Self-Care Massage Techniques
Stop what you’re doing! Take five minutes out of your day to relax, reboot, and re-energize with these 7 Self Care Massage Techniques:
- Raise your arms up and over your head. Take a deep breath in. Slowly exhale as you bring your arms back and down to your side.
- While seated, twist to your right and pause for 15 seconds. Do the same for the left side.
- Stand up with your feet wider than hip distance apart. Fold at the hips and let your upper body hang. Your hands can hold the opposite elbow or rest on the floor. Breath into your upper middle back.
- Take a moment to work scented lotion into your hands and enjoy the aromatherapy. Try my favorite, organic lavender!
- Place a rubber ball or tennis ball under your feet. Roll and massage the arch of your foot or stiff muscles for an energy boost.
- Fill a small paper cup with water, pop it in a freezer, and you’re ready for an ice massage! Gently massage what ails you. Peel the paper as the ice melts.
- Try a foam roller or a rolling pin from your kitchen cabinet. Roll back and forth over large muscle groups such as your thighs, lower legs, and hips.
If these Self Care Massage techniques still aren’t cutting it, come into OMBE for a massage. You’ll be relaxed in no time!
Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS Licensed Massage Therapist
Kristen Lutz, a Nationally Certified Licensed Massage Therapist, is a graduate of Cortiva Institute - Boston (formerly Muscular Therapy Institute) in Watertown, MA. As a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Massachusetts Chapter of the AMTA, her work is centered upon supporting clients in achieving optimal health and well being through listening and understanding individual needs . She integrates various massage techniques into each personalized session. These techniques include Swedish (relaxation), deep tissue, sports massage, orthopedic massage, neuromuscular (trigger point) therapy, and myofascial release along with stretching, range of motion, and breath work. She is currently training to be certified in Advanced Orthopedic Massage. Having completed the Usui Method Reiki II Certification, clients can benefit from the integration of energy work and balancing along with massage therapy.
Clients benefit from Kristen's approach that each client is unique and no one treatment is alike. This customized approach leads to a more effective treatment. Kristen, a New England native, has been living in Boston for the past seven years. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH while playing collegiate women's volleyball. She continued with her education and graduated with a M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has worked in the health and wellness field as an exercise physiologist.