How to Self-Massage Stress Away
We all know stress is terrible for us, but it can be hard to find ways to make it go away, particularly when you can’t always control what’s causing stress in the first place. We asked Body Studio in London for some self-massage tips, to help us unwind from long days.
Body Studio’s Techniques
In the morning, massage the body with cold-pressed sesame oil which is slightly warm. This helps to reduce the “air and space” quality in the system which contributes to stress. It calms the central nervous system, centers the mind, and the properties of the oil work deep into the layers of the skin, helping the joints and connective tissues, all while drawing the toxins out and into the digestive system where they can be removed. On hot summer days use coconut oil or sunflower oil.
Ayurvedic Head Massage:
If you have had a very stressful day at work, massage the head with coconut oil or cold-pressed sesame oil. Massage the sides of the head, front, and back. Then use the fingertips like you are washing your hair for 2-3 minutes. Then, when you have finished, grab parts of the hair and pull away from the scalp.
Ayurvedic Foot Massage:
Massage the sole of the foot between the second and third metatarsals. If a line is drawn from the base of the second toe to the heel, the point is one third of the distance from the toe. This point is a marma point pada Madhya. Press on this point, and if it is sore press gently and as it releases apply more pressure. This point on the foot calms the mind and relieves stress. Once you have done this on both feet then massage the feet with cold-pressed sesame oil.
Ayurvedic Head Marma Points:
Press in very small circles in a clockwise direction.
Kapala: On the midline of the forehead at the start of your hairline. This marma is helpful if you feel bound by time, constantly in a hurry, or anxious.
Nasa Mula: On the midline of the forehead in between the eyebrows. This important marma brings order in the body, mind, and consciousness. It steadies the mind’s thoughts and emotions to induce inner calm.
Hanu is located in the depression between the chin and the lower lips. This point relieves stress and emotions. Hanu means pride. When this point is unbalanced posture can be affected. Hanu is a very important point to use for stress management.
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