Regular therapeutic massage sessions offer significant benefits beyond the instant relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress are likely to get sick more than others. Mix stress with lack of sleep and poor diet, and our body’s ability to naturally defend itself against bacteria and infection is seriously reduced.
Stress management is a key factor for anyone striving to reach a balanced lifestyle. Massage therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective ways for achieving stress relief. Research studies show massage therapy in fact boosts the body’s immune system, which can become compromised from prolonged periods of stress.
Jitka Frajbisova, LMT
This is for those of us who over-use our forearm muscles with repetitive, precise movements of our hands and fingers. If you’re reading this blog, you probably need the work to release muscle tension that’s built up over the years from all the mouse-clicking you’ve done…
Take care not to overdo it with this technique. It’s easy to go for the burn when working on yourself – you feel a little pain and think it’s therapeutic in the moment, but then the next day find you’ve given yourself bruises. When doing any kind of deep tissue work, go in slowly until you have a feel for what’s appropriate.
Sit at a desk or dining room table. Lay your left forearm down on the table in front of you, palm facing down. Starting up toward the elbow crease of the left forearm, place your right elbow onto a tight spot on the left forearm. Just rest the tip of the elbow into the muscle and hold for a few seconds – no need to press down or force anything. Then, when you’re ready, begin raising and lowering your right hand as if you’re hammering something into the table – your right elbow remains pressing into the same spot of muscles on the left forearm. Don’t move the right elbow around, just keep it in one spot while continuing with the hammering motion. It’s really as simple as that. The hammering motion of bending and straightening your arm moves the elbow joint around into those tight, sore spots in your forearm, massaging the muscle fibers as it rests on top of them.
Go slowly to start, and if it feels right, experiment with hammering a little faster. Stay in one spot and hammer the table about ten times, then move the right elbow to another tight spot and repeat.
One you’ve worked out the tightness in the left forearm, switch elbows and work on the muscles of the right forearm.
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