Christmas can be a wonderful time for many, but for some it can be a truly stressful experience. We have put together some fantastic self massage tools to add to your kit bag of stress management tips to be used particularly when your roasties aren’t browning as quick as you would like or your distant aunt turns up on your doorstep on Christmas eve.
So instead of reaching for another glass of wine, maybe learn how to do massage and you should feel a lot better afterwards.
Sit comfortably with your back supported against the back of the chair, feet firmly on the ground and hands and arms open and relaxed.
1) With a deep breath in, raise the shoulders towards the ears and hold them raised for a few seconds. Then slowly breathe out and drop the shoulders. Repeat several times.
2) Place your left hand on your right shoulder. Squeeze gently and then release. Repeat down the right arm to the elbow. Repeat several times. Place your right hand on your left shoulder and repeat the exercise.
3) Place the fingers of both hands at the base of your skull; apply slow circular pressures down from the base of the skull to the base of the neck.
4) Now close your eyes and relax your face muscles. Be aware of your eye muscles, your jaw and your forehead. Place the fingers of both hands on each side of the temples and slowly massage in circular motion. Repeat several times.
5) Finish by cupping your hands over your eyes and holding for several seconds. This helps to release tension and tightness in the face.
at One are available for offices to learn more about how we can manage our stress more effectively, with practical guides and strategies. Or you may decide that an onsite massage is just what you need. See our corporate massage prices page and you can have the best of both worlds.