The Art of Self Massage

In this primitive days, we knew all about self massage. Stopping no combs; we untangled our hair with our hands. We used "elbow grease" to clean our bodies before a cleaning agent was invented. Our feet were naturally massaged because of the earth, before we fashioned shoes. Somewhere through the age we lost "touch" with our own bodies, forgetting the main naturally pleasing art of Automassage pied.

Self massage therapies is self explanatory. It is listening to your body, especially the parts of you in pain. It is a way of understanding your physique through touch, of acknowledging its complaints and extracting stress through creative use of your own hands.

When we think a headache coming on, it is natural to rub your temples to alleviate the pain. Yet we forget to keep take off until the pain is gone.

With self-massage you become tuned to yours body so you can recognize swelling, knots, cramps and other symptoms of stress by touch. You do what is necessary to make yourself feel a lot better.

Getting to Know You

To become involved in self massage, you must enter in the mood to pay attention to yourself; to stop, look and enjoy your body. Your body constantly voices its needs and conditions. Sometimes, because of where we are and what we are doing, most people block out the voices, putting them off until "later". When later comes around, we have forgotten all about the actual cramp, numbness or pang that first bothered united states. The next time we feel the pang, it will be stronger; our challenges return to us, bigger and more debilitating, until we mend them.

Okay, I'm listening, you might say... What now? Find yourself your quiet, comfortable space where you won't be disturbed.

So that your hands and wrists will glide over your skin without friction, you will need crude oil (preferably vegetable-based) or your favorite lotion.

To begin, sit down and incapacitated, legs crossed "Indian" style. Close your eyes. Underestimate any sounds outside the voices of your body. Concentrate on people. What has been bothering you, physically? Are you sitting with all your spine straight or hunched? Is there tension in your returning or neck? Where do you feel tightness? Or aching? Just imagine every part of you from head to foot. Note where onto your body you feel uncomfortable. Then apply the healing electrical power of your hands to your trouble spots, using these basic strokes:

Smoothing, or "effleurage", feels good on any part of the body, specially the longer muscles, such as the leg and arm muscles and also bands of muscle running from shoulder to neck of the guitar. Smoothing stimulates deeper circulation and helps rid muscles with toxins.

Pinching and kneading, or "petrissage", tones your sensitive skin and gets your blood going; your skin may gleam. With this stroke, knead and shape as though with clay-based and envision yourself giving perfect form to your musculature. Petrissage helps break up the fatty cells that make up cellulite.

Friction is a slow, circular movement of the palms on muscular knots and cramps, pressure points, along with joint areas. Using friction, rub temples and skull to soothe headaches. With your fingers explore the hinge-works of your elbows and knees; see how they work. Your individual manipulations are therapeutic as well as preventative maintenance.

Percussion, or simply "tapotement", is a beating, hacking, drumming or pounding working with hands or fingers. The part of the body to be massaged ordre what pressure to use. Percussion for a short time will pep the muscles and stimulate your. Light percussion for a long time will take it easy you.

Typically most of us hold our stress in the the neck and throat and shoulders and/or lower back. Concentrating self-massage strokes for these areas for at least five minutes a day in concert with relaxation can make a big difference in your energy level and temperament. Imagine your individual pain and discomfort vanishing at the touch of your fingertips.

Gary Klungreseth