2 DIY Massage Techniques to Ease Summer Stress

With all the excitement surrounding the summer season, it can be easy to forget to take care of your body. Even though vacations, family outings and road trips can offer a happy escape from the hustle and bustle of work, physical activities can cause stress on certain areas of the body that aren’t used to the increased physical activity. Fortunately, a few simple  DIY massage techniques can go a long way to easing summer-related stresses.

Travel can take a Toll

Whether you decide to take a road trip to your favorite vacation spot or choose to fly, the prolonged hours can lead to muscle stiffness and cramping. After those hours pass and you finally get to your destination, the physical stress that went into getting there can linger around longer than you would like.

To help relieve any travel-induced shoulder and neck pain, reach across your chest with your right hand, resting the palm on top of the left shoulder (with fingers on your back) and with the knuckle of your thumb pressing against neck muscles. Slowly rotate your head and neck, pressing neck muscles against thumb knuckle. Keeping hand in same place, press into your back muscle (between your shoulder blade and spine) with fingertips and rotate your left shoulder blade. Now switch arms and repeat on the right side.

Get Loose on the Golf Course

Sure, golf can be a relaxing activity to clear your mind and spend the day with friends. But you are also spending a lot of time on your feet. By the ninth hole, your feet can begin to ache and even impair your golf performance. Some use special insoles or shoes to help with this problem, but at the end of the day nothing beats a good old-fashioned foot rub. And in case your loved one isn’t jumping at the chance to help relieve your foot pain, an item in your golf bag can do the trick!

With your shoes off, place a golf ball on the ground in front of you. You can be seated on the golf cart or standing. Roll your right foot forward and backward slowly on the ball; apply enough pressure to feel a pulling but not enough that you are in too much pain; then roll your foot side to side. Next place your heel on the ball to make circular motions; finally cross your leg over the left ankle and take the ball and roll it up and down the arch of your foot; repeat with the left foot.

Article provided by Elements Massage, 10020 Lima Road in Fort Wayne, www.elementsmassge.com/fortwayne

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