Swedish massage can help improve sleep


One in five people experience excessive tiredness at any given time, while one in 10 have chronic fatigue (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2018)

Fatigue and depleted energy could be addressed with weekly Swedish and Thai massage, suggests a study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (MacSween et al, 2017).

Researchers from Teesside University and the University of Leeds invited 20 participants with fatigue and/or depleted energy to receive treatments with a massage therapist. The participants all agreed to commit to a six-week study and complete diary entries on how they felt after treatments in Swedish and Thai massage, administered by Susan Lorrimer, a member of the FHT.

The participants were split into two groups and half of them received three weekly 45-minute Swedish massage treatments. This was followed by three in Thai massage therapy from weeks four to six. The treatment order was reversed for the other 10 participants.

The results showed that both Swedish and Thai massage relieved symptoms of fatigue or depleted energy by reducing stress, promoting relaxation, relieving pain and improving energy.

However, Swedish massage was more effective than Thai in improving sleep, promoting relaxation and de-stressing. Thai massage was more energising, rejuvenating and motivating and had longer lasting benefits than Swedish.

Read the study abstract here


For full references, go to fht.org.uk/IT-references

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We hope you enjoyed this article, which was first published in the Spring 2018 issue of International Therapist!

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