Last Updated on February 14, 2019 by uts_admin
A lot of stress we feel in our bodies could be caused by tried, overworked muscles. Especially in the neck, back and arms. For instance, bad posture, sitting at a desk all day, and repetitive moments such as typing can all make certain muscles work overtime. This can all lead to muscle tension, which will manifest itself as stress – that general feeling of being tired or lacking energy.
That’s right! Even if you aren’t feeling sore or experiencing pain in a particular muscle, this doesn’t mean your muscles aren’t strained and overworked. Stress or general fatigue are your body’s early warning signs that you need to slow down, and work out where the issue is in your body.
This is why many people will say a professional full-body massage is pure bliss that leaves them rejuvenated and reinvigorated. It’s because the masseuse has released built up muscle tension that the receiver probably never even realized was there!
But don’t worry, you don’t need to splurge big bucks at a top salon. In fact, you can get most of the stress-releasing effects of a professional massage with these 3 easy techniques that focus on the major stress-holding muscle groups. Take 5-10 minutes each day to try these techniques. You will feel the difference they make to your mood and energy levels. For best results, especially if most of you day involves sitting at a desk or driving, make them a part of your regular screen breaks.
Start with a body oil for the perfect glide
Don’t even think of massaging yourself or anyone else without applying a body oil first! You want the massage to feel silky and smooth, not rough and harsh.
You can make your own DIY massage oil from coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil, or we have 3 beautiful body oils to choose from, formulated with skin nourishing oils and infused with all natural, gorgeous essential oils to relax, uplift and transform your mood.
Exercise 1: Release neck muscles to relieve pain and stiffness
Often neck pain is a result of clenching your jaw. In fact, take notice of your jaw right now, it may very well be tensed up!
Being more mindful of your jaw throughout the day will help to prevent neck pain and stiffness. But for a quick fix, try this relaxing massage technique:
Find the bone that juts out right behind the ear and apply gentle pressure to it. Follow the muscle all the way down your neck to your shoulder. Apply pressure and slide your hand down, or gently massage in circular motions. If you are having trouble following the muscle, try turning your head and you will feel it flex under your fingers. Repeat on the other side and do as many times as necessary.
Exercise 2: Loosen up your shoulder muscles
We all know the struggle of tight, tense shoulders. This is often a result of bad posture or hunching up in front of a computer screen all day.
To help relax your upper shoulders, take your right hand, place it on your left shoulder. You hand will fall naturally onto your trapezius muscle, one of the major muscles of the back, and which connects your shoulder, neck and spine. Grasp the muscle firmly with your fingers and slowly roll the muscle over, gently towards your collar bone. Move your elbow in various directions to expose different fibers of the trapezius to your fingers. Repeat on the other side.
Exercise 3: Massage tight forearm muscles
Forearms are one body part that are often overlooked. But it’s important to give attention to these muscles due to all the work they do every day. Every time you use your hands, you are using muscles in your forearms. With overuse they can quickly become quite painful.
Rest your arm on a table, palm up. Wrap your opposite hand around your forearm with your thumb on the inner part of your arm. Use your thumb to massage your inner forearm in gentle, circular motions, and moving up and down the forearm. Repeat on the other arm.
Practice these are three simple massage techniques daily as many times as you can. Add in a few simple yoga stretches at the start of the day and and just notice the difference!
166 thoughts on “Do These 3 Stress Reducing Massage Techniques Every Day”
I’ll have to try these exercises
I do these often. Sometimes it’s hard due to fibromyalgia, but being gentle works most of the time.
Oh wow, I’m going to try this
They work miracles!! I promise!
I will try these – anything to help relieve some stress
Great for Anxiety
These are great quick and simple techniques that really do help. Thank you for sharing.
I have tried these. I suffer from severe fibromyalgia and many medical issues, so stress is a daily battle.
Will try this tonight. Thanks for sharing.
Definitely could use some loosening up.. those shoulder muscles I mean
These sound great, I will have to try some.
Sounds like helpful advice.
Great advice and how about any types of incense for muscle pain, I fell 2 weeks ago and my leg is really bad. I do Epson Salt soaks but need other options. Hopefully it eases up soon.
I will definitely be trying these 3 out.
I love a good massage.
These sound like great techniques, i will give them a try.
After beginning yoga classes a couple of years ago, I had my first massage ever. It was great for loosening up and letting go of all the tension. Thanks for the tips in this article. Also, I went to You Tube, subscribed, and watched and liked the video, but the sweeps entry would not give me credit for it. It just said: Sorry, error occurred.
I am sending this to my daughter was suffers neck and back pain. Thanks for the tips!
These exercises would help me a lot
i need to do this!
Love to be stress free!
thank u for the tips i suffer from back neck pain i will try these tips thank u
Thanks for the tips! My neck could use the relaxation
I like the one for the forearms since I am on the computer all the time.
Might work great for tension headaches, also!
great techniques will try them!
I need to try. I am always stressed out it seems
Thanks for sharing!
I’ll have to try these on hubby and then he can return the favour
oh man, can’t wait to test these out! thanks!
Thanks for the tip, hope it helps my stress levels.
Thank you for the great tips, I have neck pain
Great techniques will try them.
