Nothing beats a professional massage from a highly experienced therapist, but there are lots of things that clients can do at home to enhance the results they get from massage routine.  Everyone should have a few simple self care tools to nurture their body when aches,pains, and stress arise in between sessions. Having easy access to massage, stretching, and exercise tools in your home makes healthy habits enjoyable and convenient.  It is easy join the healthy revolution with a couple restorative habits and a few simple tools.

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The Silicone Cupping System brings the effectiveness results of professional cupping  into a convenient home care tool that reduces trigger point pain and tension with little effort.  Cupping tools are great for improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage needed to aid in tissue recovery.  

The Silicone Cupping System is easy to alone or with a partner, making them perfect for a relaxing home care session.  The silicone cups press easily to the skin over areas of tension or pain.  The suction holds the cup in place and increases blood flow and relaxation tissues while you decompress.

The Silicone Cupping System brings the effectiveness results of professional cupping  into a convenient home care tool that reduces trigger point pain and tension with little effort.  Cupping tools are great for improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage needed to aid in tissue recovery.  

The Silicone Cupping System is easy to alone or with a partner, making them perfect for a relaxing home care session.  The silicone cups press easily to the skin over areas of tension or pain.  The suction holds the cup in place and increases blood flow and relaxation tissues while you decompress. 

The Silicone Cups are easy and safe to use for most situations although increased blood flow to tissues can cause some skin discoloration.  Discoloration looks similar to bruising and demonstrates the effectiveness of the Silicone Cupping System for increasing blood flow to tissues. 

Lymphatic brushing is one of the simplest and most powerful self care tools you can have in your home care kit.  Many of lymphatic vessels in your circulatory system are just below the surface of your skin.  When it comes to technique, you only need a subtle amount of pressure in order to assist the movement of lymphatic fluid throughout your body. In fact it can be easy to use too much pressure when trying to improve lymphatic health specifically.  A lymphatic brush has soft bristles that apply the effective amount of pressure to move the lymphatic fluid just below the skin.  It also has the added benefit of being extremely soothing and activating your parasympathetic nervous system so your body can restore and repair more efficiently.  

For stretches, bodywork, and exercises sometimes a yoga mat is all you need.  Normally there is nothing fancy about a yoga matt. It serves a modest purpose of giving you something soft to lay on if your rolling out a trigger point on a hard floor and can provide some grip for stretching sessions.  It seems like a small thing, but removing every excuse not to do your home care is the goal.  Having a mat for your dedicated self care space makes your sessions easier and more enjoyable, a critical part of achieving your home self care routine.  

Having a yoga mat handy as a part of your small home care kit makes getting into your healthy habits just that much easier to accomplish.  Any yoga matt will do, but the Repose Eco Yoga Mat does add a layer of personal care to your purchase by helping to take care of the earth with repurposed and eco friendly materials.

Foam Rollers have become almost synonymous with stretching and exercise, and no home care kit is complete without one.  Rollers are great for warming up and flushing out muscle stiffness, and doesn't require a partner to use. In particular, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, and back muscles benefit greatly from foam rolling.  Even low back and sciatic pain can be greatly reduced with a few minutes of daily rolling.  Whether your looking managing pain, or improve pre and post workout circulation a roller is a must have for your home care.

Using the Orbi Cork Roller is a great tool to keep handy for your home care, but also contributes to the care of the earth by using sustainable, earth friendly materials.  Taking care of ourselves is one and the same as taking care of the earth, something to keep in mind when we are implementing our daily self care habits. 

A simple round object placed on the floor can give you a self care tool to break up even the deepest muscular trigger points.  The cork ball is made from sustainable and eco friendly materials, but it also provides an extra firm structure for those deep aches and pains.  The large 4" cork ball is the perfect size for this extra firm ball, providing results without being too uncomfortable to use.  Using a yoga mat, you can place the ball on the floor and lay on it, rolling with your body weight directed at areas of pain or tension.  Glutes, hips, low back, mid back, and shoulders all benefit specifically from massage ball self care.

