For most of us, massages are our gateway to a therapeutic state of temporary, yet blissful relaxation. For just a moment in time, we’re given the opportunity to rest both our bodies and minds. Still, it doesn’t feel like it lasts more than an hour and we usually end up paying more than we’d like to admit. It’s your typical cat-and-mouse game in life, but we always seem to come running back for more. What if we could get the same physical and mental benefits without the price tag? Well, breakout the notepad and take notes as we explore two different methods of massage therapy at home.
The Self-Massage Method
By purchasing your own massage products and supplies, you take matters into your own hands. This is the cheapest option out there when it comes to in-home massage therapy techniques. There are many different products when it comes to self-massage, but let’s stick to the products that won’t break the bank.
Believe it or not, a simple rubber ball ($5) strategically placed on sore muscles can bring much needed relief. The idea is to place the rubber ball between your sore area and the floor or wall. By applying pressure, you begin loosening up your tight tendons and releasing built up fascial adhesions within your muscles. Typically, we use either a lacrosse ball or racquet ball for this type of self-massage.
Additionally, foam rollers ($20-$25) have become very popular among self-massage enthusiasts. The foam roller consists of multiple tiny foam spikes that work themselves deep into sore muscles and tendons by using your own body weight. When used regularly, the foam roller can help increase flexibility, fix body posture and aid in muscle tissue recovery.
The Partner Method
For some, simply massaging themselves doesn’t quite do the trick. If that’s the case, this particular method might sound slightly unusual, but the results will be worth your time. It involves a partnership (i.e. significant other, best friend, etc…) where you both learn the basic techniques of proper massage therapy. The overall process will involve multiple classes together, more money than most massage sessions and a high degree of patience. But, in the end, you both get to walk away with your own personal masseuse. Anytime you need a quick massage, your partner will literally have your back and, vice versa, you’ll have theirs.
If you’re really serious about your new hobby, you can always invest in your own massage table. Depending on the quality and type, you can find most massage tables for under $300. Most tables are portable, adjustable and can be used for other forms of therapy. However, the best gift will be your ability to experience the spa right at home.
The fact is, there are many different ways to get the in-home massage you want. Each of the methods above are only meant to introduce us to the alternatives. Because, we shouldn’t have to choose between our need for massages and our disposable income. Well, it’s time for you to take back both and finally ditch the old school methods of massage therapy.