Massage your way to wellness, using the skills that have been used for thousands of years. It’s good to learn a few safety caveats, as you obviously don’t want to massage over tumours or other areas that may not be good. And if you are pregnant or nursing, avoid essential oils or shea butter for latex allergies. Don’t use essential oils near pets or young children (air rooms afterwards) and don’t use in bedrooms, if pets sleep on your bed.
Having said that, good massage is a way to increase circulation, soften skin and can also help pain in some circumstances. Professional massage can even help to heal injury or even reduce swollen lymphs.
- Healing Massage offers proven techniques to relieve pain including Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, sports and acupressure. Find soothing ways to heal tense shoulders and hips, and also help carpal tunnel syndrome, digestive issues, insomnia, eyestrain and anxiety. Includes tips on aromatherapy and the application of heat and ice.
- A Little Book of Self-Care: Trigger Points offers 40 simple exercises to target long-term pain by releasing tender knots of connective tissue. The author (who runs a pain care clinic in London and Leeds) helps you locate trigger points then shows how to apply pressure, how long to sustain it and how often to repeat. Often with life-changing results.
- Massage for Beginners is an illustrated guide making it easy for anyone to learn these healing techniques. Licensed massage therapist Rachel Beider shows how to apply this powerful wellness tool to family, friends or oneself, with easy instructions.
- The Little Book of Baby Massage offers soothing techniques that can calm a child, written by a certified Infant Massage Instructor to help colic, teething and constipation. Calm and comfort your baby from head to toe with a full-body massage. To a baby, touch is talk. With these soothing techniques, you and your child can share some fulfilling communicative moments.
Healing Massage is a book of simple techniques to soothe pain, by a highly qualified massage therapist. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing (and avoid contraindicated massage). Avoid using essential oils near pets and young children. Find proven techniques to relieve pain including:
- Swedish massage
- Trigger point therapy
- Sports massage
Find soothing ways to help:
- Tense shoulders & hips
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Digestive issues
The book also includes tips on aromatherapy and the application of heat and ice.