I’ve been going to the same beautician for over 12 years now, for she’s not only excellent at what she does, but she’s also a joy to talk to. One thing that I have always noticed and admired is the amazing skin tone, elasticity and softness of her face and body. She’s well in to her 60s and is clearly someone that is ageing beautifully, naturally and gracefully. My last visit I couldn’t help but ask what her secret was.
The answer…Self Massage.
Every morning whilst she’s in the shower she gives her entire body a mini self-massage. Gently kneading, pummeling and stroking her skin to help promote circulation, detoxification and also as a little “wake-me-up”. It makes sense. Massage has so many benefits, and when practiced everyday these benefits become prevalent.
When you practice self-massage you will be helping to:
~ Improve circulation of blood
~ Increase immunity
~ Promote toxin release
~ Promote lymphatic circulation
~ Increases muscle tone
~ Increases strength of the skin
~ Give skin a soft supple glow
~ The power of touch can also help to relieve tension headaches, stress, aches and pains.
Tips for Self-Massage
~ Be gentle. Pressing hard is not always necessary
~ Learn trigger points. For example, shoulder muscles are a common trigger point for tension headaches
~ Alternate your self-massage technique between pressure points, strokes, pummeling and kneading
~ Do a little every day
Try a Morning Self-Massage Ritual
Start at your ankles and gently knead all the way up your legs. Follow with gentle strokes from your ankles to your bottom. Knead and pummel your hips and bottom. Knead all over your waist and gently stroke your tummy in circular motion. Gently knead your breasts. Starting at your wrists, gently knead all the way up your arms, onto your shoulders and around the back of your neck. Very gently “pitter patter” your finger tips all over your face and head, making a conscious effort to avoid your delicate eye area.
As you are practicing this self-massage be grateful for every part of your body and practice “positive self talk” by thanking your body for all that it is and for all that it has the potential to be.
Try Self-Massage all through the Day.
Self-massage can also be a wonderful break during the work-day. Take 5 to 10 minutes each afternoon to self-massage your shoulders and arms and help to release the day’s stress and tension. Or if you’re sitting at the traffic lights or are in peak hour traffic on the way to or from work, turn the mundane task in to a relaxing self-massage session. (remembering to keep a responsible eye on the traffic of course).
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