In these unusual times, managing our stress levels and accommodating the new normal is very important, and massage is a great way to relieve tension. While you are not able to have the very best in massages at the moment from the expert team at Cecily Day Spa in Berkhamsted if you have someone in your home who is willing, then a massage might just make you feel relaxed and ready to face the world.
Massage has a long history of being used to relax and rehabilitate both the body and mind and while a at home massage may not quite replicate the relaxing Cecily massage rooms, an at home massage will help you relieve stress and tension.
Light some scented candles, pick your favourite essential oils and try some of these stress busting massage techniques in your own home.
Home Massage Techniques
Acupressure – Acupressure works in such a way that the kneading, stroking motion triggers specific points in the body to relax. As the tightened muscles loosen up, stress in the body and in the mind is greatly reduced.
Aromatherapy – What’s more relaxing than the smell of scented oils or lotions as your knotted muscles are being massaged. This is what aromatherapy is all about. Different scented oils are used for relaxation, while the techniques used in the massage itself range from Swedish to Shiatsu, or Thai to acupressure.
Head and Shoulder Massage – If you don’t have time (or can’t convince your household to try) for a full body massage, ease away your stress by having a head and shoulder massage. Most of the stress from your daily life is placed on the upper part of the body, particularly the head, shoulder, and neck areas.
Hot Stone Massage – This massage technique involves the use of smooth, hot stones which are placed lightly over the skin. The heat from the stone helps ease the tension from knotted muscles which result from stress. Perhaps a little difficult to do at home if you don’t have the equipment but anything warm and smooth could work.
Swedish Massage – Perhaps the most popular stress relief massage technique is Swedish massage. For this, different stroking motions are used to induce relaxation. Stress is the culprit behind those knots in your muscles. As the knots in the muscles become loose, you will feel utter relaxation and experience stress melting away from your body.
The key to a successful at home massage is to be gentle and work slowly and methodically over the body for a full relaxation feeling. There is no real replacement for a skilled massage therapist but regular at home massages will ease some of the stress everyone is experiencing in these difficult times. Taking time for yourself more important now more than ever and slotting in massages as part of a regular routine in your household will do wonders for both your body and your mind.