Self-massage

What self-massage is, our approach to it and how to start practicing it.

What Self-Massage Is

Self-massage is massage that you perform yourself on yourself. Instead of having someone else massage different parts of your body, your own two hands get to do the job instead.

The benefits of massage are many, and self-massage naturally shares most or all of those benefits. However self-massage also brings unique benefits that a normal massage most likely doesn’t provide you with, like say getting to know yourself better in an intuitive way, being able to do it just about anywhere and anytime.

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The Joys of Head and Scalp Massage

I love the art of massage. Truly, absolutely, entirely. The anticipation if I book a professional treat for myself, the amazingly profound sensations during the time with the therapist, and the feeling afterwards – so calm, so serene, such great sleep that night, such...

Tools for Facial Self-Massage in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional holistic healing techniques from the East are fast being adopted by the modern West to address a range of skin and healthcare concerns. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has incorporated self-massage and tools to gently manipulate the body and skin for...

Self-Massage and Essential Oils

The therapeutic qualities of physical touch have been used in healing and medicine throughout human history. Massage - or "The Therapy of Touch" - can bring about a state of deep relaxation within the body. When we are stressed (physically or emotionally), the body is...

How to Combine Yoga with Self-Massage

Yoga and self-massage are two great ways of taking care of our wellbeing. In an age where most people routinely sit on rigid chairs for the biggest part of their day, being able to move and to bring comfort to our bodies has become essential to our overall health and...

How to Combine Self-Massage with Meditation

Self-massage and meditation are two of my favorite everyday habits to combine. One of the main reasons why is that these two things are great ways to achieve deep relaxations of the body, mind and heart. Another big reason is that both meditation and self-massage are...

Pressures: Self-Massage for Relieving Tension and Rigidity

Using pressure to specific areas where muscle tightness is present can be an effective form of self-massage. One of the many good things with "pressures" is that they can be done effectively without the use of massage oils and can also be implemented through clothes....

Top 3 Massage Guns (2020) for Deep Tissue Massage and Recovery

We're no strangers to massage here on TrueRelaxations. We've covered the benefits of both massage and self-massage, arguing that in some regards self-massage is superior to getting a massage. With that in mind, there are of course limits to what you can do with your...

Top 5 Self-Massage Sticks & Rollers in 2020

Exercising and maintaining physical fitness can cause tightness in our muscles. Similarly, our everyday activities often cause stiffness and rigidity if not measures are taken. Self-massaging is a great way to loosen tight muscles, increase blood flow and boost up the...

Kneading: Self-Massage for Relieving Pain and Tension

Kneading is a self-massaging technique that goes deeper than some of the previous ones we've covered, like feathering, light and deep stroking. The name of kneading is derived from kneading dough, to make bread, as the movement and massage used on the tissues is...

6 Ways Self-Massage is Better than Getting a Massage

Massage is simply good for you, and the benefits are not limited to the great relaxing effects but also for specific things like insomnia and for boosting the immune system to name a few. Now one question I sometimes ask myself is if the benefits of ordinary massage...

Deep Stroking: A Self-Massage for Better Circulation

The deep stroking technique, also known as effleurage, is similar to light stroking but is performed in a firmer and smoother manner across the massaging area. In a massaging sequence, the deep stroke follows rather naturally from light stroking. The strokes should be...

Light Strokes as Self-Massage for Unwinding and Revitalization

Massage in the form of smooth, rhythmical light strokes is one of the most versatile massaging techniques, both for self-massage and for normal massage whether given or received. Light stroking is performed with the palms of your hands, your fingers or your thumbs....

Feathering: A Self-Massage Technique for Anxiety, Stress and Sleep

This self-massaging technique, as is suggested by the name, is the lightest and softest of all the basic massage strokes. Feathering is great to start or end a massage, mainly due to the gentleness and graceful nature of the technique. How to do it Imagine your hands...

Holding: A Self-Massage Technique for Rejuvenation & Stillness

Simple holds on certain parts of the body can be surprisingly effective for a basic self-massage technique like this, especially when it comes to inducing relaxation and relief to that area. Though massage is often associated with movement, the stillness of the hold...

3 Self-Massaging Techniques to Induce Quality Sleep

When bedtime comes and you need so desperately to lie down and get some slumber, but your muscles ache and feel cramped, what can you do? Not everyone has a masseuse at the ready as they are climbing into bed, but with just a bit of practice, you can take matters into...

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The Joys of Head and Scalp Massage

The Joys of Head and Scalp Massage

I love the art of massage. Truly, absolutely, entirely. The anticipation if I book a professional treat for myself, the amazingly profound sensations during the time with the therapist, and the feeling afterwards – so calm, so serene, such great sleep that night, such...

Tools for Facial Self-Massage in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Tools for Facial Self-Massage in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional holistic healing techniques from the East are fast being adopted by the modern West to address a range of skin and healthcare concerns. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has incorporated self-massage and tools to gently manipulate the body and skin for...

Self-Massage and Essential Oils

Self-Massage and Essential Oils

The therapeutic qualities of physical touch have been used in healing and medicine throughout human history. Massage - or "The Therapy of Touch" - can bring about a state of deep relaxation within the body. When we are stressed (physically or emotionally), the body is...

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