Invest In Your Self!
Here you will find links to Amazon to purchase a few items that I have found to be useful in my own self-care, and that I will often recommend to you during a massage appointment. There are even items that I love for my horses. I have gathered them all together in one place so that you can find exactly what you need quickly! Please Note: These are Affiliate Links through Amazon. This means that for every purchase that you make through these links, I receive a very small percentage in commission from Amazon. This does not change the cost of the product for you, it is just a way for you to support my business while you get great products that help you between appointments! Click on the product image to be taken to Amazon to complete your purchases.
Silicone cups are simple to apply, easy to pack in your suitcase for a trip, and give you the same relief from fascial restriction that you love from your appointments with me. I like this set for the different sizes of cup that are included. Cup your large muscle groups to help promote healthy circulation after a serious workout, or to encourage your muscles to relax after a stressful day. Use some coconut oil or your favourite lotion to help with glide.
The humble tennis ball is a must-have. Keep one in the cup holder in your car to help relieve sore points while you sit in traffic. Put another one in your bag when you go to a long day of lectures so you can massage your back or your feet while you sit. Give one to your dog to keep him busy while you go for a walk to stretch your hips out. The possibilities are endless!
A foam roller is a permanent fixture in my living room! I love this one for mobilising my spine after a long day, or to help broaden my chest muscles and counteract hours of driving or desk work that can lead to soreness between the shoulder blades. Of course, if you're feeling really tough, you can always roll your IT band...
This little shiatsu pillow packs a punch with heated massage heads that hit all the right spots. The best part about this particular model is the power adaptor that plugs into your car, for road trip relief! It's also small enough to use on your hamstrings and other hard to reach areas.
The Craniocradle may not look like much, but the shape of this item is designed to help relieve you of tension in your small neck muscles at the base of your skull - the occipitals. These little muscles work all day long to hold your head up while you type, text, and travel, and it's no surprise that they can get angry and fatigued. Lie on this little green helper for a few minutes at the end of the day for easy relief. Great to help reduce the severity of tension headaches.
This rollerball gadget is a handy way to massage yourself, or your partner, without struggling against skin friction, or fatiguing your hands. It works really well for breaking up scar tissue, and you don't even need lotion. I throw one in my bag when I am travelling.
Research increasingly leads me to feel that the modern splint boots made with neoprene are not what I want to use on my horse's tendons. Heat and tendons is a bad combination, and neoprene tends to leave the legs sweaty and hot, even without exercise. These wraps are less convenient, but I like how they breathe and wick moisture away, and I can ensure even pressure on the leg, rather than the usual three or four velcro straps.