Missing your massages? A guide to home self-massage techniques

Missing your massages? A guide to home self-massage techniques

The quarantine has disrupted so many things in our lives. Now that a few weeks have gone by, you might be really feeling the effects of missing your regular massages. People get massages for a variety of reasons, including relaxation and stress relief, improved sleep quality, injuries and healing, chronic pain and more.

Regardless of why you get massage or how often, you are probably feeling the absence of your regular massage treatments. We’ve created this guide to help you get through this time until you can visit your massage therapist again. We miss our clients too and can’t wait to see you again!

If you have any questions or want more ideas, please email us and we will get back to you quickly! [email protected]

Before you try out any of these suggestions, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Even though your regular massage appointment may be an hour or more, you only need to massage yourself for a few minutes on each area.
  • For best results, massage each problem area at least 2x a day
  • Isolate the general area where you feel pain and gently explore until you find the specific spot that is especially painful.
  • Start by applying light pressure and build up to more pressure. Don’t applying too much pressure so that it is extremely painful. Gradually work your way up.
  • After massage, gently stretch out the area
  • Drink lots of water throughout the day
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Can Massage Help With Fatigue?

Can Massage Help With Fatigue?

Fatigue is something that most of us have experienced at one time or another. It is usually due to over exertion or an unusual amount of stress and will go away with rest and relaxation. However, some people suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). People who suffer from CFS frequently complain of extended periods of extreme fatigue with seemingly no perceivable cause or reason. 

Note: During this time of social-distancing and isolation, most massage therapists have suspended providing massage therapy. This can be very hard on clients who receive regular massage to manage a variety of issues. On top of that, because of the current pandemic, almost everyone is experiencing a heightened level of anxiety and worry. While this article outlines the benefits of massage for fatigue, we have also created a guide on how to perform some self-massage techniques to help ease your pain, tension, and worry until you can visit your massage therapist again. Please feel free to email us at All Body Kneads to discuss exercises, stretches and things you can do at home for your specific issues. We will get back to you just as soon as we can. [email protected]

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:

  • prolonged and unexplained feelings of tiredness
  • muscle and joint pain
  • headaches
  • sore throat
  • insomnia
  • painful lymph nodes
  • forgetfulness
  • impaired mental functions

There is an estimated one million (or more) people who have this disorder in the U.S. alone.  Both men and women can experience it but it is most common among women aged 40 to 50. Unfortunately, there is no cure, although you can manage the symptoms in a variety of ways.

Massage Therapy is one of the best ways to treat fatigue

Massage is one of the most recommended types of alternative therapies to treat the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Here is what it can help with:

If you are experiencing fatigue of any kind or suffer from CFS, massage therapy may be able to help you managed your symptoms and find some relief. We’d love to help you. Please email us to discuss your symptoms and concerns and to schedule an appointment.

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