Body, nurturing rituals

How to Practice Self-Massage

Harness the ultimate self-care practice: self-massage to relieve stress and tension in your body and mind, to leave you feeling calm and connected.

Massage has a power to balance the body, helping your muscles relax, improving circulation, invigorating the skin and encouraging regular bowel movements. By practicing massaging your own body, you can bring the benefits of massage into the comforts of your own home on a regular basis. My hope is that you can use self-massage as a tool to become more intimate with yourself, as a means to connect to yourself in a much deeper way. If you give this practice a try today, I’m sure you will walk away feeling pampered and nourished.

Read on as I walk you through this grounding ritual and dive into the following:

Benefits Of A Self-Massage Practice

By regularly indulging in making contact with your own skin, applying pressure in motion to the surface of your body, you’ll begin to notice the following incredible benefits:

  • A deeper connection with yourself
  • More freedom in your body
  • Softer, smoother skin
  • Better, deeper sleep at night
  • Toning of your muscles
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved lymphatic drainage
  • Nerves and tension melting
  • Nourished body and soul
  • Total relaxation
  • Increased mental alertness
  • Increased energy levels

What You Need To Practice Self-Massage

Some tools you can incorporate into your practice include:

  • Warm oil (following the Ayurvedic tradition of Abhyanga) – Suitable for a longer massage as the oil will provide a more oily base for a longer practice.
  • Rich body lotion or body butter (like my recipe for non-greasy whipped body butter for instance) – Suitable for a 5 to 10 minute post shower massage, nice and easy to incorporate into your daily self-care routine.
  • A massage ball (optional) – To roll around your body and apply pressure.
  • Your beautiful body, just as it is (not optional!)
Face self-massage practice, slowly making circular strokes around the cheeks.

A Playlist To Get You In The Mood

Combining music to your self-massage practice will deepen the experience, as well as helping you get out of your head and simply relax. I offer you this playlist as a resource to support your self-care practice and get right into those self-love vibes:

Step-By-Step Self-Massage Practice

  1. Prepare the space for your massage. Lay a towel or two down on a seat or on the ground. Alternatively you can also sit in the bathroom or bathtub. Get your music ready if you’re using some.
  2. Decide on the length of today’s massage. Is this a short 10 minute massage before getting dressed for the day? Or more like a vibey evening session with candles lit, incense going before getting ready for bed? Up to you.
  3. Warm your oil if you’d like to use some. Or alternatively get your body butter or lotion instead.
  4. Notice where you’re carrying tension in you body. Ask your body what it needs in this moment. Releasing some tightness? Or do you need some new energy perhaps?
  5. Begin to spread oil or body butter across your legs, arms, stomach, chest, butt, all over, basically. Take deep breaths as you go, feeling into each area.
  6. You can set an intention for your self-massage session by deciding what is the energy you want to give your own body through your own hands right now. Don’t underestimate the energy coming through the palms of your hands and the healing that is available through your own touch.
  7. Intuitively massage your body starting from the crown of your head or your face and slowly making your way down the body. Focusing attention on the areas that need it the most.
  8. Massage the face in circular motions on the temples, forehead, cheeks and jaws, ears.
  9. Ideally, you want to make long strokes across the arms and legs, always moving in an upward motion towards your heart. Around joints, however, make circular motions, to stimulate the articulations, particularly wrists, ankles, elbows and shoulders. Around the abdomen and stomach, you’ll want to make big circular motions as well.
  10. In general, move your hands gently (or more firmly depending on what you need) across your body. Give your body all the love it deserves, especially the areas you may normally be a little hard on. Give thanks for all that your body enables you to do.

Now It’s Your Turn

So, I pray you’ll try this self-care practice as a little experiment. If self-massage is completely new to you, start with just five to ten minutes, just to get to know yourself. By the end of it, you’ll feel a deeper connection to yourself and hopefully also more comfortable and free in your own skin.

I’m sure that after reading about this simple practice, you’ll be intrigued to give it a go yourself. And by incorporating it into your regular self-care routine, you’ll benefit from this super accessible stress reliever, available right at your fingertips.

Do let me know in the comments below how it goes for you!