There are simple massage you can do it yourself. This is a
great "pick-me-up" after a hard day of work. You can also get benefits of
massage by immersing yourself in a Jacuzzi with the water doing the massaging.
Many massage and wellness centers offer workshops on
massages and partner massages. It may be worthwhile going for a workshop to get some
familiarity with this technique.
For the exercises given below you dont need anything
other than a few tennis balls, a quiet corner and your own two hands.
Pressure points in your skull can relax your whole body.
There are two very significant acupressure points at the base of the skull on what's
called the occipital ridge. If you apply consistent pressure there, you can achieve total
How do you find these points and apply pressure on those
spots? There is a simple solution. Put two tennis balls in a sock and tie the end. Lie on
your back on the floor and place the sock behind the upper neck, so that the two balls
each touch the skull ridge that's right above the hollow spot. Stay like that for 20
minutes. If you like, you can listen to soothing music. The pressure on those acupressure
points send messages down the spinal column to relax all the muscles and it is very
Just touch your face. There's no need to knead it. With a
very light touch, cup your cheeks and temples with your hands using no more pressure than
the weight of a nickel. Hold your hands there for a minute. The warmth of the hands
relaxes the muscles and connective tissue, bringing on an overall sense of relief.
Pull the sides of your ears gently straight outward, then
straight up, then straight down. Or, with your index finger, press the tender spot next to
your earlobe where it attaches to your head. Press and release. Now do it on the other
ear. Repeat, alternating ears, 10 to 15 times.
Get a quick boost by rubbing the area above your kidneys.
That's at waist level where the tissue is still soft. Rub briskly with your fists in a
circular motion. This energizes the whole body.
Foot massage is very soothing. After you try the following
techniques on one foot, switch feet and repeat.
- Sit on a chair and place one foot on the opposite thigh. Rub
some massage oil or lotion onto your foot if you like. Apply pressure with your thumbs to
the sole of your foot, working from the bottom of your arch to the top near your big toe.
Repeat five times.
- Make a fist and press your knuckles into the bottom of your
foot, moving from your heel to your toes. Repeat five times.
- Massage each toe by holding it firmly and moving it from
side to side. Extend each toe gently out and away from the ball of your foot. Then apply
pressure to the areas between your toes.
- Hold your toes in one hand and bend them backward holding
them there for five to ten seconds. Then bend them in the opposite direction and hold for
five to ten seconds. Repeat three times.
- Press and roll your thumbs between the bones of the ball of
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Also See: Massage for Pain Control
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