With Covid-19 threatening public health and forcing us all to stay indoors, self care and in home workouts are our new normal. I wanted to share some of my favorite self care massage tools to help keep you feeling good during this time. These tools can be used anytime, over clothing and can be very effective!
The Foam Roller is my savior, it keeps my back and body flexible and free of tension. The PRO FOAM ROLLER is my favorite brand. With a comfortable standard density (medium firmness) and multiple size options, these rollers offer a variety of uses and benefits.
- Release tension
- Break up tight fascia
- Soothe sore muscles
- improve flexibility
- Aid rehabilitation
- Increase mobility
- Increase core strength
- Improve balance and stability
For a great 5 minute foam rolling routine with Lauren Roxburgh to wake up your body! Click HERE
Massage guns have taken the world by storm in the last year with so many different brands hitting the market. After doing lots of research and trying different models I finally bought the KRAFT GUN and love it’s easy handling, powerful force, but quiet sound. I have to say it’s an incredible modern tool for self care, but there are also many cheaper models depending on your budget.
- Pain relief
- Speeds up recovery
- Relives muscle spasms and stiffness
- Releases lactic acid
- Increases blood and lymphatic Flow
- Improves range of motion
- Soothe Sore Muscles
- Relief for Arm, Leg and Glute pain
For a great video to compare all the different models click HERE.
Massage balls are such a simple, but amazing tool for trigger point relief, especially for the back. You can use tennis balls if you have them or my favorite is Lacrosse Balls. The size and firmness of the lacrosse balls allows you to use your body weight to do the work. Here are the many benefits.
- Targeted relief for the shoulder blades
- Targeted relief for the deep muscles in the lower back
- Sciatic Pain
- Relieve headaches and pain at the base of the skull.
- Foot and leg pain
For a great instructional video click HERE!
One of my favorite local healers, the amazing Sheila Govindarajan founded Rasa Veda Healing in 2012 to share the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine (Ayurveda).
Originating in India over 3,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic medicinal systems. Named from the Sanskrit word ‘science of life’, Ayurveda is based on the belief that all facets of life can impact your health.
Sheila’s practice at Rasa Veda always begins with an Ayurvedic consultation to determine your constitution and wellness goals. Her signature treatment is Abhyanga (90 min warm oil massage) followed by Shirodhara where warm oil is poured repeatedly and rhythmically on the center of your forehead. The experience is amazing, deeply meditative, relaxing and nurturing.
In addition, she creates amazing herbal medicated Abhyanga oils/salves, Ayurvedic herbal tonics, and custom blended aromatherapy oils. All the oils and herbs are organic, wildcrafted and from biodynamic farming techniques.
Sheila is available by appointment only, Rasa Veda Healing is located in Hancock Park. For more info or to schedule click HERE
I experienced my first Thai Massage on a trip to Thailand in the summer of 2001 and absolutely loved it. One session not only cured my jet lag, but I felt immediate relief from a headache and low back soreness. In 2006, I went back to Thailand to study and become certified in Thai Massage and Thai Foot Reflexology.
Traditional Thai Massage or “Thai Yoga Massage” is an ancient healing modality that dates back over 2500 years combining acupressure, stretching and assisted yoga postures.The practice also promotes positive energy circulation, joint mobility and stress relief.
Thai Massage is a great alternative to table massage as it is performed on the floor, no lotions or oils are applied and you remain fully clothed. For rates go to MENU.
After researching many top 10 lists from other journalists, doctors and researchers, here are my 10 daily habits for optimal health and happiness. (Not in any particular order)
1) Drink lots of water, 8 glasses per day.
2) Eat 3 to 5 clean, light, organic (whenever possible) and balanced meals. Consume fresh juices and foods rich in antioxidants.
3) Breathe fresh air. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors, the sun, the breeze or a great view.
4) Practice good oral hygiene, brush your teeth for 2 mins, twice daily and floss.
5) Be active, make physical activity part of your daily routine. Exercise 20 – 30 mins. Try to include some yoga, cardio or strength training.
6) Practice your passion or hobby, spend 30 -60 mins on what you love to do.
7) Practice mindfulness: For 1-10 mins be present, (think positive thoughts) breathe deeply and smile.
8) Spend quality time with your family and friends.
9) Find joy, purpose and meaning in your work even on tougher days.
10) Be productive. Get something done for yourself and do something for others.
What are your favorite daily habits that bring you happiness? I would be interested in learning some from you!