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 self-massage techniques provided by Elements Massage of Beavercreek 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.
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 impair your golf performance.
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.
Tend to your Garden… and Back
Many people also find gardening to be a very therapeutic activity, but it can also take a toll on the body. Make sure you are ready for your next gardening session by working all of those kinks and knots out of your lower back.
To help ease lower back tension, use a tennis ball to massage the area. Place a tennis ball between your lower back and the wall. Find the right spot for the ball, and rock your body in a tiny motion - up and down or left and right - to work out knots and tightness in your back.
Beat the Heat
With the sun high in the sky and a cool breeze in the air, sometimes the most relaxing activity is working on that summer glow. Don’t let a relaxing day in the sun come to a screeching halt; avoid the post-sunbathing headache.
Try a quick head massage to ease the pain. Start by placing your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears, and use your fingertips to gently apply pressure and rub the temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear). Using very firm pressure and a tiny circular motion, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, massaging your entire forehead and scalp as you inch along. And remember to drink plenty of water!