If you are aching for a massage but cannot afford the time or expense right now, you can still get at least part of the benefits by trying some of the techniques on yourself. Self massage is a great way to relax and get rid of excess tension in your body and mind. Self massage can also have the opposite effect and be a great way to re-energize before work or during lunch break. If you have never tried self massage before, here are some simple techniques that you can start using right away.
You have probably tried self massage before without even knowing it. Every time you knead your shoulders or your neck to ease tension, or every time you rub your feet after a long day of walking or standing, you are practicing self massage. You can take this a step further by using foot cream when working on your feet or light stretches when working on your shoulders. Lavender oil is great for stress and can be used on any part of the body except the face. Use other items to take the self massage a step further. A tennis ball can be used to massage the sole of your feet, for example, or you can use the eraser end of a pencil to apply pressure on certain points in your hands or feet.
You can also use self massage on your legs, your face, and even your own hands. To try it, make sure you alternate a variety of movements, including rubbing, kneading, and applying and holding pressure on certain points. For example, to self massage your feet, start by applying pressure with your thumbs, then switch to a fist, and end by pulling on your toes and rotating them slightly.
Get into the habit of using self massage to help your muscles recuperate faster after a tough workout; or use it to facilitate digestion by rubbing softly on your stomach. Self massage can also help with stress-induced headaches, clogged sinuses, jaw pain, and tired eyes. Self massage takes only a few minutes and it can be done anytime, anywhere.