Guest writer on the blog today!
We are honored to have Alex, a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Massage Oasis on the blog today, chatting about self care and giving us some great techniques for massage, whether you have a partner or not! Massage is such an amazing and truly beneficial way to practice self care.
Here is what Alex has to say!
What is self-care? Self-care is anything that we do to take care of ourselves in order to preserve or improve our own health and mental well-being. While the details of what this looks like are different to everyone, one thing that stays consistent is that is important for all of us. Self-care plays a large role in reducing overall stress and increasing happiness. Too often we think about everyone else in our lives and forget about ourselves, but the key thing to remember is that self-care is not selfish. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup!
One way you can show your body some love is through massage techniques that can be performed either on yourself or a partner. I personally enjoy using Herbesque’s Massage oils. They are high quality and handcrafted with no artificial fragrances. My favorite is the lavender which helps to relax and calm the mind.
#1 Massaging the feet is a great way to not only relax but also reward your body. Each foot has nineteen muscles and up to 200,000 nerve endings. Those muscles and receptors are in charge of making continuous adjustments so that the body can stay balanced. Keeping the feet in good condition is one great way to help keep your entire body feeling good.
Using your thumb, try starting at the base of the big toe and running your thumb down the arch towards the heel. Repeat this motion separating the sole of the foot into three segments. An alternative way of doing this would be to use a tennis ball while seated or standing apply tolerable pressure and slowly rolling the foot forward and backwards over the ball. With this motion we are targeting the plantar fascia. By repeating this exercise daily not only can it improve how the feet feel, but also help to release tension through the calves and hamstrings.
#2 Taking care of our hands is not something we often consider however, we SHOULD! There are 34 muscles that contribute to the movement of our fingers and thumb. Who would have thought! So try this.
Use your thumbs, to trace heart onto the palm of your partners hand. Repeat this motion 3-5 times. From there use your thumb and index finger and wrap them around the base of one of your partners fingers using a moderate amount of pressure, and pull away from the body. Repeat this until you have done each finger. You can easily do these two techniques on yourself, repeat all of the steps just using one hand.
Receiving professional massage on a regular basis can be beneficial for most people. Through various massage techniques, therapists are able to customize a session specifically to the needs of each client. Your therapist will be able to help you decide how often you should come in for a professional massage session based on your body’s specific needs. Talking to your therapist about what your main areas of concern are and how you are feeling both before and after your massage will help determine what would work best for you. Benefits of regular massage include reduced stress, improved range of motion, better sleep, increased circulation and many more.
If you have any questions for Alex or want to book an appointment (she's amazing!) visit her website or check her out on Facebook!
Thank you SO much for these amazing tips! I hope you all enjoyed this! Let us know if you want to see more blogs like this. Email us here with your thoughts and ideas!
If you want to check out our line of natural Massage Oils, those are available here. Just in time for Valentine's Day. ;)
Also, be on the lookout on our Facebook page as we will be giving away a massage treatment by Alex and some Herbesque goodies as well. Worth over $100!
Until next time!
Meet the Maker
Hi! I'm Nicole, owner and creator here at Herbesque. I was born a creator and grew up in an entrepreneurial household, so I guess you could say it came naturally. I'm very passionate with what I do. I hope to shine my light on that here in this blog, and also share valuable and helpful information with you all. Thank you for being here!
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