Many clients often complain about tension in the neck and shoulder area and request and appreciate some extra attention to this area. However, those that frequently suffer from neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Many different reasons as work, play, anxiety, stress and children all make demands on the body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain especially while folding laundry, doing garden work, playing on the computer or any of the other million things you do. What can you do between professional massage appointments to take the edge off neck and shoulder pain? Here are a couple of ideas.
Take a Break
For those of you who have jobs sitting in front of the computer for many hours at a time, it is important to take short breaks as often as possible. Move your shoulders around and s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Ideally you can get up and move around a bit. But even if you're chained to the desk, you can rock out a little Deskercise to stay loose.
Get the kids into it
Have a short yoga break together! Yoga may provide you with many benefits and you can easily find yoga videos specially addressed to children. The moves and positions that are demonstrated are just as beneficial for adults. Bonus: got a little one averse to naptime? Try the lying-down postures here and maybe you'll get a short break.
Heat it up
There are different types of heating pads on the market. Just 10-15 minutes of heat on your shoulders can make a huge difference in how your tissue moves and feels.
Try it, you might be surprised how much it helps! It's not complicated, just grab a tennis ball or a red rubber ball and check out these techniques.
A few minutes of self care every day, little changes, can make a huge difference in how you feel. See you at your next appointment.
Welcome to our Massage and Relax blog. We will aim at providing you with monthly topics of interest in relation to wellbeing and massage. We will also post articles and other information in relation to subjects requested by our clients. This month of May we start off with neck and shoulder care between massage appointments. Enjoy your reading !