Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018

Beauty Tips Every Woman Should Know. Back Massage

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Hands

Start with the back of your left hand, rubbing the top of the hand with oil and then extending to the fingers. Starting with your pinky and then continuing in toward your thumb, rub at the base of your knuckles a circular motion, then work up the fingers to the middle knuckle and then the fingertips. Pull each finger lightly to release stored-up energy. Then turn the palm up, and work from the outer to the inner palm. There is a major point between the thumb and index finger that corresponds to the intestines. It is also excellent for headache relief. After you have completed the left hand, repeat on the right. Watch for any differences in how you feel in each hand. The left is considered feminine and the right masculine, but being right- or left-handed will also influence how your hands feel. When you have finished both hands, rub them together briskly to generate heat, and place your palms over your eyes, allowing them to drop back in their sockets and absorb the warmth from your hands.

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Beauty of your hands

Beauty of your hands 

Feet

Reward your feet at night as a special treat after the long day of support they offer. After cleaning your feet (you may soak your feet in the bath or in a basin for ten to twenty minutes—¼ cup Epsom salts mixed with 1 tablespoon baking powder and 2-3 drops lemon or mint oil is especially refreshing for a basin soak), dry them gently, and apply a warmed oil (I like coconut or sesame for hydration and aroma). Rub the tops of your feet first, paying special attention to your toes, and apply spiraling fingertip pressure on the joints connecting the toes to the foot. Then turn your foot over and systematically rub from the top of your foot to the bottom. The pressure points in your feet coordinate with the body from top to bottom, so the points representing your head are at the toes, the middle organs are in the middle of the foot, and so forth. You can also rub your heel area from top to bottom, but be mindful of the reproductive points that are associated with the heel and Achilles tendon; avoid these if you are a woman during your menstrual cycle or pregnancy. After you have massaged your feet, try rolling your feet over a rubber ball (medium-size Kong ball from your local pet store is a good choice) as a method of applying pressure point massage. Stand at a wall, lean back, and place one foot at a time onto the ball. Gently roll back and forth over it, pausing if you find a particularly sensitive spot, and see if you can deepen your breathing and release into the pressure. Once you have finished your foot treatment, drink a nice glass of tea, purified water, or young coconut milk, and put on socks to sleep in so your feet can drink in the oil and your sheets will stay clean. When you wake up, remove the socks and enjoy your baby-soft feet.

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Beautiful feet with the help of useful oils and coconut milk

Beautiful feet with the help of useful oils and coconut milk

Legs

Apply oil to the front and back of your legs. Start with the top of your left leg, with one hand on each side, and make the strokes point toward the center of the leg. Go down the front of the leg and up the back. Repeat on the right leg. Try standing, feet narrow hip-width apart—five or six inches—and slightly bend your knees so you aren’t locking them. Clasp opposite elbows and lightly sway your trunk from side to side. Then let your hands dangle, and bob your knees up and down a few times to shake your legs and loosen your lower back. Then work your fingers from the tops to the bottoms of your legs in a spiraling massage. Start with the front of the legs, moving down, spiraling the fingertips from outward toward the midline (or centerpoint), then go from the upper back thighs to the ankle, again spiraling your fingers from outward toward the midline. You can also “pummel” your legs with your fists. Go from the outer edges of the legs downward, and the inner edges of the legs upward. This massage will take about five to ten minutes.

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Massage for beauty and sexuality of your legs

Massage for beauty and sexuality of your legs

Swaying Tree

Stand upright, feet parallel and slightly wider than hip-width apart, knees unlocked. Make fists and sway your trunk from side to side, lightly pummeling your buttocks and upper arms. Leading from the swinging of the arms, twist back and forth, keeping your knees bent, and gaining momentum. This is a stimulating and rhythmic exercise, meant to generate energy. It’s great for when you’re feeling heavy or lethargic.

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One of the best yoga poses

One of the best yoga poses

Inner Thighs and Stomach:Goddess Massage

Pamper your inner thighs and stomach with a delightful Goddess Massage. Lie down on your yoga mat or a soft blanket or towel. Place the soles of your feet together and your knees apart. If this places any strain on your knees, you can prop rolled-up blankets, towels, or yoga blocks under your knees— one under each knee. This will take pressure off the knees and lower back. Start by lightly rubbing oil between your two palms—massage oil scented with sandalwood, with its soothing and relaxing properties would be a nice choice here—and then increase the pressure to heat the oil between your hands. This will release the scent and healing properties of the oil. Place your hands on your hip bones, and gently press down. This will help to release the lower back. Then, feeling your breath rising and falling easily and naturally, begin to very gently rub your inner thighs from their highest point to behind the knees. Use light, feathery strokes. Extend your massage to the tops of your thighs. Rub your knees in a circular motion as well. Massage for five minutes. Now remove the padding, extend your legs, and go into Savasana. Gently replace the padding under your knees. Place your left hand on your heart and rub your belly in circular motions with your right palm and fingertips. Then close your eyes and rest your hands on your belly and heart. This is a great way to get in touch with your feminine, receptive energy. Finish with Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose to maximize the calm, relaxing, Goddess Energy. This mild inversion will give the heart and head a circulatory boost.

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Yoga poses

Yoga poses

Lower Back

Because it is hard to access your lower back, massaging the lower back takes using gravity, resistance, and the floor. Add a couple of props into the mix and you’re on your way to lower back heaven! (Note: if you have any spinal disk issues, proceed with caution, and make sure you keep your sacral area neutral when taking twists. Twists generally should be performed with the joints above the navel from the middle to upper spine, where they are smaller and are capable of greater mobility. The lower back itself is not built to twist.) Go into Child’s Pose.

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Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose

Rest here and take a deep breath. Then use your hands to gently knead alongside the bones of your lower back. Avoid massaging into any bone directly. Start at the base and see how far up alongside the spine you can go. After a few minutes, switch your touch to light tapping with easy, loose fists. Try letting out sound on the exhale, saying aaaaah. Then roll over onto your back and hug your knees into your chest. This is a great way to massage the lower back: you have gravity on your side. Place your knees together and your feet about mat-width apart, then cross your arms over your chest, opposite hands on opposite shoulders, and let your spine totally drop into the floor. This is a supportive position—the body exerts no effort to hold itself up here. Try directing the breath into your lower back. Then begin to slowly knock your knees off each another like windshield wiper blades. Then knock them over to the left, extend your arms out, and gaze over your right shoulder. Do this for two to three minutes. Place your left hand on your outer right thigh, and find the groove below your hip socket with your thumb (it feels like an indentation). Then drag the thumb from the top of your outer thigh to the bottom, giving the ligament that runs outside the thigh (and helps to stabilize the knee) a nice release. Repeat the same sequence on the right side. Finish with a Happy Baby Pose, in which you grasp your outer feet as you bend your knees to 90-degree angles.

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A Happy Baby Pose

A Happy Baby Pose

Rock back and forth and side to side on your lower back. (Note: if you have difficulty grabbing your outer feet on your own, use a towel or strap to assist you.) This should be a great release for the hip sockets and hamstrings, and rocking from side to side will massage your lower back. Do this for three minutes. Lastly, “ball up” by hugging your knees to your chest and rock back and forth, exhaling back and inhaling forward, gaining momentum and massaging your entire spine. Rock up to sit, stretch out your legs, lengthen your spine, and take a forward bend. Again, lightly pummel your fists along your spine, this time from top to bottom. Do this for two to three minutes.

Annelise Hagen «The Yoga Face»

 

 

 

 

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