Quick Massage Secrets for Busy Parents Who Need Help
Exhaustion. It’s how many new parents describe their life.
Is this you?
New messes show up faster than you can clean the old ones. You constantly have one or more tornadoes rampaging through your home. There’s always more clothes, shoes and toys to put away.
Then there’s breakfast, dishes, lunch, more dishes, laundry and vacuuming. And if both of you work (as most do), multiply this by ten.
Add on school, holidays, sports, injuries and work emergencies. Will the demands and stresses ever end?
You used to exercise and try to stay healthy. And there was this elusive thing called quality time.
And of course, talking to a trained massage therapist can actually help you get your life back together.
Yet many still mistakenly believe that relief is only available at high priced health spas or in a medical setting.
Secret #1: Two Kinds of Massage
First of all, professional massage can be very affordable.
And what about self massage?
Why not both?
In fact, a pro treatment can help you learn how to consciously relax. In between sessions. For the times when self massage is a lifesaver.
How does this self massage thing work?
Three simple steps. And five minutes (or more) can be simply amazing.
Secret #2: Focus On Your Breathing
It’s great for reducing stress and for starting your self massage.
- Close your eyes, if you’re in a place where you can.
- Place one hand on your stomach.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose.
- Feel the air fill your stomach area with your hand.
- Try not to move your chest and shoulders – only your stomach.
- Exhale slowly and deliberately through your mouth.
- Focus completely on your breathing for a minute or more.
Secret #3: Use Massage to Relax Problem Areas
You can do this while continuing to breathe deeply if you want.
What area of your body feels stressed or tight?
If it’s your shoulders, try doing shoulder shrugs a few times, tensing and relaxing your neck and shoulders.
If it’s your neck that’s tight, squeeze the back of your neck or shoulders a bit with your fingers.
Tension in your forehead? Massage your scalp and forehead with your fingers. Or try placing the heel of your palms over your eyes.
You can also gently press around your eyes with your fingers.
Try squeezing your feet or calves. Or massaging your pectoral muscles in your chest.
Pressing on your lower back can relieve your lumbar area. Try hugging a couple pillows to stretch and relax your upper back.
This wellness routine can do wonders. Try to keep it up for at least three minutes.
Secret #4: Stretch
Once you complete the massage, gently stretch your hands, arms and any other area that still feels tight or tired.
This relieves any residual tension created by the massage effort. And as you repeat this 5 minute exercise, you’ll find your hands and arms will adjust even more.
These three steps can become a truly healing, relaxing and restorative event. And with practice, your body will learn how to respond to these 5-minute breaks and relax even more quickly.
If you’re a new parent (or parents to be), massage can help you adjust to all your lifestyle changes. And give you a break from your worries.
For pregnant moms, massage can also relieve physical discomforts such as headaches, constipation and heartburn that can come along with the joys of expecting.
It’s hard to replace the great results from a trained massage therapist, but even with these 5-minute sessions, you’re teaching yourself how to relax and unwind.
How can I help? Call me at 303-920-2350 with any questions, concerns or to find out how massage can make life better for you.
by Sarah Shropshire
LMT, Essential Oil Consultant and Business Owner