T.R.I. Studies
According to published studies by the Touch Research Institute (Miami), massage therapy clearly reduces various types of stress. Among children who survived Hurricane Andrew (1992), massage therapy decreased levels of anxiety, depression, and the stress hormone cortisol. Preschool children who received massage fell asleep sooner, exhibited more restful naptime periods, had decreased (hyper)-activity levels and better behavioral ratings. -  from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Massage (1998)

Also according to the TRI, nurses and doctors treated to massage therapy showed significantly reduced levels of anxiety, depression and fatigue. In addition, they showed increased energy levels. Massage therapy has also been demonstrated to decrease diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol in adults suffering from hypertension. After 10 days of regular massage, recipients reported less emotional stress, depression, insomnia, pain, and fatigue. (same source)

He keeps going...

Massage is one of the best ways to get hyperactive children to sleep. From "The KISS Guide to Massage" (2001) by Clare Maxwell-Hudson: In a study conducted at Miami's Touch Research Institute, babies were either rocked or massaged. The rocked babies subsequently woke up when they were put down to sleep. However the massaged babies, who were alert during the massage, fell asleep quickly and soundly when they were put into their cribs.

Sounder sleep

Approaches in practice
In general we will apply a downbeat, highly rhythmic, soporific
massage, the antithesis of a pump-me-up, pre-event sports massage. We want to settle the system down. The word comes from the Latin sopor, or 'deep sleep'. The following techniques are presented
sequentially within the logical sequence of a standard massage:

Midway between the inner ankle and the achilles is an often-mentioned spot called Bigger Stream / a.k.a. Gate Creek (Kidney 3). In addition to strengthening the immune system, it helps relieve fatigue. - from Acupressure's Potent Points, (1990) by Michael Reed Gach. The traditional name for this spot is Taixi (taxi?), and it appears to help dampen the embers of nervous anxiety.
Taxi!

Let's head to the other side of the foot. The point known as Bladder 62 (in the first indentation directly below the outer anklebone), is known as Calm Sleep and can help ease insomnia. 
- from "Whole Body Massage" (2004), by Nitya Lacroix, et al.

The traditional name for this spot is Shenmai, or "extending vessel." Like Bigger Stream, it is said to calm down nervousness, and it's associated with relief from insomnia. It's considered a regulator of ki, monitoring excessive fluctuation of yin vs. yang, much like a regulator you can buy at a plumbing supply store.

Regulator spot

It is said that Asian practitioners have been aware of this "regulator" point for over
a thousand years.
Big toe / our meal ticket

Let's add a crucial step courtesy of Melva Martin, a reflexology instructor from New Zealand: we're going to stroke the lateral side of the big toe (mostly along its neck, on the side near toe 2, the 'index toe').
According to Martin, this can help put an anxious person to sleep (possibly through its connection to pituitary function). This one technique in itself might be our
meal ticket out of the insomnia ghetto. (We're possibly unblocking a 'jump-over point' of meridians that occurs at the toes, helping to rebalance excessive hormonal swing patterns.)
- from her video "
Reflexology", 1998
Martin, of New Zealand

Melva Martin

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