Updated: Aug 11, 2020
These past few months have been littered with challenges and the symptoms they carry:
Not only that, but we haven’t had the option to receive all that we need, lately.
Your skin needs to be touched.
Chances are, it's not being touched enough in this physical contact-deprived society.
It’s what we need. Our largest organ (skin) needs stimulation! And those symptoms we listed above can be solved with a simple practice called self-massage. Learn why and how to practice this time-tested methodology for promoting wellness and health in this blog.
Note: Our massage therapist is currently taking appointments, yet self-massage is something we should utilize anytime every day.
Top Four Reasons to Practice Self Massage
1. You’re detoxifying your body’s largest organ. A lot of disease stems from the accumulation of toxins. The practice of self-massage promotes the flushing out of impurities and toxins through your skin.
2. You need it. When you self-massage, you stimulate the pressure receptors under the skin, which boosts the activity of a major nerve called the vagus. In turn, you're more relaxed, less stressed, and even less likely to get sick. Self-massage is really critical. ✨
3. You’re engaging in healing. Self-massage is an important tool for coping with some illnesses, diseases, and pains. Not only does is help improve sleep (and in turn, immune function), some studies even suggest self-massage can help relieve menstrual cramps, reduce smoking cravings, treat constipation and more.
4. You’re nurturing yourself. Self-massage is one of the most incredible acts of self-kindness and love. By taking 10 minutes each day for this practice, you choose intention over distracted and give your body some much-needed attention.
How do you do it?
There are so many tools and ways to practice self-massage. We'll list the basics, but do what works for you in the season you're in. 🥰
1. Pick The Right Oil
Organic sesame oil, which has a warming effect, and coconut oil, which has a cooling effect, are two commonly used oils. 🥥 You can use these at room temperature or warm them in hot to warm water. You may also choose to do a little dry brushing before your massage.
2. Start From Your Extremities
You can begin by massaging the oil into your scalp using the palms of your hands or begin with the bottom of your feet. Gently massage all areas farthest away from your heart (your ears, nostrils, forehead, and temples, or toes, soles and ankles) and reapply with more oil as needed.
3. Move Toward Your Heart
Massage the arms and legs and torso in the direction of your heart, with long strokes on the muscles and circular movements on the joints. Use your palms to massage the chest and abdomen in a clockwise direction to promote detoxification and healthy digestion.
Massage your hips and your bottom and then give your hands some loving attention, both on the palms and the backs of the hands. 👋🏻
4. Post Practice
Once you’ve massaged your entire body 🙏🏼 you can shower or use a designated towel to wipe off any extra oil and put on some loose clothing for bed.
Give yourself a moment to relax and enjoy the fact that you've nurtured, healed, and detoxed your body! 🥰 Let us know how it goes!
Beauty at the Lake
P.S. This month receive a massage for half price when you sign up for our monthly massage membership! Check out the details, here: CLICK HERE