Self-Massage Tips To Make You Feel Great
Everyone deals with aches and pains, but not everyone has the time or cash for a professional massage. Here are 11 massages you can do to yourself that will leave you feeling so good.
You can do some with your hands only, while others require the aid of a tennis ball or foam roller — but all are super easy and only take a few minutes, no professional required.
1. If your feet are killing you:
The best part about this move is you can do it under your desk without interrupting whatever you’re doing. You can use a regular tennis ball, or a spiked ball like this one, which will leave you feeling airy on your feet.
Here’s how to do it: 1. While sitting, step on the ball with a bare or socked foot and roll back and forth from heel to toe with firm pressure — but don’t try to flatten the ball completely. 2. If anywhere feels particularly painful or tender, work those knots out by rolling in small circles.
If you need more pressure: Do while standing instead of sitting.
2. If you suffer from tension headaches:
This will relieve tension in your neck and head often caused by crappy posture — like when you crane your neck while texting or push your head forward when slumping at a desk.
Here’s how to do it: 1. Lie on your back with your legs bent. 3. Holding a tennis ball in each hand between your thumb and forefinger, rest your hands behind your head so the tennis balls are on either side of the base of your skull. 4. Alternate between shaking your head from side to side, then tucking and lifting your chin.
3. If PMS is making your lower back hurt:
This will help the tenderness and pain you get in your lower back before and during your period due to inflammation.
Here’s how to do it: 1. Lie on your back with your legs bent and feet firmly planted on the ground. 2. Place two tennis balls under your lower back around where your sacrum — the large, triangular bone at the base of the spine — me