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Rejuvenate You: Touch heals:
I promise, once you allow as little as 5 minutes a day to massage your own body you will notice the benefits from day one. I personally always feel a bit more loved, much more alive, lighter, grounded and rather pleased with myself knowing that I have taken the time to appreciate and then rejuvenate the energy flow in my body.
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Take Time To Listen The Needs Of Your Body:
An added bonus of course, is the opportunity you create to listen to the needs and requests of your body as you explore it through self massage. Massaging places that never normally get touched, feeling sensations that you didn’t even know existed and picking up vital messages along the way.
Self massage allows you to detect early clues from your body such as fatigue, exhaustion, soreness, stiff bits or excess stress and can prevent future illnesses taking hold of your body.
You can adjust your day ahead according to the feedback your body has so willingly offered you.
I first tried daily self massage probably 15 years ago (after listening to Deepak Chopra) and loved it instantly. Some how I lost my groove with it (probably kids) and have recently reconnected with its healing, balancing and restorative gifts. I love simple, and you couldn’t do anything simpler that gives you such a noticeable boost to the way you and your body feels.
The Indian ayurvedic medicine system strongly believes that a daily massage first thing in the morning with warmed sesame oil offers a huge range of life enhancing, well being benefits to your body and life.
Prevents the accumulation of emotional imbalances as it releases happy feelings into your body.
Promotes flexibility of muscles tissues and joints
Rejuvenates the skin and gives it a healthier glow
Calms you down or if done vigorously can stimulate you
Decreases fatigue, exhaustion, tiredness and pain by releasing the energy blocks
Offers quality sleep
Improves your circulation
Improves the flow of your blood
Increases the removal of toxins from your body
Although Ayuverdic medicine recommends warmed sesame oil, as its a powerful anti-oxidant, other oils can easily be used such as almond oil which is quite neutral in smell. Organic or cold pressed only must be used. My motto is if you can’t eat it then don’t put it on your skin. Ayuverdic medicine recommends leaving the oil on for 20 minutes before showering but if this is not practical its best to massage then shower rather than not massaging at all.
Head and Feet Are The Most Important:
If you are running short of time in the morning then give priority to your head around the temple, ears, face, jaw and neck. Your feet around the ankle, in between and along each toe and all around the base and along the top of your foot.
Anyone Can Self Massage Their Body:
A full body massage should take around 10 minutes once you get the hang of it. Expect it to take a little longer when you are just starting out. Simply follow your intuition and do what comes naturally. A few simple guidelines might be:
Gentle circular motions around your stomach, joints, shoulders, ankles, and knees.
Long gentle strokes along the legs and arms.
A more vigorous massage will stimulate the body whereas a gentler massage will improve energy flow and support your well being.
Thanks for reading this article.
Peace, love and chocolate, Carole.
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Thanks for the great advice. My husband and I tend to walk a lot so we've gotten in the habit of massaging each other's feet in the evening, usually over a glass of wine. It's very therapeutic and can also be tres romantique. :)