PRACTICE SELF LOVE
simple massage tips to unwind
- If you’re experiencing a headache from stress, try a pressure point located in the triangle of flesh between the thumb and forefinger. Use your opposite thumb and forefinger to squeeze this point applying firm pressure for about 10 – 20 seconds. Repeat on the opposite hand. Do this several times until you feel your headache pain lessen.
- Other headache relieving points lie at the back of the head, on either side of your spine, just below the rounded bones at the base of your skull. Apply pressure here with your thumbs or forefingers for the same slow count of ten. Do this several times.
- Earlobes also have pressure points that can relieve headache pain and have a calming effect on the body. You can grab both of your earlobes between your thumb and forefinger and squeeze while pulling down firmly, but not to the point of causing pain. Do this for 20 seconds at a time until you feel calmer. Deep, slow breathing in and out through the nose, while expanding the belly, not the chest, can enhance relaxation during any of these exercises as well.
- Many of us store tension in our neck and shoulders; this can be intensified when we’re typing on a computer for a long period of time. Try shrugging your shoulders as high as you can up towards your ears and holding for 5 seconds. Then drop the shoulders as low as possible and hold that for another 5 seconds. Repeat this several times, then follow with slow shoulder circles in both directions. This will increase blood flow to the area, and allow your muscles to relax.
- To stretch the sides of your neck, a common tension center, you can slowly drop your head to one side, gently reaching with the opposite hand to slightly pull the head over and intensify the stretch. Do this gently and hold for a slow count of 10. Repeat to the other side. Do this several times until your neck feels loose.
- Stress can play a large role in the quality of your sleep, as the 2009 APA study indicated. If you have trouble falling asleep, try using a tennis ball to signal the nervous system to relax and help stretch tense muscles. While lying face up in bed without a pillow, place a tennis ball behind your head, in the crook of your neck and lie back for 10 – 15 minutes before going to sleep. You should reach a deeper sleep faster after doing this.
- The feet contain many nerve endings that refer to different parts of the body. You can enjoy a relaxing foot massage while at your desk. Remove your shoes and place a golf ball on the ground. Roll your foot along the golf ball while applying pressure. This helps release the tension in the muscles and tendons of the feet, and hits pressure points that can induce relaxation. Repeat for about 5 minutes to help relieve tension and relax your body.
These simple tips are a great place to start to create a feeling of relaxation and well-being. And yes it’s true — a professional massage can offer deeper relaxation and more health benefits. Check out our featured treatment, the Full Lotus for a deeply theraputic session that will leave you de-stressed and uplifted.
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