By James_M_Harris (Guest Blogger).

We all crave a good massage. Even if we are not suffering from any long-term problems or pains, almost everyone loves being pampered and getting maximum pleasure out of a relaxing experience. Having someone, or something to massage you with a therapeutic touch can be a very good experience.
Massaging helps to relax nerves, muscle pains, spasms and aches, anxiety, and most importantly – stress. It also works effectively on the unsightly cellulite build-ups on the body. Overall, it can improve your general health and well-being by improving blood circulation in the body. But how will you get the benefits of massage?

Going to massage spas and salons may not be a viable option as it may be financially taxing and will make your daily schedule go haywire. Often, the available time slots may not fit in with your schedule. Add to that the inconvenience of the long durations of massage sessions. Not to mention, massages in spas and salons can be really expensive!
A viable alternative is “self-massage.”

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Although massaging oneself may seem somewhat incongruous, with the help of some particular techniques it may be just what you are looking for. Self-massage is the ‘in thing’ in this age of self-help. Think of the memorable saying, “God helps those who help themselves.” You can certainly help yourself through self-massage.
Self-massage can be beneficial for everyone, in this whirlwind of our busy everyday lives. Most of us choose to go online to order a pizza or spend hours on the phone recollecting how bad the day has been. Why then can’t we get the time for self-massage, especially since it can be a relaxing end to a stressful day?

Vibrating handheld devices, massage balls, foam and plastic rollers,etc. are all part of the equipment that can be used for self-massage. All these self massage aids have their own applications, all beneficial. You can use a handheld device while watching TV, reading, sitting, or even while resting on the bed. But the truth is, all you really need to perform self massage are your own hands. There are many resources available on the web which can teach you self massage techniques.

In conclusion, if you want to reap the benefits of massage without having to leave your house, you should definitely try out self-massage. The solution lies, quite literally, at your fingertips!
I’ve been practicing yoga for many years, and now that I’m teaching yoga too, I’m excited about sharing everything I’ve learned. Of course my own journey as a student continues. I trying to learn everything I can about human anatomy and trying to bring that knowledge into my practice and my teaching. I highly recommend that you do the same. I’m interested in being able to not just teach yoga to others, but to really help people to live better lives outside the yoga studio. I love how yoga can enrich people’s lives more than any other form of therapy. One of my favorite resources for learning about self massage is Jill Miller’s Yoga Tune Up® site. Hopefully one day I will know as much about the human body as Jill. You should really check out her site:
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Cynthia’s Comments:

Jill has the right idea about self-massage, using self-massage myself now for over 19 years and becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Reiki and Reflexology Practitioner and Intuitive Reader/Healer Practitioner; I have learned a lot about self-massage and using tools around my home to help with pain, and stress of everyday life. Just being a parent with two teenage girls is enough to stress anyone out! With self-massage, Reiki and Reflexology and sometimes using the universal energy helps a lot to relax the muscles and the mind, thus relaxing your whole body; yes, it is great to a massage or any other treatment, but it is not always the right time, place, and even sometimes we just do not have the extra money to get a massage. This is way I feel so strongly about sharing all that I have learned about self-massage, Reiki, and Reflexology to help maintain one’s self until you can have a treatment. Using the tools around you is like Jill said “just at your finger tips.” Check out the Self-Massage Books that are offered on my site. Just click the link and it will take you right there! May you find the magic in the touch of your very own hand!

Cynthia :)