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Mental Wellbeing Series: Self Massage


This week as part  of our Laneway Learning Mental Wellbeing series, members were lucky to have a workshop with self massage expert Clare. Clare brought with her 10 years of professional experience as a myotherapist along with her personal experiences of chronic pain.

We covered: 

  • Where to find the good spots and what to do with “knots” when you do,
  • Self care tools the experts recommend to help with repetition and fatigue,
  • Stretches for when you’re too tired to stretch,
  • Some theory about how these 3 areas hang together and affect one another through daily use.

We kicked things off with a little theory, and a fantastic map of the body from the brain’s perspective. I couldn’t resist sharing it: 

A cortical homunculus is a distorted representation of the human body, based on a neurological “map” of the areas and proportions of the human brain dedicated to processing motor functions, or sensory functions, for different parts of the body. (Source: Wikipedia)

Guided by this map, we went on to focus on tending to key areas from our fingertips up to our neck, dispelling a few myths along the way. We looked at trigger points, the importance of listening to our bodies and the power of oxytocin – the ‘love hormone’ which is released from skin to skin contact and even mirroring. 

We picked up some simple working from home exercises such as ‘Doorknobs’ and ‘Swimming’ – to alleviate the pain that sitting at a desk for long hours (especially in a makeshift office setup – ie. laptop on knee on couch) can bring. Clare’s tips were simple, using low effort (with a focus on gravity) for high impact. 

In addition to massage tips, Clare offered some advice on how to feel better when we can’t get a massage. 

  • Move! (Vary movements)
  • Apply Pressure – a tennis ball in a sock can be a good hack for this. See link below for how to use a tennis ball to relieve headaches. 
  • Have Fun – ie. a 10 minute dance break – get silly!
  • Rest – never to be underestimated! 

Here are a few links to extra information and videos that Clare has kindly shared: 

There are two remaining classes in this FREE series: 

Thursday 16 September, 6.30-7.30pm
The Pleasure of Drawing with Emilie

Wednesday 29 September, 6.30-7.30pm
Journal Writing for Mindful Living with Ingrid

Keep an eye on your inbox, in our facebook group or email for registration link. 

Laneway Learning is a member of City Precinct and host informal, accessible evening classes in a diverse range of topics.