Understanding What Self-Care Is and What It Isn’t

Amid the modern-day epidemic of anxiety, depression, and poor sleep habits, self care has become an important solution for millions of people. Don’t let the word “self” fool you. This recent wellness trend is not about “me, me, me.” It’s about getting relief from the unique challenges of a uniquely fast-paced, technological society.

It’s also about keeping your own body and mental health in good shape so that you can live, work, care for your family, enjoy life, and enjoy all the rewards that come with healthful longevity. Getting a chakra massage, spending time in an infrared sauna, or receiving a rejuvenating facial is health care, not selfishness or indulgence.

What are some of the most effective ways to give your body what it needs? The good news is that there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of techniques for reaching optimal wellness, both in the physical and psychological sense. That’s because nearly every category of bodywork does as much for the mind and emotions as for the physical body.

What are the Most Powerful Self Care Techniques?

Where should you begin your self care journey? Anywhere you want, actually. Close your eyes and ask yourself the question, “How can I care for my body and mind right now?” Most people instinctively feel what they need. Here are some of the many starting points:

  • Infrared Saunas: Warm saunas can have the same effect on your heart as moderate exercise, studies have shown.
  • Facials: Facials can reduce stress and work to improve your psychological well-being. Sure, you’ll look better on the outside, but you’ll also feel much better emotionally and psychologically.
  • Orthotics Posture Core Seats: These devices are scientifically designed to help you sit in just the right way. They can go a long way toward relieving back, neck, and shoulder pain that so often accompanies improper posture.
  • Warm/Cold Eye Masks: Applying heat and cold to the sensitive areas around the eyes is powerful medicine. Not only can varying temperatures reduce puffiness and dark spots around eyes, they can also banish tension headaches and support healthy sleep.
  • Self-Massage Tools: When you use professionally designed self-massage tools on your legs, arms, back, and neck, you put the “self” into self care. But be careful to use tools that are approved by professionals or you might just end up wasting your time and energy.

Elixir Mind Body Massage is Your Self Care Headquarters

If you have any questions about self care, massage, or anything related to wellness and self care, give Elixir Mind Body Massage a call any time, or stop by our Denver LoDo studio located at 1518 Wazee Street, Suite A, Denver, CO 80202. We’re always glad to hear from people who take self care seriously and want to feel their very best. Our phone is (303) 571-4455. See why we’re the award-winning massage and facial studio that can transform your life, from the inside out.