Self-Massage Techniques

DIY Self-Massage Techniques

 

 

While a PLANT-Based diet and regular exercise are by far the best methods for significant, lasting weight loss, massage therapy can also play a huge role in toning those stubborn areas. Many people struggle with excess fat around the abdominal region, thighs and upper arms. Despite our best efforts, sometimes diet and exercise alone just aren’t enough to melt those persistent layers of fat.

Massage therapy works by stimulating the muscles, organs, nervous, digestive and lymphatic systems, as well as by targeting the build-up of subcutaneous fat: Those hard little marbles stored under the skin. You can literally feel them. Just grab a big, healthy handful of fat, squeeze hard, rolling it in the palm so you can feel the inner layers. See what I mean?

In addition to melting fat and toning the body, massage therapy also offers the following benefits:

  • Detoxification
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Improved digestion
  • Increased energy
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Cellulite reduction
  • Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
  • Improves mood and sleep

 

As you can see, there are many benefits to adopting massage therapy into your daily routine.  If you don’t have the money or time to visit a professional masseuse every day or week, don’t worry. Self-massage can be done from the privacy of your own home, and is a fantastic way to contour your body. There are various methods available to the aspiring self-masseuse, including cupping therapy and deep tissue massage.

Below are several techniques for self deep tissue massage, that when combined with our Tone-Up massage oil, can significantly decrease the levels of accumulated fat and cellulite. To reduce the appearance of stretch marks, try these same techniques using our Confidence massage oil.

 

Abdominal self-massage techniques

  1. To start, lie down in bed and have a towel or blanket under you to catch any oil spillage. You don’t want to ruin your sheets!
  2. Pour a liberal amount of massage oil onto the stomach, gently rubbing in with the palms of your hands. First move in circular motions, and then up and down, alternating the two. Right now we are just focused on thoroughly warming the area, which makes the fat cells more receptive. Do this for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Then, moving in a clockwise direction, apply pressure with your hands/fingertips and begin to move in small circles around the bellybutton area. Widen the circles as you go, so eventually you are rubbing the entire stomach. After three minutes, repeat in a counter-clockwise direction for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Then, using the fingertips, pinch the fat until you can feel those pesky little marbles moving around in there. Squeeze those marbles! Pull them out towards the surface of the skin. Play with them! (but not too hard or you will bruise yourself!) Do this to the entire stomach for about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Then, start “kneading” the fat in the palm of your hand. To do this, basically, just grab a chunk of fat and start massaging it, kneading it like you would dough. Alternate the movements by applying pressure and then releasing pressure, going back and forth. Do it until it feels good and natural. Working in small sections, knead the entire stomach pretty vigorously (again, without hurting or bruising yourself!) for about 5 minutes.
  6. To finish, move your hands in long, vertical strokes from your lower belly up to the ribs. Apply a moderate amount of pressure, covering the entire stomach in sections. Do this for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Relax.

 

Upper arm self-massage

  1. In a standing or sitting position, warm up the arm up by gently rubbing in massage oil from hand to shoulder. Do this just as you would apply lotion.
  2. Then, with more pressure, begin massaging in more vigorous vertical motions, from wrist to shoulder. Move up and down quickly to create heat. Do this for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Then, using the fingertips, pinch the fat until you can feel those pesky little marbles moving around in there. Squeeze those marbles! Pull them out towards the surface of the skin. Play with them! (but not too hard or you will bruise yourself!) Do this to the entire upper arm for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Then, start “kneading” the fat in the palm of your hand. To do this, basically, just grab a chunk of fat and start massaging it, kneading it like you would dough. Alternate the movements by applying pressure and then releasing pressure, going back and forth. Do it until it feels good and natural. Working in small sections, knead the entire stomach pretty vigorously (again, without hurting or bruising yourself!) for about 5 minutes.
  5. To finish, first move in fast, and then gentle, vertical motions again. Do this for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Relax.

 

Thigh and hip self-massage

  1. In a standing position, rest one foot on a chair, table or bed. Gently spread some massage oil over the entire thigh and hip area. Do this for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Using long, upward strokes while applying pressure, start by massaging the entire thigh, working your way toward the hips. Do this for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Then, using the fingertips, pinch the fat until you can feel those pesky little marbles moving around in there. Squeeze those marbles! Pull them out towards the surface of the skin. Play with them! (but not too hard or you will bruise yourself!) Do this to the entire thigh and hip area for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Then, start “kneading” the fat in the palm of your hand. To do this, basically, just grab a chunk of fat and start massaging it, kneading it like you would dough. Alternate the movements by applying pressure and then releasing pressure, going back and forth. Do it until it feels good and natural. Working in small sections, knead the entire stomach pretty vigorously (again, without hurting or bruising yourself!) for about 5 minutes.
  5. To finish, first move in fast, and then gentle, vertical motions again. Do this for 2-3 minute.
  6. Relax.
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