How to massage our feet based on the troubled spots on our body
After a tiring day from work, we can feel our body with so much exhaustion and we just want to lie down on our bed and take a rest. But when the morning comes and we wake up, we can still feel the tiredness in our muscles. Even if we still want to rest, we can’t because we still have to fulfill our obligations for the day. Because of this, we often overlook our slight injuries and we suffer from them. Hence to help you tend to these injuries in a short amount of time, so you can still do whatever you have to do for the day, we’re are going to teach you some alternatives that you can do by yourself.
Nowadays, a lot of people uses computer when they are working. A whole day of typing and other activities with the use of our hands will naturally make it them and our fingers tired. There are even times when we would feel numbness on our hands because they were on the same position for quite some time. When this happens, we recommend that you stop what you are doing for a while, and bend your thumb towards your backhand until you feel like you can’t bend it no more. Doing so will release the tension in your fingers and the feeling of tiredness will be gone even just a little. You can also try raising your right hand forward with the back of your hand facing you, then bend them towards you with the use of your left hand. Do the same procedure for your left hand. However, these exercises will not make the numbness or tiredness of your hands and fingers gone completely, remember to take breaks in between your work so you don’t strain them.
Sitting for a long time will surely cause back pain as well as tiredness on your shoulders. Just like when you put your hands on a computer for a long time, staying in a position with slight movement will surely put a strain on your body. To release the tension, lay on the floor and roll a tennis ball on your body repeatedly. When it reaches the area that feels the most stress or tiredness, put a little pressure on your rolling, then let the ball stay there for about five (5) minutes.
If your work or activities for the day includes standing for a long time, it’s no wonder why you would have slight troubles such as pain and swelling on your feet. When it comes to injuries concerning the bones, normally a person would visit an Orthopedic, but if you only feel pain or tiredness, you can just use a tennis ball or a bottle or anything of that size that can roll, step on it, and start rolling it from your heel to your toes. Do it continuously until you feel relieved.
When we stand for a long time, our knees may also be affected as well. It may cause strain on the muscles which makes our legs feel weak and numb. To solve this problem, you can either use a lacrosse ball or a foam roller, put it underneath your leg muscles or the strained muscles and let it stay there until you feel your muscles relax. Doing so will release the tension you feel and will help you keep your muscles strong and healthy.
Aside from these exercises, you can also try using the Ayurvedic method ease the numbness you’re feeling. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian way of herbal medicine that is used to cure many different illness. For instance, if you are looking for a foot massage then you can just do it yourself with the use of different herbs. This method is very easy to do because you can simply include it in your daily routine. All you’ll need are as follows: coconut oil, olive oil, mustard oil, clarified butter or ghee, and cow’s ghee. To use these ingredients for foot massage, just put them all together and apply them on your foot. You can use a metallic bowl to rub the mixture, but be sure that you use the smooth surface so you won’t damage your foot. Do this routine for 10 minutes then wash it with warm water.
This foot massage is very convenient to do because aside from being performed on one’s own capacity, you can do it anytime of the day. If you do this routine everyday then expect that the pain, stress, and tension you’re feeling on that area of the body will be gone. Doing so will also help you to sleep better at night, and will help improve your blood circulation. You will feel relaxed as if your body has been rejuvenated, and your vitality will be restored.
Ayurveda is just one of the alternatives that you can resort to if ever you feel body pain. Another alternative is called the deep tissue massage that not only can make your body relax, but repair the tissues, muscles, and joints. Working excessive can cause harm tour muscles without even our knowing, we’ll just be surprised the next day on how much our body aches. In this kind of situation, the answer is deep tissue massage because as its name implies, if can fix even the deepest layers of our muscles and fascia, which separates the former from the body organs. This is usually used in releasing the tension on the back and neck using deep finger pressure and slow but firm strokes. This is not a normal massage or therapy that makes a person relax for certainly, you will feel pain while the massage is being performed. Maybe you won’t even want to move for a while after the session is finished and just lay on the bed. But, know that this pain is the price you have to pay for the betterment of your tissues and muscles.
After the pain subside, you will feel like your body is so alive. You won’t even feel the slightest trace of the back pain you were complaining for earlier. After that, the chances of having chronic back pain will be reduced so the pain you experienced during the massage is probably the most extreme you’ve experienced from then on. But that is just one of the benefits of this massage. There are many more wonderful effects of deep tissue massage, which we will be listing down in this article.
- Arthritis? That’s a no-no. As we age, our bones tend to become weaker and weaker. Because of this, we may experience different kinds of bone conditions like arthritis, which makes even sitting painful. However, thanks to deep tissue massage, we won’t have to deal with such pain anymore because it can get rid of the stiffness and pain that we are feeling on our backs. The only drawback is that in order for it to work, you need to couple it with your doctor’s prescribed treatment.
- Scars no more. Scars are little reminders that we have been hurt before but we able to heal. But no matter how beautiful that sounds, scars are not as pretty, especially when you have many of them. Although scarring is part of our healing process, not everybody is happy on having them. Deep tissue massage can help you heal without scarring because it can break down the external and even internal scar tissue. Aside from helping your muscles recover, you won’t have any scars so it really is a win-win situation.
- Rehab for injured athletes. I bet there’s nothing more painful for an athlete who was not able to compete on the sports he loves because of an injury. Imagine dedicating your whole life practicing, trying to be a better player, if not the best, then all of a sudden, he can’t participate in games because he’s injured. Luckily, there’s deep tissue massage that will make him get back on the games sooner. The athlete won’t be spending a long period of rehabilitation because it can help reduce the severity of the muscle’s soreness and tension. Aside from that, this massage is also a great way to avoid being injured in the future.
- Regulates blood pressure. As this is used to for deeps layers of muscles and tissue, this massage also has a good effect on the flow of the blood, hence preventing cases of hypertension. Although there still isn’t a concrete explanation or a study as to why this is possible, the experience of a group of people can justify it for the time being. Way back in 2008, there were 263 volunteers who underwent deep tissue massage because of strain in their muscles. Then it happened after that, the reading o their blood pressure is normal, compared to when before they had the massage.
- Reduces stress and anxiety. Not only will the stress in your muscles be released, but your emotional stress as well. That is because when deep tissue massage is performed on you, your body will secrete oxytocin, which is a hormone that affects your emotions.
- Manage labor pain. They say one of the most physically painful feeling that a woman can experience is her labor when she’s about to give birth. They say that it’s like breaking several bones in the body all the same time. But, deep tissue massage is said to be able to manage even a little of this labor pain. Women who have undergone such massage had their labor 3 hours shorter than the others.
One reminder is that deep tissue massage isn’t really a cure for anything, it’s just a massage that could help you in other ways if ever your body aches. However, there are still some precautions that you must take before applying for this. Like for example, if you know that you have a blood clot somewhere in your body, do not sign up for this massage because it may dislodge the clot. You should also tell the therapist if you have wounds or bruise, allergies or other skin conditions, so they’ll know if you can continue with the session. Another thing is that people with osteoporosis would not take this massage, as so as pregnant women. Even though this massage is beneficial for a woman’s labor, it shouldn’t be taken while pregnant because it may affect your baby.
No matter how busy life could get, we shouldn’t forget to take care of ourselves. Rest when we’re tired, stop when it’s time, and just continue on the next day. Do not overwork ourselves because it will lead to no good.