Let’s all be a little honest here, we all complain about being tired, stiff and sore when we wake up, during the day and before going to bed. Yet we actually do very little to improve it…
If what you’re reading sounds true, then it could be due to your body growing tense and creating awkward knots in places such as your back and your neck.
Massaging yourself could immensely help diminish these issues by relaxing your muscles and helping you unwind.
So why not try attempting these massage techniques yourself?
What are the benefits of Body Massages?
- Reduces your Stress, Anxiety, and Depression levels.
- Relieves Pain and Stiffness in your body.
- Increases your body’s circulation.
- Improves your immune system.
- Helps to remove dead skin cells from your body.
- Improves your skin complexion.
Take a warm shower to relax your muscles and prepare them for a message.
Make sure to dry your body with a towel.
You will need some cold-pressed sesame oil, which should easily be available from most stores.
Make sure you pre-heat the oil before using it. (If the oil is kept in a little plastic container, put the container directly into the boiling water)
Other alternatives to sesame oil are olive oil or even desi ghee.
Use the flat part of your hand (the palm) to massage your body and NOT your fingers.
Motion / Strokes
Massage using circular motions, over the round areas of your body such as the joints and the heads.
Use straight strokes over the straight areas of the body such as your neck and your long bones.
Use a moderate amount of pressure.
Use a slight amount of pressure on your abdomen and your heart.
The oil ought to be left on your skin for around 20 minutes and on your scalp for no more than 60 minutes.
You should aim to perform this massage routine on yourself every once in a while!
- Starting with the head, pour a tiny amount of oil on your hands and rub it between your palms. Then massage it on to your scalp. Using your palm, massage your head using circular strokes. It is advisable to spend the most time massaging your head than the rest of your body.
- Move onto your Face and outer ears, applying a gentle amount of pressure.
- Then massage the Front and back of your neck and your upper spine
- Then massage your Arms, using more vigorous motions.
- For your shoulders and elbows use gentle circular motions back-and-forth. Use the same motions for massaging your upper forearms.
- Your Chest and stomach should also be massaged in gentle circular motions because they are the parts that are over your heart and your abdomen.
- Your Back and spine should be massaged at a pressure level you desire.
- Your Legs should be massaged more vigorously than your arms.
- Lastly the bottom of your feet.
Here’s a video that we found really helpful on ‘massaging yourself’, the video is by ‘Amazing Travel’ and you can follow their YouTube channel here.
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