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Falling Asleep During Your Massage

Updated: Feb 14

In honor of Festival of Sleep Day this January 3rd, we are giving you the low down on falling asleep during your massage. Why it happens, how to deal with it, and what it means for your massage therapist. Trust us, the massage experts at Eastside Massage have the answers!



Massage Sleep is Deep Relaxation


First things first, it’s ok to fall asleep during your massage! It's your body’s way of getting into a deep relaxation, and a sign that you were due for some extra self-care time. Often times as we are going about our daily lives we feel we must remain alert and vigilant, especially living in a big city. Falling asleep during you massage means you felt comfortable enough to let your guard down and trust in the skilled hands of your massage therapist. Initially, it may feel difficult to quiet your thoughts and unwind, but when you do, it is an indication of a very successful session.


If you are mid-massage and you realize you have fallen asleep, that's great! No need to wake yourself up. Eastside Massage founder Robin Ehrlich says, “This is a very restorative and rejuvenating type of sleep. It’s a restorative nap for your nervous system, and very healing." Plus, you are still receiving all of the benefits of massage while dozing off.


“This is a very restorative and rejuvenating type of sleep. It’s a restorative nap for your nervous system, and very healing."

Lastly, don't stress about offending your massage therapist. They take pride in their ability to relax their clients. In fact, a sleeping client is a sign that they are doing a great job at helping you unwind! Your massage therapist will take your snoozing as a compliment.


Now that you know all about getting those zzz’s during a massage, enjoy Festival of Sleep Day and schedule your next massage to fall asleep to!


If you have any massage related questions you would like to tackle send us an email at emmaeastside@gmail.com, and you may be featured in our next blog post!


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