Self-Massage Techniques To De-Stress Yourself
It would be impossible to run away from stress. Just like our daily work and responsibilities, stress is a part of life.
There are several ways to de-stress yourself.
You can do yoga, go for a long walk, go to the gym or get a massage.
There is no instrument more precise than a human hand and no one knows your body better than you.
So beat stress by learning a few easy self-massage techniques to de-stress yourself.
All it takes is 15 minutes to discover the power of your healing hands.
Place both hands on your scalp and use mainly your fingertips. Close your eyes and start at the base of the neck by moving slowly upwards using small circular movements with all 10 fingers at the same time.
Try not to massage the hair but press firmly into the skin so it moves with the movement.
Cover the entire skull and behind the ears. With the thumbs put firm rotating pressure at the base of the skull where there is a little indentation.
Massage for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Fill a basin with warm water and submerge your feet in it for a few minutes.
Wipe them dry and put on a little lotion or oil.
Put one foot on the opposite knee. Start from the sole.
Apply gentle pressure towards the toes and to the sides of your ankle.
Start massaging your toes. Extend each toe and twist it slowly.
Form a fist with your hand and press your knuckles into the sole.
With both hands, self-massage your foot and ankle from the toes to your knee.
Repeat on the other foot.
Shoulder and neck self-massage:
Rotate your shoulders slowly in circular movements.
Then move your shoulders back and forth and up and down.
Place one hand on the opposite shoulder and massage softly with some massage oil.
Start at the neck and move all the way to the upper arm.
Use kneading and friction movements.
Repeat on the other side.
Rotate your head in circular movements. Bend your head slightly to one side and massage the neck with your fingertips and palm all the way up to the base of the skull.
Apply firm, slow and small rotation movements.
Try to find the sensitive spots and increase pressure slowly for several minutes.
Repeat on the other side.
Warm up your hands by making several alternating fists and stretch movements.
Apply some lotion and make ‘washing’ movements.
Start massaging your palms with soft pressure in a circular motion.
Then move on to the fingers. Twist each finger slowly and gently.
Press the fingertips and the nails firmly.
Massage between the knuckles and move towards the wrist.
Massage from your wrist up to your elbows.
Repeat on the other hand.