Massage Tips for Better Sleep

September 15, 2012

Tense muscles prevent us from feeling calm and relaxed; this is one of the main reasons why people go to massage parlors and spas. Massaging our body enables clogged air to be released, thereby promoting blood circulation. It also prevents muscle cramps that are usually a result of tired muscles and joints.

With the stress from school or work making our heads hurt and backs ache, we often sleep fitfully and wake up feeling tired! In this article, we will talk about massage tips for key parts of our bodies so we can sleep much better.

Let us start from the FACE.

Tension, stress and all our emotions show on our faces. This is one of the reasons why we need to let our face muscles relax. No one likes to feel ugly and old, but skin aging may be a result of tense faces.

Start by rubbing the chin area up to the cheeks then make a circular motion in the cheekbone area. Gently massage the part where eye bags appear using your thumb, then around the eyebrows to forehead, and then continue to massage the head. Try to put some pressure on the forehead.

HEAD, this is certainly a part of the body that needs to be pampered. Headaches, migraines, and the like are common manifestations of stress. Why not let go of tension by giving yourself a head massage like the ones you get from salons? Gently massage your scalp when washing your hair. Pulling on the strands of hair also helps release some air from your hair roots to feel more relaxed. After this, your head would feel much lighter.

After massaging the face and head, lay face down to massage your EARS and NAPE. Pinch the ears from the ear lobes upward. Good blood circulation in our ears helps us feel calm. Then make a circular motion of rubbing the side of the neck to the nape. Put more pressure at the nape part for more soothing relief, and then go to the shoulders.

Find a relaxing position to massage the SHOULDERS, knead it with gestures of big pinches. Start at the middle part (at the lower part of the nape) then continue up to the shoulder blades. Be careful not to press down too hard as it may cause choking.

Next is the SPINE. Massage the spine area from top to bottom with your fingertips. Follow the pattern with a little pressure. It would release a relaxing feeling that will let you feel sleepy.

Then down to the LEGS and FEET. With the whole day at work, sometimes our feet are the most tired part of the body. All pressure is being chunked down to it. There are numerous pressure points on our feet but just start by gently massaging the leg with your knuckles and then massage it with a wiping motion. Before going down to the foot, make a chopping motion to the entire leg. After that, massage the foot by putting heavy pressure with your fingertips. This way, clogged air can be released and it will definitely make you more relaxed.

Maximize these massage tips by using lavender or chamomile oil for a more soothing scent. Both oils contain a sedative-like chemical that helps us feel calm and sleepy. A relaxing massage is guaranteed to give you a good night’s sleep after a stressful day at work or school.