Self Massage Techniques
Massages can do wonders for our well-being, yet time and expense can get in the way of regular massages. Self-massage, on the other hand, is something that we can do ourselves every day to create and maintain feelings of well-being and self-care. Give yourself a self-massage using the techniques below as often as possible, with or without oil.
I like to incorporate a self-massage before and after my shower in the morning.
Pre-shower, which is usually a few minutes after waking. I slowly and gently bend forward (as far as my body allows). Using long strokes, I massage the top of my feet, past the ankles and up my legs while gently coming up to standing. Next, I massage my wrists up to my shoulders and neck, and then I have a warm shower. This helps my body and mind wake up ready for the day.
Post shower, I dry and apply a small amount of Nourish blend of SELF Body Oil. I massage it starting at my feet, up the legs, on my knees and thighs, arms, elbows and hands, and belly. A little bit of oil goes a long way. I wait a couple of minutes to allow the oil to absorb into my skin and then get dressed. Voilà!
- Use long strokes on the arms and legs and circular strokes on the elbows and knees. Then, massage towards the direction of your heart.
- When massaging the abdomen, follow the path of the large intestine, moving up on the right side of the stomach, then across, then down on the left side, using gentle broad, clockwise, circular motions.
- Massage your hands and feet in small circular motions.
- Massage your face using circular motions on your forehead, temples, cheeks, and jaws, moving in an upward movement. Massage your ears for a feeling of bliss.
Self-massage is a simple act of self-care that can be easily adopted into your daily routines; it takes a few minutes, and your body can feel energised, nourished, and stimulated. Do this along with other acts of self-care and other programs and plans that you may be following from health professionals.
Massage techniques info sourced from ‘The Benefits of Ayurveda Self-Massage Abhyanga‘ chopra.com.