Do you have difficulty falling asleep, and / or staying asleep? Perhaps you have insomnia. 30% of American adults have occasional bouts of insomnia, and 10% have chronic insomnia (lasting more than 6 months). Incomplete sleep causes concentration problems, irritability and potential health risks. A healthcare professional or sleep expert should be consulted for thorough diagnosis, however, massage therapy can also help with reducing stress levels and increasing serotonin levels.
A study on back pain, published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrated that in addition to a decrease in long-term pain, subjects receiving massage experienced improved sleep and an increase in serotonin levels. Results were based on twice-weekly, 30-minute massages for 5 weeks.