Self massage techniques that help stimulate blood flow, relaxing motions and keeps a body staying healthy and looking healthy.
When you start rubbing your neck, shoulders when your muscles are sore or tense, instinctively you are giving yourself a self-massage, a holistic healing method. Self-massaging is also more then a pain releaser, it is also a good health motive. If you are already in good health, self-massaging on a routine schedule is an excellent way to prevent illness. If your ill, self-massaging can help with the healing process. Self massage is a proven remedy for fatique, insomnia, muscle tension, muscle weakness, circulatory disorders, skin problems and joint pain. If performed slowly and carefully, self-massaging relaxes the body, improves ones circulation and helps reduce swelling. Performed quickly, it lessens fatique and revitalizes the body. You can use your hands, a massage belt or massage glove to give your massage. The effects from a self massage will stimulate blood flow, thereby relaxing tense muscles and relieving the pain. It also helps heal some injuries, such as sprains, by bringing fresh oxygen to the injured tissue. Depending on the technique used, you can either stimulate yourself or harmonize your nervous system. First before you begin, you must be in the correct position. Lie down on the bed or couch or sit in a comfortable chair that supports back and neck. Massage one part of the body at a time, don't rush yourself, give yourself about twenty minutes if possible.
Techniques for self-massage: Rubbing: To stimulate circulation and release muscle tension, rub your muscles in a circular motion with palm of hand or fingers. Vibrating: Use rhythmic knocking or light slapping with flat of hand to improve blood circulation and to help relax muscles. Kneading: Using a warm vegetable oil or essential oil of your favorite aroma, lavender is very calming, knead your muscles as if you were working with bread dough. Final Stroking: End each massage with gentle strokes, slowly moving outward motion.
A facial massage:
Using the pads of your fingertips, apply an oil to the certain areas of your face.....in order; forehead, temples, nose, cheeks, chin and then ears. Start from center of each area and slowly move outward. Then place your middle and index finger between your nose and upper lip, move in circular motion around your mouth.
Third; place the tips of your index, midle and ring fingers close together on your forehead and rub outward towards the temples, making circular motions and applying gentle pressure. Next, move in circular motions from your nose, across your cheeks towards your ears. Move down to hinge of jaw and massage jaw arra. To fnish up, lightly tap your entire face with index finger and middle finger on both hands, moving from center of face outward.
If you want to use a tool in your self-massage, I would recommend you use a loofah mitt or any other glove made from natural fibers. These tools are good for reduce fatique. begin with your legs, gently brush your skin in a circular motion. Work upward and in towards the heart. This massage is great to do in the morning before a shower. It will help you wake up and at the same wake up your blood flow for the day.
Warning: Look carefully at your skin before beginning any massage. In areas where the skin is red, or broken out be extra careful with massaging these areas, do not use harsh pressure, and keep in an outward motion.
Getting started as a stamp collector can be overwelming. Starting out you'll need to know what stamps to look for, how to preserve them, how to display them, and what makes a stamp rare or collectible.
You've heard the phrase, "the mail must go through." And even through rain, sleet and snow, the mail gets delivered. But not without postage. The little square or rectangular sticky piece of paper affixed to the right corner of an envelope makes all the difference. Whether it's sporting a flag, a flower or a piece of fruit, stamps must adorn our packages to get them from one place to another. But these stamps are not just practical--they're collectible.
Perhaps the easiest breakdown of stamp collecting is what's on the face value of the item - the picture. Some of the most popular types have included sports figures, cartoons, national landmarks, nature images and celebrities. The 1993 Elvis stamp was quite a success, especially since philatelics got the chance to vote for the Elvis image that fashioned the stamp. Other celebrity stamp successes include the Marilyn Monroe stamp of 1995 and the James Dean stamp of the same year. Even cartoon characters find popularity in the corner of an envelope. Bugs Bunny was a stamp collector success in 1997 and the Peanuts stamp issued in 2001 looks to have the same fate as a coveted collectible. Sports also have played a significant part in philatelic collections. The Summer Olympics stamps issued in 1992 as well as the Centennial Olympic Games stamps of 1996 were well received by collectors.
