TOP MASSAGE TIPS
HAPPY MUSCLES MAKE FOR HAPPY SURFERS SO IF YOU’RE IN NEED OF A LITTLE TLC TRY THESE AT-HOME MASSAGES.
Put one or two tennis balls in a sock and you can use this as a massage ball (no joke!). Roll your body against the ball up against a wall or on the floor, to massage muscles you can’t reach with your hands. If the tennis balls are too soft use golf balls or hockey balls.
Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. These foam rollers can be used the same way the tennis balls.
HEAT / THERMOTHERAPY
Increasing heat from the friction of a massage, or introducing a heat source, will affect muscle fibres positively. Applying heat to an inflamed area will dilate the blood vessels, promote blood flow, and help sore and tightened muscles relax. Improved circulation can help eliminate the build-up of lactic acid waste, which occurs after some types of exercise.
HEAD AND SCALP MASSAGE
Simply place the heel of your palm under your hair on either side of your head, near your temples. Then push the scalp up towards the ceiling, hold for a few seconds and release. Gradually work through the entire scalp and feel the stress float away.
Begin by moving your thumb along the edges your palm, moving your thumb around in a circular motion and compressing your palm with your thumbs in a short movement up and down. Always massage from the inside out, applying the amount of pressure you are happy with (be aware that some areas are a little more tender than others).
NECK AND SHOULDERS
Before beginning this massage, it’s important to make sure your shoulders are dropped and not up by your ears. Begin by tucking your chin into your chest and stretching out the neck. Place two fingers on the back of your neck where your shoulders and neck meet. Press firmly and hold, then gradually release when your muscle begins to feel more relaxed. Once completed on both sides, roll your shoulders forwards and back, slowly.
Book in for a massage – it’s worth it. Every fortnight would be ideal. Always remember that if you’re suffering back pain it’s important to see a specialist. We can all struggle with aches and pains from time to time, but if things get worse it’s always best to invest some time and money into getting it looked at.