How Shiatsu can help you sleep better

Why is sleep important?

Do you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow – and then wake feeling refreshed, having slept for as long as you want? Would you like to? Or are you amongst the third of people in the UK who have episodes of insomnia?

Insomnia, having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, can affect anyone. But it is more common in women and more likely to occur as we get older. Your lifestyle, environment and diet all play a part in influencing the amount of sleep you need.

Sleep deprivation lowers you pain threshold. It also affects your health, giving an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or traffic accidents.

Shiatsu can play a positive role in managing insomnia, improving the quality of your sleep and addressing the reasons behind it.

How can shiatsu help us sleep better?

Insomnia may be linked to pain and tension caused by excessive periods working on-screen or driving. Using touch, Shiatsu can help release tension in your shoulders and neck. Working in partnership can allow you to access the causes of tension and contact your potential for self-healing.

Shiatsu can also focus on your needs and where you want to go with your life. It can offer dietary or lifestyle advice, or give some simple massage techniques that can be carried out at home to help relax your mind and body before going to sleep.

How has Shiatsu helped improve some individuals’ sleep patterns?

During her pregnancy, Emma received treatments from Sarah:

“I was having problems with various aches and pains and with insomnia, and both the Shiatsu and the advice that Sarah gave me really helped.”  Sarah Oldfield MRSS, Yorkshire

The text in this article was published in a leaflet ‘Shiatsu and Sleep’, produced by the Shiatsu Society – visit