2. HOW SHOULD YOU START?
First, relax! The muscle group to massage needs to be relaxed after your workout to prevent tension. Start by getting the muscles to release using massage techniques for at least five minutes per muscle group.
Two techniques to try:
- Manual massage with creams, oils or balms with essential oils. Different techniques can be used: light movements over the muscles, static pressure on a tense area, gliding pressure to drain muscles, and light or deep kneading. This is a good way to effectively massage your arms and legs (link to tutorial videos).
- With massage accessories, using back and forth or circular movements on the muscle group. The pressure from the accessories can cause a slight feeling of discomfort. This means the massage is working. If certain areas are very sensitive, spend more time there, moving slowly and using a good amount of pressure on the muscle. Accessories can be a good way to access hard-to-reach areas, such as the glutes and traps.
For the most effective result, self-massage should be done regularly, just like your workouts.