For many of us, a massage is a luxury. That may be true for a professional massage in a salon setting, it doesn’t have to be that way. You only need your own two hands. Sometimes I use a tennis ball that I roll between my back and the wall! Learning how to give a halfway decent massage isn’t that hard.
People have been massaging themselves (and each other) for thousands of years. The Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Indians, Chinese, and Japanese all have historical references to the art of bodily massage. The word “massage” is a reference to the kneading motion involved, is very similar to working with dough (“massa” in Latin is “dough,” while “masso” is the Greek verb “to work with dough”).
Using proper pressure applied to the right points of the body, you can experience a wide range of health benefits. Read below to learn more.
There are many varieties of massages.
There’s hot stone …
… Ashiatsu, a.k.a. the one where they walk on your back …
… and there’s even this?
One of the most popular massages getting recognition lately is reflexology. It stimulates key reflex points (usually on the hands or feet) to help regulate ailments of various parts of the body.
Reflexology stimulates those key reflex points, and helps stimulate and regulate blood circulation throughout the body. It’s possible to relieve headaches, backaches, digestive issues, sleep problems, and more through these techniques.
Your feet have over 15,000 nerve endings!
Those nerve endings make your feet pretty sensitive, which is why they’re so easily tickled!
You can learn to use reflexology using the chart below, on yourself before bed every night. Some people have even reported curing a cold or flu using these techniques.
Check out the video below for a more detailed tutorial.
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