Modern life stress and tensions show up in the body in the form of knots and muscle tension and associated pain.
Muscle cramp, sore muscle, and muscle pain are very irritating and distracting.
Massage is an ideal option to cope up with such a situation. It is found to be very useful and relaxing and can be self-administered with your hands or using some self-massage tools.
The benefits of self-massage
Massage is an age-old therapy of reducing symptoms of pain or strain in the muscles or nervous system.
Massage therapy has excellent advantages like
- Relief from pain
- Improving the flexibility of muscles
- Reducing lactic acid in your muscles
- Enhanced performance
- Reduction in muscle tension and fatigue.
Though professional massage is highly effective and relaxing, availing the services of a massage therapist is difficult and expensive, and going in for self-massage is the trend these days.
You have to learn a few techniques, and you can use self-massage at your convenience.
There are self-massage techniques for all body parts, and there are some standard strokes, which finds application in almost all massage techniques.
- Effleurage: Long gliding stroke on the painful muscle brings relief.
- Petrissage: This movement is all about, kneading, wringing, lifting, and rolling movements.
- Frictions: The palm or heel is rubbed swiftly over the skin surface.
- Tapotement: This is a percussive stroke executed by fingers or palm.
- Vibration: This involves shaking the muscle or body parts.
Execute these strokes using the fingers, palm, heel of palm, elbow, or forearms. Self-massage therapy needs a similar kind of strokes or movements.
Some concerns of self-massage
- It becomes challenging to massage hard to reach parts.
- The fingers may hurt when you massage soft spots.
- A lot of force and pressure is needed
Solve these challenges, using any of the varieties of self-massage tools that are available, and ensure a relaxing massage all by yourself.
Different types of self-massage tools
It is a straightforward tool but brings great relief to the overworked and overstrained muscles. Very suitable to be used for back, hamstring, calves. The effect of using these rollers is very close to the myofascial massage. The rollers also help you improve your posture, and that is very much needed to do office work.
The rollers are available in different sizes for different body parts, ranging from a length of 12 inches to 36 inches. Variation in hardness and surface texture/contour is possible to get the additional benefit of acupressure.
It Ensures good blood circulation.
You have to roll the painful part of your body on the roller using the body weight itself. A three to five-minute roll will ease you out.
If you have to massage your back;
- Keep the roller on the ground.
- Lie on the ground, so that the roller touches your back.
- Slowly exerting pressure on the roller slide your body up and down on the roller.
- Move the body, to ensure that the roller massages all your tensed muscles.
Similarly, you can use it for any body part.
Roller massage/ massage stick
It is probably the best self-massage tool for localized massage. It is a handheld; hence you can very quickly exert required pressure. Being handheld, the range of motion can be in check, ensuring the effectiveness of the massage.
This tool is categorized as a deep tissue self-massage tool and is excellent for neck, calves, thighs, pectorals, and shoulder.
The roller massager comes with a handle and can be used with one hand.
In the case of neck pain,
- Sit comfortably and relaxed.
- With one hand hold the roller massager firmly
- Roll over the painful part of the neck
- Adjust the range and pressure as required.
The wonder tool of self-massage, apart from being very portable and convenient it is handy for deep tissue massage.
They are available in different diameters. Because of its shape, it is ideal for circular motions on small areas, like for thigh, shoulder, calf, hamstring, or neck.
A variation of massage ball can be heated in the microwave and used for hot massage.
A foot massage ball is also available. It resolves the foot pain. Keep the ball on the ground and with your foot sole press and roll the ball. The foot massage ball comes with spiky and coarse texture to enhance the blood circulation in your feet.
Trigger point massage stick
Though a very basic massager and a bit odd-looking, it has immense utility. It is the best choice to massage hard to reach parts of the body.
Stress and the sitting posture in the office results in muscle knots on the neck and back.
It is designed to eliminate painful knots, it provides in-depth compression and dramatically improves the blood flow to the affected area.
Hold the stick with or two hands as it may be necessary to locate the treatment ball on the painful area and deep knead or move in circles.
You can make the effleurage movement very conveniently with this tool.
Dual Neck Shoulder massager
Office work entails sitting and working on the computer, and this develops pain and stiffness in the neck.
It is a very useful self-massage tool for neck and shoulder. It consists of a long bar which flexes at the center. Place the two treatment ball on the painful areas.
The two handles help you to adjust the pressure on the neck or shoulder as needed.
Percussion massage gun
The battery-operated massage gun comes with various settings of speed and strokes/minute.
Adjust the setting as per your requirement. As the name suggests, they have a vibrating motion, along with the circular one.
The gun can be used to reduce muscle soreness and sports recovery.
This tool is specifically for foot massage to relieve foot pain. It is beneficial for plantar fasciitis, the severe sole pain. The material of construction can be wood, fiber or rubber.
Place the massager on the ground and rub your soles on the two rough-textured rollers. Apply pressure as required.
Sitting for long hours in the office badly affects the blood circulation in the feet.
By using these simple self-massage tools, you can massage and keep your body fit. It does not take much of your time, but the benefits accrued from body massage are tremendous.
Massage yourself once or twice a week and feel energetic and lively.