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Ear Reflexology

In Massage and Self Care on December 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Auricular Ear Acupuncture is a micro-system of acupuncture that can be used to relax, relieve pain, and improve the functioning of our internal organs. While it is most effective when points are located exactly through charts and precision palpation, an overall ear massage can greatly benefit our health. By using your thumb and index finger, begin to rub the outer edge of your ear, also called the helix. Follow the helix down the ear until you reach your earlobe. Pull gently on your earlobe several times. Move above your ear lobe and begin to massage each of the remaining areas of your ear. The tragus, which is located just above your earlobe, is very helpful to activate the mind and relieve headaches.  To finish squeeze your ear with firm yet gentle pressure between your thumb and the inner edge of your curled index finger and give your ear a series of 9 circular rotations each direction, with enough pressure to feel like a firm tug.

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Self Reflexology

In Massage and Self Care on November 17, 2010 at 12:12 am

Self Hand and Foot Massage
Reflexology is a system of massage and acupressure treatment where specific points on the hands and feet are used to improve the health and functioning of the entire body. It is possible to benefit from this practice even without a through understanding of reflexology charts. A basic massage oil or hand lotion can be used to gently rub all of your hands and/or feet, it can be helpful to add peppermint essential oil as well. The peppermint will help increase circulation to your extremities. Start by rubbing fingers on the hands or toes on the feet respectively  then continue to rub your palms and/or the soles of your feet, including the back of your hand and/or tops of your feet, there are some very useful points there as well.

Pay attention to any tender spots you find so that you can focus more on these areas. You will soon discover which places feel the best and which ones need more attention. A daily practice of Hand and Foot massage can relieve tension we accumulate in these areas from working and walking around all day, stuffing our feet in uncomfortable shoes all day and even more importantly it can  affect and improve the function of our entire body as well.

Abdominal Self Massage

In Massage and Self Care on November 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Abdominal Massage
This type of self-massage is best used after meals to improve digestion and/or to stimulate elimination when there is need or by women during their menstrual cycle. To perform abdominal massage, place one hand over the other as they lay above your naval. Breathe deeply as you move your hands together in a  circular-motion around your belly in a clock-wise direction. The clock-wise direction is synchronous with the digestive pathway of your colon. Repeat this motion for several minutes focusing your mind on your hands and continue to breathe deeply to warm your abdomen and improve circulation.

After a few minutes of this slow steady circular motion you may continue following the same circular, clock-wise pathway only add a light vibration to the motion by quickly, yet gently bouncing your fingertips into your abdomin as they travel across, down and around your tummy.  This added vibration stimulates peristalsis through out your digestive system and provides a great internal organ massage energizing them and improving their function.

QiGong Tapping Massage

In Massage and Self Care on November 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

This form of self-massage is commonly used by many Qi Gong and Tai Chi practitioners while warming up before or cooling down after their meditative and movement practices. You can use it to energize yourself in the morning or before a workout. Start by forming your hands into a loose fist so that you can firmly tap your body from head to toe along the meridian pathways. First, tap you body along both the inside and outside of each arm. Then tap your torso down the front of your chest, continuing down to the front of your thighs. Repeat the tapping on the inside, outside, and back of your legs to cover the entire lower body. Finally, tap along your neck and behind your back to cover the remaining areas. This practice can be repeated several times, until your feel your body warm up from the increased blood flow.
You can also do this as slapping technique with loosely cupped hands rather than fists or by tapping with your fingertips and thumbs bunched together kind of like you are mimicking a birds beak pecking rythmically along the meridian points.

Self Massage and Self Care

In Massage and Self Care on October 21, 2010 at 5:27 am

You are not always able to receive the healing touch from a trained massage therapist. While that is a great pity you can learn to reconnect with your body by yourself and it can be a profound practice. So let’s learn a few self-massage techniques that you can use to improve your health.
The sensation of touch is one of the most profound and healing experiences we share. Often, we become consumed and over-burdened with our mental thoughts that we are completely disconnected from our bodies. Through touch, we can reconnect our mind and body allowing relaxation and the release from stress and tension.

Tips for Self-Massage
Self-massage can be an excellent daily practice to keep your body healthier and your mind more relaxed.
Remember to focus your mind on your breath to enhance the healing effects. When you hands become warm during this practice, you are guiding your own self-healing energy to your body.
Self-massage can be done at home without any special tools or training. Just feel your body and it will guide you in your self-massage practice.

I plan to make this a 5 part series which will include self massage techniques for: Qi Gong Tapping Massage, Abdominal Massage, Hand and Foot Massage, Ear Massage and Self Massage Tools.

If you have suggestions as to anything else to add to the list of Self Massage Topics or any questions on the subject, please share.

Healing Hand Massage the Blog!

In Massage and Self Care on October 21, 2010 at 4:41 am

Hello, for those of you who do not know me, my name is Anthony Statler.  I have been a licensed massage therapist in the Kansas City Area for 11 years and have decided that is what I want to be when I grow up.

I am here to discuss all things health, wellness, fitness, meditation, qigong, chinese medicine, bio-physics, massage related and well frankly any other interesting topic that comes along.

I would love to hear from you about your own knowledge and experiences with massage and other health and wellness practices.  So please chime in.  Thanks.