Alternative Systems of Healing for Insomnia

There are many healing traditions that offer therapies specifically for insomnia and sleep issues.  Ask your doctor for a recommended practitioner or talk to friends and family for recommendations.


Ayurveda is a comprehensive system of healing that comes from India.  In Ayurveda, diet, movement, herbal supplements, spa treatments and body cleansing practices are all used to address any concern.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a method of light touch that involves holding the head and neck and making gentle adjustment to the small joints in the head.  Adjustments may also be made to the spine.  It can be very relaxing and is used to treat many different health concerns.  Some massage therapists and occupational therapists are trained in craniosacral therapy.  Follow the links below to learn more about this therapy.

Understanding Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy for Sleep


Who doesn’t need a good massage.  Massage can help to release muscle tension which can interfere with sleep and cause feelings of anxiety.  It can also induce a feeling of calm and relaxation which makes sleep easier.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release Therapy is a form of healing touch that uses gentle and sustained pressure to release tightness in the connective tissue of the body.  This type of treatment is done without creams or oils common in a typical massage.  It is particularly useful in reducing pain and increasing mobility.  Reduced pain and increased ability to engaging in physical activity are likely to improve sleep.  Follow the link below to learn more about Myofascial Release.

Understanding Myofascial Release Therapy

Finding a Myofascial Release Therapist

Thai Massage

Thai Massage or Thai Yoga Massage is a form of healing touch in which the recipient wears loose and comfortable clothing.  The massage therapist does not use the oils and lotions common in a typical massage.  Instead of rubbing muscles, the therapist uses compression, gentle pulling and stretches, rocking and supports.  The massage is typically done on a mat on the floor.  As with all massage, this therapy can help induce a state of relaxation and relieve pain and anxiety that disturbs sleep.  Follow the link below to learn more about this therapy.

Understanding Thai Massage

Traditional Chinese Medicine

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) “originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems.”  This form of healing is very holistic and may see sleep as a symptom of deeper concerns in energy flow throughout the body.  Follow the links below to learn more about this therapy.

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine