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In previous posts we looked at a simple yoga sequence to release neck pain and ease lower back pain. Slightly different angle today as we are going to practice a simple neck and shoulder self – massage to sooth and ease aches and pains in your neck and shoulders.
What Happens When You Work All Day In Front Of A Computer Screen
As a blogger you need to be creative. You need your energy to flow and you need to focus, be alert and relax when you write.
Working online, it is so easy to get distracted and waste precious time flittering from twitter to facebook and surfing the net. Your time is precious, therefore you need to be sure your mind and body are in optiminal condition when you work so you make efficient use of your time.
Constant flittering between websites plus sitting in a cramp position for lengthy periods of time lead to a build up of sore and tense muscles. I am sure if you pause for a moment and tune into your body you will notice that your neck is sore and lower back stiff and achy. Neither of these bodily conditions is conducive to your wellbeing. In fact, when your energy is blocked or stagnant it is difficult for you to free flow and keep up your energy levels.
Take a Break…
A few minutes break every now and then to mindfully stretch, massage and relax your body does wonders for your ability to concentrate and make good decisions.
Follow this simple self massage sequence
and loosen up sore tense neck muscles and to help rebalance your mind body and spirit so you can remain alert, calm and focus at all times.
The sequence can be done in as little or as much time as you choose.
10 Step Simple Self Massage To Ease Neck And Shoulder Ache
Step 1: Sit in a comfortable upright position. Feet flat on the floor. Stretch and wiggle your toes. Lengthen your spine and lower your shoulders. Shake and flap your hands. Then rest your hands on your lap, palms facing up.
Step 2: Relax your jaw, soften your gaze and pretend to chew gum really badly. Make as much noise as you can “chewing gum”.
Step 3: Close your eyes and spend a few minutes just observing the everyday breath as you breathe gently in and out through your nose. This helps to calm and quieten your mind. Notice how the breath flows through the body.
Step 4: Using small circular motions, gently massage the back of your neck with your fingertips. Work up and down the back of your neck then using alternate hands stroke along the back of the neck and under your throat.
Step 5: Open and close your mouth and make a long aah, ooh, eee and uu sound. Making small circles, gently rub your index and middle finger tips over your chin and round your mouth.
Step 6: Using your thumbs and index and middle fingers gently squeeze and release the flesh around your shoulders and upper arms.
Step 7: Make a small fist with both hands gently tap across your chest and over your upper body/shoulders. This has a stimulating effect on the body.
Step 8: Cross your arms by placing your right hand on the top of your left shoulder and your left hand on the top of your right shoulder and gently stroke the top of your shoulders a few times and slowly glide your hands down your arms to your finger tips and gently pull your fingertips as your release the pressure. Do this 3 – 7 times.
Step 9. Flick your fingers as if flicking water and then rest your hands on your lap.
Step 10. Close your eyes refocus on your breath and be still for 2-5 minutes noticing what you notice. Then when you are ready slowly open your eyes. Spend a few more minutes sitting still before reengaging with your work.
How Do You Feel Now?
This simple self massage can easily be slipped into your day. Practice it often, to ease and smooth stiffness in your neck and shoulders. Be gentle and see how freer and relaxed you feel afterwards.
I’d love to know whether you think this simple massage is useful in helping you release stress. Do you have any tips and self-care strategies to ease stiffness? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.
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