Fact of fable: will massage help me sleep?

Whilst having a massage it is quite common for a client to say to me afterwards: “ooo I almost fell asleep” and once or twice I have even heard some snoring so yes, massage will help you sleep.

Insomnia/lack of sleep can lead to physical, mental and emotional health conditions – but why do we loose sleep in the first place?

Aches and pains – I sometimes hear that pain is keeping my clients awake at night and this can be due to a stiff neck or lower back pain. A massage can help to relieve this by relaxing muscles, encouraging blood flow to the muscles and calming the nerves.

Stress and anxiety

Do you have problems switching your mind off with lots of problems/things to do swirling around inside your head? You are not alone. When you are under stress, the stress hormone cortisol is released and this stimulates the nervous system in an attempt to prepare us for action. Great when we are faced with a challenge and need to be alert but not so great if you are trying to get some sleep. Massage helps to decrease cortisol levels and increase the feel-good hormone serotonin thus taking you from “fight-or-flight” to “rest-and-digest”. So, hormones in balance, relaxed mind = sleep!


Many menopausal women have difficulty sleeping and this is no surprise – night sweats, hot flushes, anxiety is enough to keep anyone awake. Regular massage sessions can help women who are suffering from insomnia due to the menopause.

Massage relaxes your body and mind during a session and for hours after, setting you up for a good night’s sleep…. whether you just want to catch up on your beauty sleep or are suffering from insomnia.