Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (March 1, 2011): With National Sleep Awareness Week coming up March 7-13, 2011, now is the perfect time to really examine personal sleeping habits. While most people do not give sleep much thought, it is very important that one get enough quality, restorative sleep. Besides affecting things like mood and productivity, a lack of quality sleep is associated with major health concerns. More and more studies have shown the relationship between the quantity and quality of sleep and health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and depression.

Getting enough good sleep should be a priority in everyone’s life. Fortunately, there is something easy and enjoyable that can help improve sleep: massage. Ongoing massage therapy has been shown to promote quality, restful sleep by managing two common causes of sleep issues: stress and pain.

Physically, massage relieves stress by easing muscle tightness and increasing circulation throughout the body. Massage also works on a biochemical level by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol and by promoting the release of endorphins.

Additionally, daily stressors often resurface during nighttime hours and interrupt or prevent sleep. Clients receiving ongoing massage therapy from Massage Envy report a sense of mental clarity and an increased ability to turn off these stressors and achieve optimal rest and relaxation.

Massage gets to the root of pain by relaxing tight muscles and addressing trigger points to put a stop to the pain cycle. Massage also increases blood flow to the affected muscles, which brings in healing oxygen and nutrients, and helps remove the waste products of cellular metabolism. All of this activity reduces swelling and stiffness and increases flexibility to help eliminate pain.

These results of massage combine to induce a calm, relaxed state that is more conducive to achieving quality, restorative sleep. Experience all of these benefits and more at Massage Envy.

As the leading massage provider in the U.S., Massage Envy believes that everybody deserves a good night’s sleep. That’s why they offer affordable massage therapy sessions with flexible appointment times seven days per week to fit even the busiest schedules. And, with 27 locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, massage has never been more convenient.

At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $49. Memberships are available for $59 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members can enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate.

Log on to www.massageenvy.com to find the nearest Massage Envy center. All centers are open seven days a week.

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