Massage routine for self care
Have you ever returned home from work feeling ready to dive straight into a restful weekend but one look at the calendar and you realize, it's only Tuesday!
Well, what if we said that there was a way to achieve that instant energy boost to keep you going through the week or to have a relaxing evening where you can unwind all the stress from the day and feel more calm?
Let us introduce you to the almost-heavenly practice of self-massage. It’s as simple as it sounds! A self-massage is a technique in Eastern medicine that has been extremely underrated in self-care. It talks about massages as being a part of your regular, if not daily, routine because of their innumerable benefits for the mind, body, and soul.
If you’re new to the world of self-massage and massage oils, Empress Naturals is the best guide you could ask for.
From expert advice, tips & tricks, and organic product recommendations, we’re putting together the ultimate wellness and self care guides for you to check out. Read on to know more about the self-massages and we decode the benefits and correct ways for you to massage yourself!
Shhh…. The Secret to Self-Massage
In the States, we often view massage as a luxury experience to be indulged into once every couple of weeks for which an entire day (colloquially known as 'self-care day') is carved out.
Alternatively, massage is linked with body pain and is often used to treat a physical ailment. It's not something that we practice on a regular basis. Self- Massage, on the other hand, is an essential component of self-care for the body and psyche in the East.
The secret to self-massage is consistency; if we only attempt something once, we never have the opportunity to reap its full benefits. For example, when you make a vow to start exercising again, you would never make the assumption that you are going to see changes in your appearance and mood in one day, would you?
Similarly, when starting a routine that prioritizes self-care, we have to be mindful about the time and effort we put into maintaining these routines to gain the best benefits.
And if you ask us, a feeling of oneness with the self is definitely worth the effort. Especially if you love lathering yourself with oils and waking up refreshed with silky smooth skin!
Elizabeth's self care massage tips
We asked Elizabeth Koshy, our CEO, how she makes time every day to do her self-massage, despite being busy all day.
THE RIGHT WAY TO SELF-MASSAGE
3 GOLDEN RULES:
Find the right oil blends for your massage. Every oil, be it carrier or essential, has a purpose in your massage.
Find the products with the right oils for your needs or make your own. Use our guide to pick the right massage oil for you!
- Warm the oil. This is common practice for most self-massages regardless of the oil you use.
It allows to offset any cold properties of the surrounding environment or your body, leading to better absorption of the massage oil into your skin.
- Move from the head down. You might choose to massage different parts of your body on different days or even opt for a full body massage every day (trust us, it only takes 15 minutes).
Whatever your choice of massage, always start from the top and move to lower body parts. Move from your body extremities towards your heart, to stimulate direct blood flow. Move from your feet towards your thighs or neck to heart.
How to Self-Massage Your Head
A face and head self-massage will help you feel calm and rejuvenated, whether you suffer from tension migraines or are simply searching for a method to alleviate stress
Here are some of the best of our self-massage suggestions for migraines, focusing on the face and scalp:
With both thumbs on your cheekbones, hold your head at either extremity, close to your ears.
Make circular movements with your fingertips starting outward at your temples and move closer till the middle of your forehead until your fingers connect.
Place your palms on either side of your scalp. Press your head upward, (towards the center where your hair part is) for a few seconds each before letting go.
Repeat all over until your complete scalp has been massaged.
Empress Product Picks for Head Massage
Empress Naturals’ Naked Collection Prickly Pear Oil is the ideal product to do your head or scalp self-massage.
Prickly pear is incredibly revered for its nourishing properties, not only for your skin but also your hair!
Infact, Elizabeth uses it every other night as part of her massage routine to give her hair some extra love and shine.
How to Self-Massage Your Neck and Shoulders
If you’re spending hours at a desk staring into your computer, chances are your neck and shoulders are craving some extra TLC. A neck or shoulder massage is what you need to reverse any hunchback or bad posture!
Use your fingertips to locate your middle trapezius - it's the point on your back where your neck and shoulders connect. Apply pressure for 10-30 seconds before letting go. Repeat this action as needed until you sense pain reduction or deepened relaxation.
Bend your right arm at the elbow such that you are able to feel your right upper trapezius.
Start from the outside of your trap muscle aka your shoulders and make your way inwards, towards your neck with your fingers. Repeat several times slowly until you sense your trap muscles soften. Repeat the same on your right side.
Empress Product Picks for Neck and Shoulder massage
Empress Naturals’ Circulation Massage Oil: This luxurious massage oil is the only blend you need to improve circulation from the inside out! It contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories such as Juniper Berry, Rosemary, and Sage, which will alleviate toxins from your bloodstream and leave your muscles feeling rejuvenated yet relaxed!
IF YOU NEED MORE REASONS…
We’ve given you all the reasons on how a self-massage will benefit you. But if you need more reasons on why it’s the right self-care move you need to make, here’s a list of incredible benefits it will have on your lifestyle!
Making time to practice self-massage is more than just about body care or wellness. It is a way to show yourself more love, a way to respect and care for your mind and spirit.
It is also a method of maintaining optimal health from within through skin. The skin serves as both a protective barrier and a portal for nourishing our bodies aka it is the perfect organ to get in touch with your inner self.
Whatever you're going through, self-massage will bring you back into balance. It boosts circulation, promotes organ function, aids in detoxification, and improves sleep. It also has numerous other possible advantages, such as slowing aging, nourishing your epidermis, and healing.
SELF-MASSAGE WITH EMPRESS NATURALS’ LUXURY MASSAGE OILS
Empress Naturals’ skincare is formulated specifically for your overall wellness. Our Luxury Massage Oils are incredible formulations made with the best oil blends that promote self care, rejuvenation and relaxation. They seep into your skin and nourish your body from within.
Our aim at Empress Naturals is to provide you with 100% Pure and Organic Skincare. We nurture mature skin with ingredients that come directly from nature. We provide ageless radiance and luminous skin without exposing your skin to the thousands of toxic ingredients that are still legal in the country.
Our products are non-toxic, clean, USDA Certified Organic, and Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty-Free. All of our ingredients are cultivated responsibly and sourced from sustainable farms throughout the world with ZERO hazardous preservatives.
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