By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine
As if we needed another reason besides pure bliss to love massages, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles have discovered that a single rubdown causes positive biological changes.
According to an article in The New York Times, the positive side effects of a light massage include decreases in the stress hormone cortisol, increases in feel-good hormones such as Oxycontin and even an immune system boost.
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Can't afford a trip to the spa? No sweat. Try these DIY techniques from Rich Poley, author of Self-Massage for Athletes:
1. The Face: "This is an area where all people and particularly women hold lots of tension," says Poley. To relieve some of that stress, simply tap your fingers gently on your face, using both hands as if you're typing on a keyboard. Keep your eyes closed and your face relaxed. "Give it a few minutes and your face will not only feel better, but look better."
2. The Neck: To warm your neck, start by placing your right hand on the left side of your neck and your left hand on the right side. Your arms will cross in front of your neck and your middle fingers will touch at the back of your neck. Then, gently press and squeeze your hands into your neck. Close your eyes, relax, lean back in your chair and slowly roll your neck in your hands, clockwise, then counter clockwise. Do it for just 2 or 3 minutes and your neck should feel relaxed and more flexible.
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3. The Feet: Grab a couple of tennis balls and simply rub your bare feet back and forth over the balls for an invigorating massage.
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