Thursday, 18 September 2008

Massage - Simple Self Care Techniques to Rejuvenate the Soul

"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection." (unknown author)

Self love is the best remedy for knowing that you are going to get attention from at least one person each that...yes, you do count! People may come in and out of our it's about time that we embrace ourselves and allow the self love to pour out of us through every intentional movement. One of the most beneficial self treatments is massage. I will introduce to you a simple self treatment that can be performed daily with minimal effort.

All is you need is 10 minutes a day, a golf ball, comfortable clothing, and no distractions (unless you want to do this exercise with a group of people.)

First, tune into your body and imagine your body in complete balance. What would that feel like to you? If you need to, slightly bend the knees and allow the whole upper part of the body to just hang from the waist. Release the pelvic girdle, organs, rib cage, chest, shoulders, neck, arms, and hands. Let the body just hang loosely. After a few minutes, slowly roll back up to standing, one vertebrae at a time, allowing the neck and head to come up last. What sensations did you notice, if any?

Next, roll the golf ball under the right foot. Work from the inner edge of the foot (spine in reflexology)upper foot pad, toes, and outer edge of the foot to the heel. You don't necessarily need to focus on any routine. The most important piece is to bring awareness to areas of tension and focus on releasing it with the golf ball. Go as long as you need to, or five minutes.

Repeat the first step. This time, ask yourself how your body would feel if you were imbalanced. Once again, bend from the hips or waist and notice any changes in the body. Slowly roll up when you are ready.

Lastly, roll the golf ball under the left foot and notice what sensations arise. Continue working out your aches and pains, until you feel ready to cease the self massage.

Giving to yourself will allow for more energy to be given onto others. Self love through massage is a powerful tool for rejuvenation and release. If you feel pressed for time, simply do the golf ball massage and skip the forward bends. The most important technique is to internalize the loving kindness that radiates throughout your whole being.

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