Massage & Relaxation
Massages can provide a lot of benefits from improved sleep to reduction of tension. You probably know the feeling of tightness in your neck and back from stress or working on the computer too much. A massage that helps to loosen your muscles helps not only your body but may also help your mind. But it is a challenge to find the time and money to go to the spa for a massage on a regular basis. For that reason and to help reduce the pain on your own, you turn to at-home massage options.
There are numerous massage tools available to provide relief from sore muscles and stress-induced tightness. Small, handheld massagers target specific problem areas, often designed for the feet, back or neck. Foam rollers help runners and other cardio buffs ease soreness and relax the tension in muscles and ligaments. Massage cushions offer rotating nodes that go up and down your body to help massage and ease the tension.
You can use massage accessories as a complement to tools. Items such as massage wraps, paraffin hand baths, foot spas and more may help ease your suffering if you feel sore and out of sync. Healing crystals are sometimes featured in massage with different stones supposedly having different properties, such as boosting your confidence or helping you to find inner peace.
In addition, massage lotion and oils should be considered to help moisturize your skin and provide additional relaxation and comfort, whether you use them alone or as part of a massage. In addition, essential oils have become popular in recent years as alternative ways to relieve stress, get over illnesses and more. Combined with massage, essential oils may help reduce tension in your body.
In the end, it will take some trial and error to find the massage tools, oils, lotions and techniques that will work best for you. If you think you have an injury or other underlying medical condition causing your pain, you should first visit a medical professional in order to receive an accurate diagnosis.