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How to Do a Massage at Home

There’s no denying that a good massage can do wonders for your mind and body. It can leave you feeling calmed, renewed, zen- all of those good things! That is why a massage is a luxury that many enjoy, whether it’s part of a special pamper day or a monthly wind-down. However, despite the certified feel-good results, we keep massages as an occasional treat for our bodies. This is why everybody should know how to do a massage at home. You have the ability to be your own, personal masseuse without stepping foot outside your door! Getting those post-massage feels at the click of your fingers is easier than it sounds, trust us.

Once you have the right tools and mindset, here’s how to do a massage at home.

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What are the benefits of massage?

Before we dive in, let’s take a look at what the benefits of massages are.

As we may already know, an instant massage benefit is that feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This is because massage stimulates the brain to release endorphins (those happiness hormones). However, the benefits can actually go far beyond this for a greater sense of holistic health on a day-to-day basis. It’s no real surprise that massage is one of the oldest healing traditions! According to Mayo Clinic, the benefits of massage can include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced muscle pain and tension
  • Improved circulation and energy
  • Lowered heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improved immune function

So as we can see, there’s plenty of benefits that come with massages. Plus, we don’t need spas or appointments to take full advantage of them.

What can I use for massage oil at home?

The first part of how to do a massage at home is to get the right tools. This doesn’t mean you have to fork out on a massage chair and white noise machines. The main thing you need to search for is what to use as a massage oil at home.

You may think that all oils work in the same ways- why can’t you use the olive oil you used for breakfast this morning? This is why it’s important to clarify what you can use for massage oil at home, as some oils aren’t designed for massaging into the skin. For example, olive oil is a very heavy oil and doesn’t easily absorb. It’s also known to clog pores, which we certainly don’t want!

On the other hand, Mio’s Go With The Flow Calming Body Oil is supercharged with Almond Oil to help moisturise skin, Cannabis Oil to soothe the senses and fragrance notes of Peppermint, Lavender and Eucalyptus that channel aromatic powers to soothe and comfort busy minds. This refreshing dry body oil quickly soaks into the skin for an ultra zen experience, making it the perfect massage oil to use at home.

How to do a body massage at home

The great thing about how to do a body massage at home is that you can completely tailor it to whatever your body is craving. For example, if you have particularly tight calves after a morning jog or sore arms after a gym session, you can really pay attention to these areas and increase the pressure where you feel particularly tender. Once you’ve decided to do a body massage at home, set the mood. Energise the room with a few spritzes of the Liquid Yoga Aromatherapy Space Spray. This atmosphere mist will instantly refresh and uplift the spirit, transporting you into a zen environment.

Now, establish the area that you’d like to work on. If you’ve been hunched over a laptop all day or have been carrying some tension around after a stressful day, you might want to relieve tightness in the neck and shoulders.

  1. Relax your shoulders and sit up straight.
  2. Pump the Go With The Flow Calming Body Oil onto the hands and rub them together.
  3. Find the areas where you feel tight and press down firmly with your fingers.
  4. Move your fingers around gently, using circular motions.
  5. After two minutes, repeat this in the opposite direction.

If you’re feeling some pain or tension in your lower back, try the following:

  1. Sit cross-legged on the floor and straighten your back.
  2. Cover your hands and fingers with the Go With The Flow Calming Body Oil.
  3. Take a deep breath in of the oil’s aromas and place your thumbs on each side of the bottom of your spine.
  4. Move your fingers up towards the middle of your back and back down again using in small, circular motions.
  5. Where you feel extra tension, apply a firm pressure, hold, and then let go.

These methods can be used all over the body. Work your hands that are covered in the oil in circular motions around the calves, upper thighs, abdomens, and arms to soothe the muscles and use the knuckles or thumbs to apply more pressure on those tight areas.

It’s really that easy. Now that you know how to do a massage at home, you can treat your body to the care that it deserves every day- no spa necessary!

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Isaan

Isaan

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