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Appreciating Massage Therapy

After I hurt my back a few years ago, my entire life changed. In addition to making it hard to work, my back problems also made it difficult to take care of my home and my children. However, a friend mentioned massage therapy, and I decided to give it a try. Within a few sessions, I could move and breathe better, which opened up a world of possibilities for me. This blog is dedicated to helping others see the benefits of massage therapy, so that you can transform your body and your life. You never know, a simple massage could help you to feel better than ever.


Appreciating Massage Therapy

Using A Foam Roller For A Self-Massage

by Aischa Van Ekeren

Sometimes, you just can't get into the massage parlor. When receiving a massage is impossible on a particular day, you should instead find ways to give yourself a massage. Doing so will require that you learn how to use certain tools, such as the foam roller.

Back Rolls

Target your upper back by lying on your back and placing a foam roller underneath your back. Cross your arms in front of your body. Raise your hips up off the ground. Shift your body so that the roller moves from your upper to lower back, back and forth. If you experience more pain in your upper back, focus on rubbing the upper back with your roller instead. You do not have to necessarily target the area that is experiencing pain because the pain in one area can be caused by tension in a nearby area.

Heel Rolls

If your heel hurts, place the foam roller underneath your feet and roll the foam piece up and down, massaging your feet. Turn your feet inward and then outward when massaging, so you can target each part of your foot.

Calf and Hamstring Rolls

When your hamstrings or calves are very tight, sit down and place the foam roller in front of you. Place one of your legs on top of the roller with your calf touching it. Extend and bend your leg to move the roller back and forth, massaging your leg.

Continuous Pressure

When using rollers, you want to move the roller as slowly as possible. Sometimes, if a pressure point is especially tight, it is better to use a foam roller to apply constant pressure to a trigger point. For example, if you have a neck that hurts, lay down with the foam roller underneath your neck to provide continuous pressure.

It Band Rolls

Lay down on your side. Place your bottom leg on the foam roller. Make sure the roller is between your knee and your hip. Then, cross the top leg. Roll the roller back an forth between your hip and your knee.

One of the mistakes that amateurs make when performing massages on themselves is that they do not apply enough force. Massages are meant to hurt and if you find a tender spot that experiences pain when being massaged, you will likely need to rub the area further.

Given how difficult it is to give and receive a massage, it's always a good idea to get a professional massage therapist. One place that might be able to meet your needs is Lakeside Spa Relaxation Massage.