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Massage for Insomnia!!!

The neurochemistry of sleep is very complex. While there are many aspects of the brain and its chemicals that contribute to sleep, we will look at the serotonin component of sleep.

Serotonin is an extremely important neurotransmitter that is essential to our survival. Serotonin plays a role in mood, behavior, body temperature, physical coordination, appetite and sleep. Derived from the amino acid tryptophan, serotonin can also be converted by the brain into melatonin.

Serotonin is a precursor to the body’s rendering of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone released by the brain’s pineal gland to quiet and reset the part of the brain that directs circadian cycles to prepare for sleep.

The chemistry of sleep is relevant to massage therapists because massage can directly influence the body’s production of serotonin.


* Increases circulation which improves the delivery of nutrients, oxygen and arterial blood components to the local area.

* Directly reduces restrictions, which increases muscle tissue function. Mechanical benefits and reflex responses combine to help the muscular soft tissues respond through…


A knot is scientifically known as a myofascial trigger point. What does that mean to you who only want to understand what those pesky knots are and why they cause pain and discomfort, limit range of motion, and aggravate the soul causing even more stress? I get asked all the time as…


Massage provides a safe and neutral situation in which to receive loving touch and stimulation of the skin senses, which are so important for emotional health and self-esteem. Touch is fundamental to the development of a healthy human being, and touch deprivation in the early stages of life is…


Does sports massage after intense exercise speed muscle recovery? While athletes of every kind use sports massage, the hard research into whether and how it works has been sparse. But a 2008 study by Ohio State University researchers found evidence that Swedish massage improved the time it…

MYTH: It takes too long to have a massage


The massage therapist will always do what is in the best interest of the patient (i.e. if the patient cannot afford a full hour of massage or does not have enough time for a full hour massage, the massage therapist will most likely offer shorter times for massage).

NLMTA. (n.d.). Myths about massage therapy. Retrieved from 


Superficial stroking:

The therapist will glide their hands over the client’s body with minimal deformation of the subcutaneous tissue. This technique can be performed over large areas of the body. This is used to reduce pain, stimulate relaxation, resting muscle tension and the…


Ten minutes of massage therapy can help repair exercise-induced muscle damage by subduing inflammation and renewing mitochondria. This mechanism is similar to the way nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work. Data from the small controlled study also debunk the notion that massage…

The College of Massage Therapists of BC will act in the public interest while taking a leadership role in the advancement of massage therapy. In partnership with other jurisdictions and health professionals, we will promote high educational standards, continued competency, public education, research and practitioner accountability. Massage therapy will be nationally recognized as a safe and effective regulated health care profession.

In British Columbia, over 75 percent of medical physicians regularly refer their patients to a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) - and they make these referrals because massage therapy is both accessible and effective in the treatment of their patients’ conditions. Today, RMTs use a blend of modern science and ancient philosophies, utilizing specific techniques and modalities.

Over the past decade, there has been a significant rise in the demand for massage therapy in BC. This can be attributed to higher educational standards, research studies showing the efficacy of massage therapy, and an overall increase in public demand for non-surgical and drug-free treatment options.

RMTs work with illness, injury and disability in diverse and broad patient populations. They are primary health care professionals that focus on disorders of the muscoloskeletal and related systems.

Treatment and management of many health conditions by massage therapists is supported by research.


Massage around the world!!! SO MANY different catagories!

So many reasons for mommy to get treated!