The workday can be quite a hassle and stressful. Especially now that most of you are working from home, you could be sitting all day long with probably less body movement because of MCO, the whole while accumulating stress from the day’s events. Now you can’t schedule for a massage session and you can’t really trust your housemate to give you massage (they might make your stress worse!)
We often manifest that stress in physical ways. We tense up our shoulders. We get headaches or neck pain. We have muscle aches in our arms or back. And taking time off of a day, massaging yourself can help.
Massaging your own face can be a soothing experience while you can beautify yourself. Just place your fingertips and lightly draw circles clockwise and counterclockwise on these areas; around eyes, cheekbone, forehead, chin and where your jaw connect. You can also rub your ears between your fingers.
Neck and Shoulders:
After long hours of slouching on your desk, it puts a lot of strain on your neck and shoulders. Let’s practice a few simple movement with your posture. Drop your shoulders so they’re not hunched up by your ears, and slowly tuck your chin to your chest to stretch your neck. Turn your neck left to middle and right slowly and gently. Place two or three fingers on the back of your neck where your neck and shoulders meet. Press firmly and hold, releasing when the muscle feels more relaxed. Repeat these a few more times for more relief.
Hold our your arms with your palm up. Use the other hand to cup below the elbow and gently squeeze. Continue squeezing the extended arm all the way down to the wrist and repeat on the other arm.
Roll out a yoga mat or something similar to it. Then get a tennis ball handy as you rest your back on the floor with your legs spread out while the tennis ball is placed left of the corner between your spine and pelvis. Roll around for bit until you find a tight, tense area or as we call it pressure point. Try to lie still, trying to relax over the ball and letting the tension drain from your body.
Roll a tennis ball or small rubber ball under the entire surface of the foot including the heel, arch and toes. Roll it back and forth using mild pressure
The tools that can help you to have a self massage at home are the following:
Be careful while using these tools and remember to be slow and gentle. After all, many of us are novice in massaging ourselves. If you feel yourself tensing because of pain in a particular area, focus your attention on your breath and try to let your body go as limp as possible. Good luck trying this and we’ll see you soon.