Self-massage is a simple, convenient way to enjoy the benefits of massage therapy and it can be done in the comfort of your own home. It has many physical and mental benefits, including helping with any discomfort and relaxation.
During a self-massage, you use your hands to manipulate your own muscles. This involves kneading the skin and applying pressure in certain spots. Like massage in general, self-massage may help ease: stress, anxiety, headaches, muscle strain, muscle tension and much more. You’re in control of the amount of pressure to exert and can stop it at any time.
There are different types of self-massage, some using just your own hands and others, using some kind of massage tool. Some forms of self-massage include Abhyanga from the Ayurvedic tradition, acupressure and trigger point.
The Ayurveda technique…
In the Ayurvedic tradition, self-massage with oil is a way to help keep yourself in optimal health and balance via the skin. Since skin is the body’s largest organ, Ayurveda recognizes it as a vehicle to reach our internal organs.1 The skin acts as a protective shield as well as a gateway to nourishing the body through its pores.
Self-massage also helps increase circulation and enhances the body’s ability to detox.2 The body tends to relax during massage and thereby helps reduce anxiety and improve sleep.3
Acupressure and trigger point massage work on the premise that certain spots throughout the body can be unlocked to release trapped energy or nerves.
– Acupressure… This technique works to release the “chi” (vital energy as defined by Merriam Webster) or more widely understood as “breath” and “air” that is necessary for the clear flow of blood and therefore circulation. With acupressure, simply press on the pressure points directly and hold for a while (10 –100 seconds).
– Trigger point massage focuses on releasing trigger points, which are small, tight knots that develop in muscles that may even cause discomfort in other areas of the body. It helps to release the tightest areas of your body (often the neck and lower back), helping to improve range of motion, posture and alignment.The technique is similar to acupressure orsmall kneading strokes can be applied, either in a circular motion or back and forth.4
The goal of self-massage with acupressure or trigger points is to achieve a “release.” Release mostly refers to an easing of sensitivity of the pressure/trigger point and/or a softening of the tissue texture.
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7th September 2020