Self-massage is a simple technique that can provide relief from back pain and other aches. Pain in your muscles often indicates that some of your muscles are tensed or overworked. This can cause you discomfort in your everyday life, making simple tasks harder.
The main advantage of this type of massage is that it can be done quickly, inexpensively, and effectively. And, you can do it in the comfort of your home! Let’s look at some of the main benefits associated with giving yourself a self-massage.
Self-Massage 101: What are the Benefits?
Whether you are constantly standing up for work or have a poor ergonomic WFH set up, everyone deserves to live a life free of bodily tension. And, giving yourself a self-massage break may be the relief you are looking for!
Here are some of the benefits to self-massage:
- It relieves tension in your muscles.
- You don’t have to wait for an appointment with your massage therapist.
- It can be cheaper to do it yourself.
- It improves circulation.
- Also, it helps your body detox!
So where do you start? How can you safely give yourself a self massage?
How to Give Yourself a Self-Massage
- Prep the Area
- Warm Up Your Muscles
Before giving yourself a massage, warm up your muscles by giving them a good stretch. Here is a YouTube video that has some great stretches for you to follow: 5 Self Care Stretches for Massage Therapists
- Slowly Massage the Trouble Area
Take your tool of choice and slowly start to roll over the area that needs to be massaged. You can use your tools to roll out your neck, upper back, lower back, hamstrings, and feet. Work the area anywhere from 20-30 seconds, but don’t exceed that time. If it becomes painful, stop and talk to your doctor before proceeding.
Here is another great YouTube video with specific exercises you can do on a roller: Foam Roller Exercises to Relieve Muscle Pain
Advice: If you are new to self-massage, using a hard foam roller might not be the best option for your mucsles. Try something like a massage ball (which is gentler on your body).
Get a Self-Massage Ball in Camp Hill, PA!
If you don’t have a self-massage ball yet and are looking to support a small business, stop by our Body IQ Life store in downtown Camp Hill, PA to get your very own self-massage ball! I would love to talk to you and get to know your health goals. Or, you can purchase a massage ball from our online store! Get yours today!