The weekend vibes are here but we must not forget to recharge, rest and pamper to gear up for the upcoming week!
This week’s card from the Self-care Oracle is by far one of my favorite activities ever! Massages. Now, I know we all can’t have a masseur on call 24/7 but that doesn’t mean that we can’t pamper ourselves from the comfort of our very own home with our own hands.
Listening to your body is super important to your overall well-being and when it comes to massages, your body shows you were you’re in need of a little love and attention. One absolute MUST in my massage time is the mood… I make it a whole sacred ritual: carefully select the frequency music to set the tone, light up some incense or burn some lavender, make my favorite blend of oils and a few breath exercises.
When it comes to doing our own massages, obviously some body parts are unreachable (like our backs) but we can still hit important pressure & energy points that can help us relax and unwind.
Up next, you’ll find some suggestions from my own repertoire of Massage Go-To’s:
Lavender – Best known for it’s soothing and relaxing benefits. It can help to manage stress, insomnia, depression or anxiety and it has several beneficial properties for your skin, not to mention it’s my pick for headaches.
Chamomile – Helps promote quality sleep, relaxes, can smooth and soften skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is also a good ally for stress relief.
Peppermint – My second favorite oil when it comes to massages! It can help treat muscle spasms, sore muscles, and the benefits for this oil in our respiratory system are wonderful.
Rosemary – Also in my favorite blend because of its ability to reduce stress, tension, heighten clarity and mental functions as well as strengthen the immune system and soothe inflammation.
Ylang-Ylang – Powerful yet delightful. It soothes feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, tension and sleeplessness. It has a very potent floral scent, so if you don’t like your oils to be too powerful, I suggest you choose from the previous ones.
Rose – This may not be on other lists for relaxation and decompressing but I myself cannot help feeling like a Goddess when I smell rose oil. Filled with antioxidants, it’s an anti-inflammatory and skin moisturizer as well as a a stress reliever.
When it comes to essential oils, always forget to dilute with a carrier oil and double check that the oil you’d like to use (if not on this list) can have topical use. Also, always patch test to avoid allergic reactions.
Lavender, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Nag Champa, Rose, Patchouli, Frankincense or Orange.
And for breathing exercises, one of the videos I found super helpful can be found here.
All of these little tips you can use by yourself, but if you have a partner, friend, roommate, etc. That can give you a little massage, even better!
Here’s hoping you start the week fresh and re-energized!