There are so many benefits to getting a massage regularly, but not everyone can afford a professional massage, especially here in Europe. (When I’m back in Asia I always make sure to get a massage at least once a week just because they are cheap there)
Some of the Benefits are
So I’ve made a little list of simple self-massages. These are massages using just your your hands, though they are many more you can do with props such as a tennis ball or foam roller.
- First warm up the facial lymph. Place your hands on each cheekbone, above the ears. Put some slight pressure and slide downward to your collarbone. Repeat this motion 3 times.
- Place 3 fingers from each hand and place them in the center of the forehead. Apply pressure and push outwards from your forehead going down to your temple – passing the lymph line and downward to your collarbone. Slowly repeat this 3 times
- Start by placing your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears, and use your fingertips to gently apply pressure and rub the temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear).
- Using very firm pressure and a tiny circular motion, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, massaging your entire forehead and scalp as you inch along.
Neck and shoulders
- Slowly tilt your head forward and backwards 2-3times
- Sit on your left hand palm facing down. Place your right hand on you head to extend the stretch. Look both up and down slowly, feeling the stretch. Then face at a 45 degree angle and look down. Apply slight pressure with your free hand. Repeat on the other side
- Shoulder rolls 5 or more times, moving both forward and backwards
- While standing up, place your hands on your waist, fingers toward and thumbs on your back.
- Apply pressure with your thumbs to the muscles at each side of the spine (not on the spine itself)
- While still applying pressure, move your thumb in small motions – up, down and in a tiny circle. Spend extra time at tender points while making sure you are in no pain.
- Gradually bit by bit, move upwards as far as your hands can reach. Then slowly move back down until you reach the boney surface of the sacrum.
- Stretch your hand out. Start by taking your other thumb and rubbing in a circular motion at your wrist. You can also give a bit of traction (slight pulling of the wrist from the joint). Continue with circular motions up your forearm. You can also start rubbing with your 4 fingers once you reach your elbow.
- Take 1 finger at a time and pull gently outwards. Starting from your pinky – slowly bend your finger directly backwards and continue throughout all your fingers.
- Do these on both hands.
- Place your right foot on top of your left thigh, sole looking up. With one hand on the sole and the other on your foot, rub your hands back and forth warming up the foot.
- With one hand gently stretch your toes back while with the other hand softly hit the sole of your foot. You may use a loose fist or open palm to do this.
- Then Wrap both hands around your foot, thumbs on the sole. Press your thumbs into the sole and sweep upwards towards the sides of the toes creating a fan shape.
- Next knead in circular movements with your thumbs across the whole sole.
- Complete with long strokes over the entire foot and repeat on other foot.
We all know different essential oils have different benefits.
Combine your massage with oils to really pamper yourself and to reap the benefits not only physically but emotionally.
- Lavender can not only relax the mind but can also sooth the skin
- German Chamomile and Frankincense are both super anti-inflammatory.
- Mandarin is used for anxiety and insomnia
- Ginger and other spice oils, when used cautiously in blends can help increase circulation and are good for muscle stiffness.
- Geranium is great for women, often helping with menstrual issues, including menopause.
Do you guys ever give yourselves a little self-massage? Or do you go to a spa? I want to hear all about it!