Self Massage Exercises
Self Massage Exercises appear as part of this booklet entitled “Elliman’s Library of Health and Physical Fitness.” I have not reproduced the whole of this glorious little pamphlet, merely the section relating to self-massage, primarily to accompany the Thomas Inch booklet: Inch on Neurasthenia – New Nerves for Old, which name-checks it specifically. It works just as well as a separate resource, however, for anyone who simply wants to run through the exercises on their own. If you scroll to the end of this little booklet, I have also reproduced the single page relating to ‘Home Exercises.’
What are Self Massage Exercises?
Self-massage is merely the act of using your OWN hands to manipulate your muscles. This involves kneading the skin and applying pressure in certain spots.
As to the merits or otherwise of self-massage, I am simply not qualified to comment. I’ve had a go (without Elliman’s sadly, as it has only recently become unavailable) and I must say it’s something I personally could probably get behind. J.P. Muller of ‘My System’ fame was also a proponent of self-massage (or ‘rubbing’ as he referred to it), and given that the skin is the body’s largest organ I can see why it might be a good thing.
Fans of self-massage cite less pain associated with stiffness, soreness, injuries, and chronic health conditions. Massages in general have long been found to effectively relax muscles and stiff joints.
The Self Massage Exercise Course
The course is made up of twelve self-massage exercises, all done standing, and nothing tremendously complicated. The image above relates to ‘Self Massage of the Chest.’ Many vintage booklets relating to physical culture and ‘clean living’ included sections on towel rubbing or self-massage as a way of ‘activating’ the skin and waking you up.
As always, take it easy, and take your time!
Richie Neville | Director
Internal Force Fitness