While you may not have the budget to send yourself to the spa on the regular, it’s important to take some time out of your day and show your body a little love and appreciation. You know exactly where your body is feeling sore, so you’re probably the best person to help yourself feel better. Pay attention to the messages your body is sending you and give yourself the best at-home massage possible with these tips.
Massage Your Scalp for Tension Headaches
This one is very easy to do on your own and is especially effective for tension headaches, which are fairly common if you stare at a screen all day (sigh). Give yourself a scalp massage, whether sitting on the couch or washing your hair in the tub. Start by placing your palms under your hair near your temples on either side and pushing up the scalp towards the ceiling. Apply pressure, hold for a few seconds and continue working in sections across your entire scalp. You can also try a scalp massaging tool to speed up the process in a pinch.
Use a Foam Roller for Hard-to-Reach Areas
To massage muscles around your hips, calves and lower back, consider getting yourself a foam roller like this one by Trigger Point Performance. Workout those hard to reach areas with a simple, rolling application, but make sure it’s enjoyable and don’t press too hard. This is also a perfect way to relieve soreness after a tough gym sesh.
Give Your Feet a Rest
If you’ve been on your feet all day or opted for an insensible pair of shoes (ahem, 4-inch stilettos), your feet are probably sore. Be sure to show them some love! Giving yourself a foot massage is easy, especially with a little bit of relaxing foot lotion. Simply work your thumbs through the centre muscles in your feet and apply and release pressure around the sore areas. Rotate each of your toes in a circle in both directions. If you would rather let something else do the work for you, you can purchase an electric foot massager like Homedics Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager.
Relax Your Neck and Shoulders
Particularly if you’ve been sitting at a desk all day, make sure you check in with your neck and shoulders when you get home. First, correct your posture and stretch out your neck by rotating it slowly in a circular direction, tucking your chin to your chest and lowering your head to either side. Place two fingertips on the back of your neck, pressing firmly and holding. Then work your fingers down either side of your shoulders, pressing and releasing as you go. A warming massage pillow will help calm your muscles and ease you into a night of relaxation.
After you’ve taken the time to appreciate your body with an at-home massage, you’ll quickly realize how important this self-pampering is. Long gone are the excuses of inaffordable spa massages or the lack of a doting lover. Now you have your own simple techniques to ease you into a world of relaxation, appreciation and well-restedness no matter if you're in the bath or binge watching How to Get Away With Murder. Enjoy!
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