Another set of stamps that flourished in sales and collections is the Black Heritage series, which debuted, in the late 1970s. This stamp series has featured legendary figures in the African American community, such as Harriet Tubman, Duke Ellington and Otis Redding. These stamps are in an expanding collection, since the United States Post Office (USPS) issues new stamps in this series annually.
The Post Office also issues stamps to raise awareness of issues that face the American people. Stamps featuring topics such as breast cancer, adoption and diabetes has risen in popularity in recent years. The social awareness series of stamps debuted in the 1950s.
Aside from these commemorative stamps, there are many other stamps that are quite valuable, not because of their depictions of people or places, but because they are unique and often imperfect. For example, one of the most famous incidences of postage stamp errors occurred in 1901, when the Post Office issued commemorative stamps to coincide with the Pan-American Exposition, which was held in New York. Six bicolored stamps, highlighting transportation, were issued. But a printing error occurred and a limited amount of stamps, including the one cent, two cent and four cent stamps had inverted centers printed on them. These stamps became collectibles not because they honored the exposition, but because they were imperfect. A similar incidence occurred in 2000 when the Post Office issued a stamp honoring the Grand Canyon. The first prints got the site of the Grand Canyon wrong. They said it was Grand Canyon, Colorado instead of the accurate Grand Canyon, Arizona. Those stamps were destroyed, but were they to have been released, they surely would have been collectibles because of the error in their design. Anytime stamps are printed with errors or blemishes, their value increases, especially since the Post Office prides itself on making few errors.
So if you're an aspiring collector of stamps, here are some things to keep in mind. Most commemorative stamps are available through the USPS for about a year after their initial release. The value of commemorative stamps is generally more than what an average stamp of the same face value, since the commemorative stamps are for a limited time. Do not be discouraged from collecting the standard issue stamps, like those that display the American flag. Even cancelled stamps that have been used for mailings can still be valuable and worth collecting.
In general, a stamp collection with pristine unused stamps is the ideal. The reality is that some stamps have been used in mailings, have creases, stains and maybe are torn. But a collection for the pure enjoyment of collecting will not be severely affected by these imperfections. However, if you're striving to have a stamp collection worthy of resale, then your collection should be as neat and unblemished as possible. If you're fortunate enough to buy first day issue stamps, you can preserve these stamps in plastic sleeves or even in the wax paper bag that the Post Office supplies. A full sheet of first day issues are wrapped in plastic. If you buy these stamps purely for collecting, then it is best to not open that sealed plastic. But if you have loose stamps, you'll want to keep them in their best condition by placing them in plastic sleeves or mounting them to an album.
If you're collecting stamps that have been mailed and thus have cancellation marks across the stamp, you'll want to keep those stamps looking as good as possible. Since these stamps have been used, their value can vary from slightly diminished to severely diminished. To preserve a cancelled stamp, you can try to restore its original look by cleaning the stamp. You'll have to soak the stamp in warm water for a period of time ranging from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the amount of adhesive on the back of the stamp. Allow the stamp to soak in the water until the adhesive loosens and the stamp separates from the paper, presumably an envelope. Take that wet stamp and handle it carefully, preferably with philatelic tongs, and place the stamp on a flat, even surface that will allow the stamp to dry without sticking to the surface. The stamp will dry thoroughly within a few hours. If the stamp does not dry flat, you can place it between the pages of a book---the pressure of the book's pages should help the stamp smooth itself out.
Once you've got your stamps, you'll need a place to store them. Always store them in a cool, dry environment. Heat, dampness and too much light can ruin your collection by wearing down the fibers and colors of your stamps. Get an album that is acid-free so that the pages of the album also will not harm the fabric of the stamps. Those aforementioned clear plastic sleeves work well because they securely hold the stamps and make them visible for display.
In case you're not just collecting stamps as a hobby, you'll need the following tips when trying to sell them:
-Keep the stamps in their best condition, free from wear and tear, stains, dampness and light.
-Research other stamp collections of similar or the same stamps to figure what value to place on your collection.
-Join a philatelic club that allows your o trade, sell and mingle with other stamp collectors.
-Advertise your interest in buying and selling stamps through internet ads, newspaper ads and word-of-mouth.
-Keep up-to-date on the trends in stamp collecting. Your knowledge of the stamp collecting world will help you always get the best stamps and make the savviest sales.
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