Written By Brooke Chaplan / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Massages are one of the most effective ways to soothe stress and ease the pain of tension in your body. While a professional massage is great, this isn’t always an option when you are on a tight schedule.
Giving yourself a massage is a form of self-care that can take as little as a few minutes to provide big benefits. You can easily perform a relaxing self-massage at home with these tips that leave your body feeling blissful.
Start with a Warm Bath before a massage
A warm bath is an excellent prelude to a massage because the heat from the water helps to loosen up the tense muscles that you’ll be working on. You can also use the bath to help set the mood for relaxation.
Dim the lights, use a lightly scented bath oil and spend a few minutes letting your troubles float away. If you don’t have time for a bath, then try placing a wet, warm washcloth over the area that you plan to massage. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then proceed with the rub down.
Use a Natural Pain Relief Cream for a refreshing massage
Many parts of your body accumulate stress that contributes to discomfort. Because of this, you should look into pain relief or topical creams that will help your muscles loosen. A hemp topical relief cream with menthol uses natural ingredients and feels soothing on your skin.
The movements that you use during your massage help to work the cream deeper into your skin. This can potentially increase the pain-relieving benefits that you feel from your massage.
Try Using Simple Tools for a refreshing massage
Using your hands is only one way to give yourself a massage. You can also use many things that you find around your house to help hit parts of your body that might be challenging to reach.
For instance, you roll your feet across the top of a tennis ball to massage the soles. Foam rollers are another option that can help you get a deeper massage on your lower back and legs.
Choose the Right Type of Touch for a refreshing massage
Massages incorporate different types of touches to generate specific results. For instance, you can press firmly on a trigger point for a few seconds to encourage the nerves and muscles to relax.
You can also choose to use gentle circular motions with your fingertips to smooth out kinks in your muscles. Experiment with different types of touch until you find the right one that works for your body.
Self-massages come with the benefit of you knowing exactly which parts of your body to target. Remember that you can choose to focus on only one part of your body at a time, or you can massage several parts at once.
Whether your pain lies in your feet or your wrists, gently manipulating your skin and the underlying tissues helps work the tension out so that you feel less pain.
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Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.