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Falling Asleep During Your Massage

In honor of Festival of Sleep Day, 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!



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Massage Sleep is Deep Relaxation


First things first, it’s okay to fall asleep during your massage! It's your body’s way of getting into a deep relaxation, and a sign that you are due for some extra self-care time. Oftentimes 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 your massage means you feel 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 are falling 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."

And 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, schedule your next massage to fall asleep to!


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