state of stress and find it hard to unwind at night. I've had insomnia on occasion and it makes for a long day of work the following day.
Tea: If you can't get in to see a professional massage therapist, there are things you can do at home. A calming cup of tea can really help. My favorite is Aloha Sleep herbal Tea tea. it contains; lemon balm leaf, rooibos leaf, chamomile, lavender flower, valerian root, and hops.
Self Massage: Another calming thing while you're waiting for sleep, is to massage your belly. Use slow rhythmic circles, maybe stop and concentrate (gently) on areas that are tender. Always massage in a clock-wise direction to aid digestion. Use any oil or cream, coconut oil is my favorite. To make the oil extra sleep inducing, add some lavender oil, like this oil by Soothing Touch.
Deep Breathing: Deep breathing also engages the parasympathetic nervous system, plus it calms your mind because you're focused on breathing. Breath in nice and deep counting to 8, pause, then exhale for a count of 8. Don't worry if it's hard to do at first, it will get easier as you start to relax. Usually sleep will come at some point while you're counting.