Massage Therapy For Insomnia

Over one third of people experience insomnia from time to time, but only around five per cent need treatment for the condition. Transient or short term insomnia is typically caused by stressful episodes, jet lag, change in sleeping environments, some acute medical illnesses and stimulant medications. Normal sleeping habits return once the acute event is over. If a person has experienced sleeping difficulties for a month or more, this is called persistent or chronic insomnia. There are many causes of persistent insomnia. They can be divided broadly into:

Secondary Insomnia - due to a range of medical and psychiatric problems and the chronic use of drugs and alcohol.

Primary Sleep Disorders - include circadian rhythm disorders, central sleep apnoea-insomnia syndrome, inadequate sleep syndromes and periodic limb movement or restless legs syndromes.

Idiopathic Insomnia - sleeplessness without a known cause, formerly called childhood onset insomnia.

Step Tian Zhu Point

Back of the neck, the crater for the intersection Point of the two big sinews and hairline. Wrap up head with the hands from the back and massage the point by thumb.

Step Jiu Wei Point

In the epigastric region, on the anterior midline, 1 finger's breadth inferior to the xiphoid process and 7 finger's breadth superior to the umbilicus. Press to the lower rib and massage the point for 1-3 minutes.

Step Guan Yuan Point

In the pubic region, on the anterior midline, 2 finger's breadth superior to the upper border of the symphysis pubis.

Step Ge Shu Point

On the middle back, 1.5 finger's breadth lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the seventh thoracic vertebra. Press the back and massage the point by thumb for 1-3 minutes.

Step Shen Shu Point

On the lower back, 1. 5 finger's breadth lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the second lumbar vertebra.