Massage is an age-old healing art, which can alleviate physical, mental and emotional problems, via the holistic application of physical touch to affect the systems of the body, ie. the muscular, skeletal, digestive, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems.
Today there are a variety of massage techniques to suit your personal preference, including Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Lomi Lomi to name just a few. Massage has so many benefits, and when practiced everyday these benefits become prevalent. Whilst it may not be practical or financially viable for you to head to a massage spa every day, it is certainly do-able to give yourself a mini self-massage in the shower. By gently kneading, pummeling and stroking your skin each morning will help promote circulation, detoxification and also act as a little “wake-me-up”.
When you practice self-massage you will be helping to:
~ Improve circulation of blood
~ Increase immunity
~ Promote toxin release
~ Promote lymphatic circulation
~ Increases muscle tone
~ Increases strength of the skin
~ Give skin a soft supple glow
~ The power of touch can also help to relieve tension headaches, stress, aches and pains.
Tips for Self-Massage
~ Be gentle. Pressing hard is not always necessary
~ Learn trigger points. For example, shoulder muscles are a common trigger point for tension headaches
~ Alternate your self-massage technique between pressure points, strokes, pummeling and kneading
~ Do a little every day
Try a Morning Self-Massage Ritual
Start at your ankles and gently knead all the way up your legs. Follow with gentle strokes from your ankles to your bottom. Knead and pummel your hips and bottom. Knead all over your waist and gently stroke your tummy in circular motion. Gently knead your breasts. Starting at your wrists, gently knead all the way up your arms, onto your shoulders and around the back of your neck. Very gently “pitter patter” your finger tips all over your face and head, making a conscious effort to avoid your delicate eye area. As you are practicing this self-massage be grateful for every part of your body and practice “positive self talk” by thanking your body for all that it is and for all that it has the potential to be.
Integrating massage in to your life can help to bring about a more happy, healthy and naturally beautiful you.