A Guide to Self Massage
There is no denying that a good massage can do wonders for you. Massage can help to alleviate stress, improve blood flow, and help you feel rejuvenated. Unfortunately, booking a regular massage at a spa or treatment centre can get quite pricey. This does not mean that you have to do without this luxurious experience, however. You can benefit just as much from self massage. As long as you have mastered the right techniques to self massage, you will be able to indulge in this routine almost every day. Here are a few important guidelines to follow.
Keep the Pressure Comfortable
One of the most common complaints people have about massages is that some of them are just too painful. This is something that you should try to avoid, particularly if you are the one doing the kneading. While you should certainly apply adequate pressure to your tissues and muscles, you should not cause yourself any discomfort. After all, the entire purpose of the exercise is to feel better. It is always best to start off gentle, slowly increasing the amount of pressure that you are placing. You should maintain the pressure at a level that you can find tolerable but will also release tension from tightened muscles.
Add a Little Oil
If you really are looking to take your massage to the next level, it is best to add some massage oil to the equation. However, instead of just opting for regular lotion, why not try Australian essential oils? These are derived from numerous plant extracts and each have a corresponding purpose. For instance, peppermint oil is great for helping you feel refreshed and stimulated, if you are looking for a boost. There are other oils still that can help calm the mind and alleviate stress. You should remember to always dilute essential oils in some carrier oil before applying it to the skin.
Rub Your Problem Areas
Many massage therapists will often talk about trigger points and how it is important to massage these areas in particular. For the most part, this is quite good advice. Nonetheless, if you are kneading yourself, it can be a little trickier to hit the right spots. An easier way to make sure that you are getting the release that you are looking for is to massage areas that are causing you discomfort. This areas tend to be the neck, shoulders, back, and feet. Depending on the region that you are kneading, circular motions or back and forth strokes may feel more appropriate.
Choose the Right Time
As mentioned, people get messages for many reasons. Some do it to ease their tension while others are looking to feel refreshed. Depending on the type of massage and the oils that you are using, you can expect different results. Therefore, you should be careful about the time that you choose to self massage. For most individuals, the end of the day, close to bedtime may seem most appropriate. You should be careful, nonetheless, as this can cause you to feel energetic and throw your sleeping schedule into disarray. However, many have found that foot massages and other calming kneading techniques may actually aid sleep. It is important to find which time of day is right for you.
With these pointers, you will be able to give yourself a massage that will produce just the right effects for you.
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