Simply put, massage therapy naturally invokes not only longer sleep but better sleep for people of all ages.
The stresses of short term and long-term concerns manifest as tension in various muscle groups. Stress and tension are painful, and this pain will drain energy causing fatigue. Stress, tension, pain, and fatigue create a vicious cycle that prohibits rest and relaxation.
Just because your body is at rest does not mean that it is resting. The stress cycle continues even if you are lying quietly in a dark room. Massage therapy improves sleep by alleviating each of these issues. It encourages the production of chemicals called endorphins, which dull pain. Massaging also coaxes the release of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which promotes feelings of peace and calm.
Serotonin and endorphins combine to relieve stress, which leads to the removal of muscle tension. Once massage therapy eliminates the stress, tension, and pain, the body can rest and resolve the issue of fatigue. Regular massages can keep the stress cycle broken and allow you to rest when you sleep.
The production of serotonin persuades the body to sleep, but it is melatonin that next picks up the slack in the sleep cycle. Melatonin is a neurotransmitter that is very influential in maintaining a person's ability to stay asleep once the body can relax.
Documented research and studies hesitate to draw definitive connections between massage therapy and healthy sleep because it is the nature of scientific research to take its time to draw irrevocable conclusions. Bearing that in mind, these researchers and a significant number of doctors do have enough confidence in massage therapy to recommend it as an excellent way to improve sleep. It is a preferred sleep aid that offers clients relief that lasts longer than medication, has no side effects, and has consistently positive results.