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5 Ways to Massage Your Whole Body by Yourself

5 Ways to Massage Your Whole Body by Yourself

The daily routine can take a toll on you, mentally and physically. You need to have relaxation time so that the body and mind can recover from exhaustion and stay fresh. Just as meditation helps in calming the mind, you can refresh the body by massaging it.

Massage is more effective and safer than taking prescription pills. You can massage your feet, head, shoulders or the thighs. You do not need to spend a lot of money on massage as you can do it yourself.

Here are some simple massage therapies that you could do yourself. In this way, you do not have to spend money to get a healthy and fit body.

1. Relieving the Stress of Tired Eyes:

It is possible that your eyes are tired after a busy day. You can relieve the stress of the eyes with a simple therapy.

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All you have to do is to close them and put your thumb under the eyebrows. You should start at the inside corner of the socket of eyes and press and gently.  massage using circular movement, working slowly towards the outsides of your eyebrows. Continuing the massage all around your eyes

It is a tender place and important for relieving the stress of the eyes. The movement should end at the bridge of your nose. If you repeat the simple massage using your thumbs, you will be able to relieve the eyes strain.

2. Getting Rid of Tension and Headaches:

If you are bothered by headaches then you can use a simple massage therapy to get rid of them. You can also release tension from your body with this simple therapy.

The first step is to place the thumbs on your cheekbones. The thumbs should be placed close to the ears. Apply pressure to the area by using fingertips. Do not apply too much pressure and the fingers should be gentle.

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Do not apply too much pressure and the fingers should be gentle. Rub your temples with fingertips. It is a delicate place present between the ear and the eye. You should apply firm pressure and use tiny circular motions. Move the fingers slowly along the hairline and they should meet in the centre of the forehead. This simple motion will make sure that that the whole forehead is massaged and relieved of any possible stress.

3. Keep your Hands Relaxed:

Here are some simple movements that can help relieving the strain of working all day. You can stretch the hands and fingers. You need to rub the fingers, starting from base to the tip of fingers.

You should also gently twist and pull each finger. The next simple movement is resting the left hand on your lap and make sure the palm is facing upwards. You need to squeeze the fleshy part of the hand between the thumb and index finger. The movement should move from wrist to the base of the thumb. The next step is to press the web that is present between thumb and left index finger. You need to repeat the movement more than once if you find any tender spots.

You should repeat the motion with the right hand as well. Hand massages are not just good for hands but can also help in relieving you of headaches.

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4. Get Rid of any Tension in the Neck:

There are easy massage therapies that can help in relieving any tension in the neck area. People spend a whole day sitting and working on their laptops or computer can suffer from tension in the neck.

If you feel pain in the neck area then it will be difficult to concentrate. You can release the tension by just moulding your hands over the shoulders and exhale. While exhaling you need to let the head drop slowly. You also need to squeeze the fingers as you glide them on the muscles of the shoulders and move towards the neck. The next movement is to put your elbows on the desk and let the head drop forward.

The movement should be slow and not jerky. You need to massage the neck starting from shoulders and going towards the base of the skull. Use the fingertips while massaging and do it with small circular movements.

5. Taking Care of the Feet:

If you have to stay on your feet whole day then you will end up with sore and painful feet. You can get rid of the pain before it becomes serious by massaging them. You can simply use a tennis ball for relieving the stress of the feet.

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Place the ball under the feet, put your weight on it and roll it from heel to toe. You can use a water bottle afterwards to ice your feet.

These are some of the simple massage therapies that you can do yourself. By practising them you can give yourself a full body massage without any cost.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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