You may find other similar object, like lacrosse balls, or rachet balls to use along with this cork ball.  Having a variety massage ball sizes and firmness gives you options for working out pains based on your unique needs that day.

A set of Massage Lacrosse Ball are another must have option in the home care tool kit. The Lacrosse Ball is a smaller 2.5" ball that can also be used for trigger point release along with the 4" Cork Ball.  With its smaller size, rolling this ball over your glutes, hips, and back will provide a more focused release for muscular tension.  The lacrosse ball is slightly softer than the cork ball, but its smaller size focuses on deep aches and pains that cannot be accessed with a foam roller or larger massage balls, while still be plenty firm to give you all the pressure you need for theraputic effect. 

Placing your yoga mat down, and laying on these massage balls using your body weight is simple and incredibly effective. A set of 2.5" lacrosse balls, and a 4" cork ball give you the diversity of round tools needed to access and release even the deepest trigger points.

Stretching is simple in concept but challenging in practice, especially if you aren't already flexable.  A stretching strap makes it easier to do challenging mobility exercises.  Part of what makes stretching so powerful is the combination of relaxation and extension of the muscle fibers.  If you find yourself uncomfortable or straining to get into stretching postures, your muscles will have difficulty relaxing and extracting the full benefit of your practice.  A stretching strap can help remedy this problem by making it easier to achieve the stretching posture, while still allowing the muscles to relax and extend.

This cotton strap is also made from natural fibers and keeps you connected to the care of the planet while you build habits that take care of your body.

 

Scraping tools are a unique method for improving blood flow and breaking up fascial adhesions.  Like compression and vibration, scraping is another important method to consider when working on improving tissue health during your home care sessions. Scraping tools stand out for their effectiveness on dense tissues like scar tissue and fascial adhesions.  Fascial tissues are extremely strong, and can cause injury or fatigue if you attempt to massage them away without effective tools. If you have a set of scraping tools at home, a couple minutes of extra time focused on areas of scar tissue or adhesion can make all the difference in the results of your health.  

This set of "The Heart Can Feel" Gua Sha Scraping tools also includes a 70 page instruction manual about the benefits and uses of Scraping.

The Pure Wave CM-07 has grown to be one of the most popular hand held massagers available.  Although there can be limitation to how deep a hand held massager can reach, sometimes the quick percussion and vibration of tissue is just what you need to keep away tension that can lead to deeper physical problems. Vibration contributes greatly to the detoxification and nourishment of tissues, as well as helps to relax the nervous system and reduce muscle strain.  With a variety of attachments, you can find the perfect combination to complement your home care routine.  This light weight tool gives you extra power when you need it, and provides you access to the important benefits of percussion and vibration for unlocking body tension on your own at home.

A Chi Swing is a favorite self care treatment for many people in the health and wellness community. Laying flat on the floor and placing your ankles in the cradles while the rocking motion opens your hips and back, relaxing your entire body.  The feeling of relaxation is dramatic with just 15 minutes of use, and you'll likely be back for more before you know it.  This simple machine provides a blissful experience each time you use it, while assisting circulation and lymphatic drainage at the same time.  Opening, expanding, and relaxing into your body isn't always easy, but it is important to find soothing ways to do just that.  The Chi Swing is a vital piece of equipment for every home self care tool set. 

Core Products Pro-3401 is a professional grade compression massager commonly used in chiropractic offices.  All of the other items on our list can be used alone to do personal self care, however, with this tool it is best to have a friend or family member to provide treatment.  Deep, whole body compression can greatly improve circulation, reduce stress, and reduce pain symptoms.  The Core Products Pro - 3401 is powerful enough to introduce movement deep into body tissues, clearing out stagnant lymph and toxins from cells that are deep within the body.  Having this tool, and using it for as little as ten minutes each day can help to solidify your health goals, and leave you feeling restored and ready for your day.