Do you find yourself wishing for a massage at the end of an extremely stressful day at work? What happens if you don’t have time or money to invest in massage therapy? Well, you can always try self-massage techniques. Neck tension is a rather common occurrence, especially among people who work at a desk all day long. If you don’t want to suffer the long-term consequences of this uncomfortable feeling, the best thing you can do is take care of it immediately. Today, we are going to provide you with 5 self-massage tips that are perfect for releasing neck tension and promoting relaxation. Let’s have a look!
Self-Massage Tips for Neck Tension
#Focus on the Nape of Your Neck
The nape of your neck, or that area where the back of your hair starts growing, is a place that carries a lot of tension, which is why it is among the first ones that you should pay attention to. What you can do is wrap both of your hands around that area and then stretch your muscles. Start from your spine and go both left and right. Go from the base of your head and try squeezing the area in between your fingers and your palm until you reach the bottom of the neck. Then, repeat the technique as many times as you need.
#Reach Your Shoulders
Most often than not, the pain and discomfort that you feel in your neck also reaches your shoulders. Especially if your posture is not entire comfortable all throughout the day. Since your shoulders also need relief, we advise you to first sit down on something comfortable. Then, keeping your back straight, slowly slide your fingers along the area between your shoulders and the base of your head. Go all the way down the entire length of your neck and then repeat as needed. Don’t forget that the movements have to be gentle, so don’t press too hard on the respective area. If you want to focus more on each shoulder, you can first tilt your head to the right and slowly massage your left shoulder. Then, do the same to the other one while tilting your head to the left.
#Tilt and Roll
Another great tip for getting rid of neck tension is to start by tilting your head backwards. Then, use both of your hands to squeeze the muscles that you can find at the base of your neck, namely on the right and left of your spine. Still squeezing, you have to tilt your head forward and hold that position for about 10 seconds. You will notice that the amount of flesh you are able to squeeze while returning to the original position amounts for how relaxed you actually are. If you cannot squeeze that much, then your muscles are clearly tense. You should repeat this technique until you notice a difference and you release some of the tension in your neck.
We hope these 3 self-massage tips will help you get rid of neck tension at home and relax after a long day at work. If you’re looking for even more self-massage techniques and tips, take a look at the following clip as well.
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