We all require quality sleep for our physical and mental health. Not only does insufficient sleep impair overall mental stability, focus and concentration, but studies have also found a prolonged occurrence of poor sleep to be associated with numerous chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and depression.
Unfortunately, falling asleep or remaining asleep is a struggle for 50 to 70 million Americans. Healthcare professionals can help to identify the root cause of sleeplessness, although approximately half of all chronic cases have no identifiable origin.
A growing body of research indicates that massage therapy may be beneficial in combating insomnia, as well as the many chronic conditions that contribute to this sleep disorder. Although people generally find massage to be very relaxing, many may not be aware of its holistic benefits.
Additionally, massage helps to combat insomnia by promoting the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain. It is believed that the area of the brain that facilitates the body entering into deep sleep uses serotonin to communicate. The brain also uses serotonin to produce melatonin.
Melatonin is a hormone which tells the brain to “slow down” and to prepare to sleep. Other research has found that delta waves – brain waves which appear in heaviest concentration during the deepest realm of sleep - increase as a result of massage.
Because insomnia and depression can have many reasons for onset, it is important to seek the advice of a healthcare professional prior to committing to a specific treatment. Massage, including Ashiatsu massage, promotes overall wellness and people tend to experience relaxation and positive mood following a massage. Massage therapy is a drug-free, natural method to promote overall health.