Massage and Sleep zzzzzz

“The potential to lead long lives in healthy bodies depends on the ability to recover from the shocks and insults the human body tolerates every day. “

The more I find out about having an holistic approach to health and well-being, the more interesting it becomes, and it makes a lot of sense to me. Our emotional health has an enormous impact on our bodies, of that I am convinced.

The following notes are from Moira Devine, who I have regular massages from, and who I have got to know and appreciate, and  I keep learning very interesting things  .….

Recovery requires:

  • Good nutrition
  • Adequate high quality sleep

During the deepest cycles of sleep immune systems are refreshed and rejuvenated. Somatrophin, the hormone that stimulates the action of the specialised cells (fibroblasts )for wound healing, is secreted primarily during deep sleep.

In absence of somatrophin – people have very limited ability to heal from any kind of injury.

Lack of sleep depletes immune system activity.

Stress and anxiety, or a traumatic event may begin the cycle of insomnia, but a pattern of sleeplessness can outlive the stress of the initial event. And so begins a vicious cycle. A person lies awake, stressed about not being asleep, which decreases the ability to sleep.

One of the finest gifts massage can offer is a good night’s sleep, brought about by the restoration of balance between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the para sympathetic (repairs and maintenance) nervous systems. For insomniac conditions brought about by pain, massage can serve the dual purpose of soothing the sympathetic reaction, while helping to set the stage for optimum healing of the injury.

Moira Devine BAgSci, DipHealthSci

Devine Health

p.s. After a massage it is important to drink lots of water and try not do any physical exercise to stay in that relaxed state as long as possible, to give your body every opportunity to recover.