Of course, it’d be the ultimate dream to get a weekly massage. A standing, non-negotiable appointment to have your entire body released of tension, stress, and tightness sounds like incredible luxury … because it is. It’s not feasible time-wise, or accessible finance-wise for most people, especially those of us with a lot of tension.
But fear not. We can still release tight muscles in the comfort of our own homes using tricks and tools meant for our bodies, and some meant for something completely different. It’s about consistency and ingenuity.
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Trigger point massage hooks are another great option for customizable pressure, since you have great leverage to pull on the handle and get as deep and firm as you need. Ah, sweet relief.
Neck and jaw
Start at the back of the neck, with the notch in your tool straddling the spine. With the gua sha flat against the skin, scrape upward toward the base of your skull and give a little wiggle at that point to release. Use the long edge of the tool for the sides of the neck, and start at the top near your ear, using a downstroke. Wiggle the thin side of the tool under your jaw, then lay the tool flat while using a downstroke toward your collarbone for the front of the neck. Use the notch to move from the chin to the ear along the jaw to relieve that area.
Butt and hips
For the hips, we like having that leverage and control again, but the rolling pin is too intense and bulky. Opt for something more precise for hip flexors, groin, and sciatic region, and use a body roller like this multi-use roller or this cooling and energetically infused rose quartz body roller to iron out tightness.
Full body release