Self-massage for when your budget is tight and your time is short
Foot massage: Start with a tennis or golf ball on the floor while seated at your favorite living room chair. Roll your foot forward and backward slowly; apply enough pressure to feel a pulling but not enough that you are in too much pain; then roll your foot side to side. Next place your heel on the ball to make circular motions; finally cross your leg over the left ankle and take the ball and roll it up and down the arch of your foot; repeat with the left foot.
Hand massage: Take a pencil with an eraser and start by applying pressure to the base of the thumb; make little circles with the eraser in that area, move around to hit all the pressure points in near the thumb.
- Always make sure that you are higher than the body parts that are to be massaged.
- Massage long strokes, following a body part until you hit bone where the origin of the muscle lies.
- Don’t just stop massaging at the neck, rather follow the muscle all the way around the neck and up behind the ear and the back of the head.
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