Get the benefits of a relaxing massage sans the privy spa. Try giving yourself a spot massage! DIY massages are quick and easy. Just pick a body part and knead, knead, knead your way to stress-free heaven.
Pain in the back?
Got a stiff neck? Try this soothing stroke. Start on the right side by pressing the fingers of your left hand into your neck, just below the base of your skull. Slowly drag your fingers down to your right shoulder while tilting your head to the left. As your left hand moves from neck to shoulder, your left ear should approach your left shoulder. Repeat this motion several times, then switching hands and work on your left side.
Back me up!
Sore upper back? Loosen up those knots with these smooth moves! While seated, lift your right hand and point your elbow upward. Let your right hand dangle behind you, just below your head. Then squeeze the three middle fingers of your left hand together and press these fingertips against the right side of your upper back. Stroke down your right side, moving towards your waist. Repeat this motion several times, then switch hands and work on your left side.
Go foot loose!
Give your tired tootsies some relief. While seated, rest your left foot on your right thigh, forming a figure four. Hold your left ankle with your left hand, and slowly rotate the foot with your right hand. Rotate clockwise, starting with small circles but shifting to larger ones. Then rotate counter-clockwise. Next, hold your foot with both hands and make lengthwise strokes., firmly pressing into it with your thumbs. You can also use those thumbs to make tiny circles on the sole and arch. Try pulling gently on your toes, first sideways, then forward and back. Now work on the other foot.
Have your own juice bar!
Forget about the coffee and soda. Next time you need a thirst-quencher, mix up your own fruit shake. These concoctions are just as yummy but twice as healthy! Pick one from below and check out the ingredients. Then combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth and thick. Bottoms up!
You’ll need: 1 medium-sized banana, ½ cup quartered strawberries, ½ cup pineapple or mango (cut into chunks, ¾ orange juice, and 1 cup of crushed ice.
Low-calorie Banana Smoothie
You’ll need: ¼ cup non-fat powdered milk, ¾ cup water, 1 banana, and four crushed ice cubes.
Orange and Banana Crush
You’ll need: 1/3 of an orange (sectioned), 1/3 of a banana (cut into chunks), 2 ounces of pineapple juice, 1/3 cup crushed ice and ½ tbsp. honey.