Massages are one of life's gifts that just keep on giving. One, they feel amazing, and to be honest, we can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than in the hands of a well-trained masseuse—literally. Second, they also have some major health benefits that reach far beyond our mental state. And whether you choose Swedish, deep tissue, or something more adventurous like trigger point therapy, according to Mayo Clinic, the rewards are long-winded.
While the organization points out that more studies are needed, it cites massage as being beneficial to such conditions as anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, stress-induced insomnia, myofascial pain syndrome, soft tissue injuries, sports injuries, and temporomandibular joint pain. In short, even if you're simply feeling depleted and overwhelmed following a certain kind of week, massage can be of service. The catch? They don't grow on trees, and neither does the money you *previously* needed to afford one.
However, we have good news. As MindBodyGreen points out, there are actually a handful of easy, cost-free ways to give yourself a massage on a daily—even hourly—basis. Ready to reap the benefits? Keep reading for six super-sneaky ways to treat yourself to a massage sans an ounce of buyers' remorse.
Try a Jade Roller
In addition to banishing fine lines, brightening skin tone, and improving your mood, jade rollers are a great way to give yourself the ultimate facial massage (just ask our Wellness Editor Victoria Hoff). Not only does the gemstone feel divine on the face, the rolling action will also aid lymphatic drainage and improve blood flow.
Try Foam Rolling
For this one, you'll want to start off easy, but the initial hurts-so-good sensation is so beneficial and mimics many of the helpful effects of massage. In fact, fitness experts swear by it, and Goop's resident alignment guru, Lauren Roxburgh, explains that a regular foam rolling practice can lengthen your muscles and gift you with a more svelte physique. Here's what she told us: "Rolling stimulates the lymphatic system to help flush toxins, get rid of bloating, and even reduce cellulite. A regular rolling routine can help you lose inches, shrink your waistline, gain height, and even feel calmer."
Try an Epsom Salt Bath
A spa-worthy bath ritual can do wonders for achy minds and muscles. Epsom salts are the ultimate addition and are known to relieve debilitating tension due to their high magnesium content and alleged detoxifying benefits. Take it further by lighting some candles, dimming the lights, and turning on your favorite soothing playlist.
Recruit a Friend
This one is fairly self-explanatory, but what's more relaxing than spending time with a friend, family member, or significant other and giving one another a massage? Yes, it may sound a tad bit sappy, but we have a feeling it will zap lingering stress and muscle knots faster than you think. Still not into it? An at-home-facial feels just as indulgent and will help boost blood flow into your complexion.