The benefits of massage are well known but there are times when scheduling a massage appointment with a massage therapist may not be possible. In those situations, as well as general self care, it’s very helpful to know how to give yourself an effective massage. Self massage helps to relax you, relieve stress and tension and promote overall well being. Turn on your favorite relaxation tunes and read on for 3 self massage techniques to ease tension and pain you encounter, especially due to work at home stress.
Especially effective for relieving stress related headaches and for general relaxation, head/scalp massage can be easily customized once you learn the basic steps.
It’s very common for the neck and shoulder area to hold pain and stress…especially when you find yourself hunched over looking at a computer or laptop screen or other bad posture positions. The following technique is great for relieving neck and shoulder pain and can be performed just about anywhere.
Massage tools can be very helpful especially with self massage. You can use them to apply additional pressure to relieve pain and sore spots or safely reach areas that are hard to get to on your own. The most common and widely available tools for self massage are small balls (ie tennis or lacrosse balls) and foam rollers. Having both of these tools in your arsenal will prove to be essential because they target different areas. For example, you’d want to use your ball on more precise, smaller areas like the arch of your foot or between your shoulder blades. Your foam roller tends to be more effective on more expansive or broader areas like the muscles in your thighs. The great thing is they’re used in a similar way, just make small adjustments to your preference.
The previous self massage techniques can be used as often as you like. The recommendation is to do what you can to have a self massage session at least once a week and definitely more if you are experiencing stress.