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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…


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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 


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