Do you have difficulty with sleep? Is it hard to unwind? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep? Does your mind take you places no mind should go, especially in the middle of the night?
Try this simple series of self-massage to shift your mood from frustrated to relaxed.
Begin by noticing your breath, take a slow, soothing breath in filling your lungs comfortably, and exhale out sending that soothing feeling throughout your body. Just breath! So easy, yet we forget that this simple act will always bring us back to the present moment, not the moments before or after.
Sleepy Time Self-Massage
Stimulating specific acupuncture points relieves tension and helps release melatonin, your body’s natural sleep hormone.
Begin by massaging the crown of your head with fingertips, in a circular motion for approximately 30 seconds. Don’t watch the clock! Massage long enough to feel the soothing affect.
Next, with fingertips, make small circular movements at the outer ends of your eyebrows for 30 seconds.
Then, with the pads of your thumbs, swipe the upper, then lower edges of your eye sockets, from the inner to the outer corners. This feels really good.
Finish by rubbing your palms together until they feel warm, and then place them over your eyes for 45 seconds. Gently rest the heels of your hands over your closed eyelids for another 30 seconds.
And remember, having regular massage therapy helps balance your over all sense of well-being, benefiting every part of your day, waking or sleeping.