At-Home Massage Tips + Product Guide
Whether you’re a massage pro or a beginner, an at-home massage is a fantastic way to relax. Not only does it comes with the general benefits of a massage including improved circulation and pain reduction, but it also comes with the comfort of being in your own home. Here are some of our top tips for at-home massage techniques.
Take your time.
Slow down and focus on areas that feel tense. Try to think of areas that might be tighter than others. For example, do you often sit hunched over a desk, causing neck and shoulder pain? Perhaps you work out often and experience a lot of muscle tension in your legs? Take time to tend to the areas that need it most. Remember, it’s a massage, not a race!
Create a relaxing environment.
Turn down the lighting and put on some soft music. Burn a candle with a relaxing scent or use an essential oil diffuser. Although you aren’t at a spa, it’s important make your surroundings as pleasant and soothing as possible. After all, the goal of a massage is to relieve stress and tension.
Avoid pinching or grabbing muscles.
The goal of a massage is to relax muscles, not injure them. Like with exercise, muscles need to be warmed up before the use of intense pressure. Use your whole hand to begin the massage. Keep your fingers together as you warm up the muscles for a few minutes. Then, slowly, you can begin to knead as necessary.
Listen to the body.
Whether you are massaging yourself or someone else, it’s important to continually check-in. If you’re massaging yourself, be mindful of the sensations you feel. If you’re massaging someone else, frequently ask them how they feel. Don’t be afraid to lighten up on the pressure, apply more massage product or take a break if needed. Listening is one of the most important components of massage.
Use the right massage product.
It’s important to use the right product for a successful at-home massage. Between lotions and creams, it can get confusing to find an option that is best suited for your needs. Premax offers a variety of versatile, high-quality massage tools. Created by spots physiotherapist Randall Cooper, these products are perfect for your at-home massage arsenal. We’ll take you through the best ways to use each Premax product.
For doing a quick massage, lotion is your best choice. Its lightweight formula quickly absorbs into the skin, making for a mess-free massage. Lotion is also perfect for targeting dry areas because of its moisturizing properties. Premax’s non-greasy massage lotion features sweet almond oil and shea butter for soft skin. It’s especially good for giving yourself (or someone else) a luxurious head, face or neck massage at home. Because it has the most amount of glide, we recommend lotion for gentler massage techniques such as Swedish massage.
If you want to try a more in-depth massage, a cream will likely work better. Because of its thicker consistency, it delivers more resistance than lotion. This feature makes it easy to glide and work on larger surface areas like the back or shoulders without the product sinking into the skin too quickly. Its higher resistance also allows you the freedom to spend more time on tense areas if needed. The Premax Essential Massage Cream is versatile enough for a number of different massage techniques, making it ideal for both massage experts and beginners alike. Ingredients like patchouli and ylang-ylang have a pleasing aroma that soothes the mind in addition to the body.
We know that for sports massage and trigger point therapy, resistance is key. However, it’s just as important to have a product that assists with a smooth glide. The Premax Original Massage Cream offers both in one screw-top jar. Different to Premax’s Essential cream, this thick cream has a firm resistance, great for kneading out those knots at home. If you want to deeply concentrate on one area of the body, this cream works best. It also has a light peppermint and lavender scent, creating a pleasant aromatherapy experience.