Not just the preserve of the day spa, massages are increasingly being touted as an aid to ease anxiety, headaches and digestive disorders, as well as regular aches and pains. And for insomniacs especially, it’s an easy and very pleasant way to settle down to sleep.
It’s not a surprising finding – after all, baby massage is one technique parents turn to when it comes to getting little ones to sleep.
Numerous studies have found that regular massage sessions can improve sleep in all ages, as well as those with psychiatric disorders and cancer patients. And research suggests a three-minute massage is all the time our body needs before it can start producing feelings of calm.
Here’s how you can try it at home: