In order to get the most out of your massage, I recommend my clients regularly practice the following self-care tips. Not only do they help prolong the benefit of massage (making the need for your next massage less frequent), but they are fixtures for leading a happy, healthy life.
1. Stretch. If you are getting massage for pain and discomfort, stretching is essential for you. Frequency is more important than length of a stretching session.
Try setting up a reminder sound like a chime on your computer or your watch to remind you to stretch for 2 minutes every hour, or 5 minutes every two hours.
Follow this simple routine. Exhale as you stretch whatever feels tight or uncomfortable to a feel-good position, and inhale as you return to a starting position. Ask about stretches for specific areas.
2. Exercise regularly. Even very moderate exercise, like massage, can help relieve pent-up muscle tension and improve your circulation. However, walking, gardening, golfing and tai chi are all ways to get your heart pumping and your muscles moving, too. These and other moderate activities can also help shift your attention from your worries to relaxation and the enjoyment of life.
3. Take time to relax. What do you enjoy most? Instead of waiting for time to open up in your busy schedule, prioritize those things in your schedule. Perhaps they can’t be achieved during the workday, but see what you can do about scheduling them into your evenings or on the weekends. Change your schedule to include more down time, even if it’s only 15 minutes for deep breathing or a walk after work or at lunch. On the weekend, get away from work completely and reserve a morning or afternoon to enjoy some time in nature or a carefree get together with friends.
And always remember; #keepmoving toward a better you!
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