Who does not love a good massage? Massages have become a pamper in a spa day and a remedy after working out. However massages have more to give, so here we share their benefits and how to do a self-massage at home
Massaging is about touching other people to make them feel good, and touch is more important in our lives than you may think. According to a study, touch plays a vital role in our health since it shapes biological responses and behaviors that impact our overall wellbeing. And this feeling of relaxation and safety come from our infancy, through the loving touch of our mothers. Moreover, massages have become great therapy since they are able to calm and balance the nervous system.
How massages can affect your mental health
Massages are beneficial for your mental health since they facilitate reconnection between the mind and body. Massages give your mind the time to think about your body so they can calm and give you peace, rebalancing your energy and boosting your mood.
The mental health benefits of massage include:
- Reduces stress
- Improve your mood
- Lowers anxiety
- Increases relaxation
- Improve sleep
Self-massage: a how-to guide
Although a professional massage is the best option if you are not in the position to head out for a professional massage you can try a self one at home.
1) Back and shoulder massage
Your back and shoulders can get knotted due to a bad physical movement. As a result, releasing all of this unwanted tension with massage can feel wonderful.
- For your spine: sit straight, lengthening the spine and abdomen.
- For your back and shoulder: lower down your body over your knees, head hanging and arms hanging to either side of the legs.
- For your shoulders: use your fingers along the top of the shoulders, to find the bunching of contracted muscle fibers.
2) Face and neck massage
- For your neck: try stretching your neck by dropping your chin slowly to your chest for a minute or two and then raise slowly.
- For a facial massage: using your thumb and index finger, start massaging your inner eyebrow, moving along the eyebrow. Then massage the temples on either side of your head and end on your scalp.