I definitely have to try this . I do physical labour and my back gets very tensed up . I don’t go for massages nearly enough .
It’s amazing what a massage with the right products and techniques can do for stress! Love this!
Sounds like a great way to help my pains
I would love to try these
This would be absolutely amazing for me to win! I love essential oils and the help and benefits they have to offer and…they smell absolutely wonderful!!
I’ll give them a try.
These are could even be done at your work desk.
Message works and there are few things that can compete with its effective results 🙂 thanks for the info!
so funny –my jaw was tensed up ! wish I had someone to do me message.
I love coconut oil. It is a wonderful massage oil
Can be so relaxing when done right
I bookmarked this page. Going to need to refer back , these techniques felt good.
Sounds like helpful advice hope it helps my stress levels
Always using these techniques. My muscles thank me!
I will have to try these because my job is a pain in the neck literally.
Got to give this a try
Wow! What great info I am going to be trying all these the neck one for sure my neck is always so tight and sore. Thanks for sharing 😊
This is not something I suffer from but definitely have a son who does
I do need to try this
I will try this
Will have to try these I have fibromyalgia and am always looking for things to loosen my muscles!
Wow this is so amazing
Thanks for the great tips
Always good to exercise
I’ll have to try these sometime. I love a good massage!
I love massage! I’ll be trying these on my wife.
These techniques really do work.
I will start to do these often, I know they will help reduce stress. I have some Lavender oil now and will look into purchasing the others soon
I have a lot of stress in my life. Hopefully putting these tips to work for me will help.
I need to try this with my stressful warehouse job
phew i need to do the shoulder exercises because i struggle with shoulder pain that reaches to neck so i wil be doing this.
Definitely will try these stretches. So long to some of my stress!
Nice! I just did the 3 exercises as I read them, only took a few minutes but WOW I needed that! Especially the 1st one in the neck felt amazing, I hadn’t even realized I was so tense there! Will definitely remember these to do whenever I’m watching tv 🙂
I’ve been doing this for a while, not the same as a massage, but does help.
Great tips, thanks!
I like the shoulder massage a lot. Works well for me. You can also shrug your shoulders up toward your ears and then pull them down.
I would love to, I’m always stressful
Great advice – I’ll be trying these
im definately gonna have a go at these massages
I need to do these every day. My neck always aches.
These ideas sound great and I will have to try them
This I need to keep handy for work!
LOVE TO TRY THIS BUT I HAVE CHUBBY LITTLE ARMS I HAVE TO WORK ON IT
Ha! Marlene. The only thing better than giving yourself a massage, is getting one from someone else. Show your partner these techniques and do them one each other!
Thank you for these tips
Thanks for the tips
I will definitely have to try these tips
I do massage myself sometimes but I need to take more time with it and dig deeper into my muscles with a good oil!
Love to try it
Will have to give these a go
Definitely going to try these, my neck has a painful area when I move a certain way, maybe clenching my jaw too much. Thanks.
Wow nice amazing page
My husband has neck and back problems so this will really help!
Just what I need
Very useful for my mother
Great tips! I will try these!
Tengo que probar esto porque padezco mucho de la espalda
I used the neck muscle relief maneuver just now. Thinks it helped. Always get a stiff neck! Thanks for the info.
I would love to try
need to do this since I am always stressed
I need to do this everyday. I’m always stressed.
I was just diagnosed with RA so I will definitely try these techniques!
Excellent suggestions especially for those of us at a desk and/or computer for hours🌱
I love essential oils and often use these massage techiques .I really destress when I can get my husband to give body massage with oils its so relaxing.Thank you for the amazing giveaway you are having.I would love to win and use these.
This was very helpful as I am truly living a day that is constant stress.
Loosening up shoulders is a great benefit!
I’m gonna have to try these, I’m constantly stressed out.
I already do these exercises and they do work. Paired with the right essential oil it works wonders.
I have just started using essential oils and I will be using the exercises to go along with the essential oils.
Neck Pain keeps me up all night…I am in.
I’d never thought of massages, but I do meditate several times a day. I’m definitely going to try these. THANKS Utama!
LOL YES massage is…. well… I crave it, it’s wonderful. I TRY to get the DH to give me just FIVE minutes of massage on my neck/shoulders. He’s pathetic. I should have realized this before I married him….. LOL I think when you are married, one should not have to go pay tons of money to get a simple back rub….
I love a good massage, I am due for one too.
I learn something new every day
Awesome information I have a lot of neck pain
Thanks for the suggestions and tips!
I can handle massaging my forearm muscles.
Well now I know how to help myself relax and de-stress at work.
Great tips but I find doing yoga and a lot of stretching helps too.
Thanks for the great tips!
I would love to try these – just finished an aromatherapy class!
I need the neck and shoulder massages. I’ll be sure to try! Thanks.
Thank you for the wonderful tips!
I’m going to try these on my husband. He’s always so stressed from work. It would be nice to find a way to relax him.
need to try this on my neck
Stress is a killer you must try
I definitely need to try this. Thank you
Great information I will be sharing this so my friends and family can also learn about this thanks 🙏🏻
I suffer from chronic pain in those described areas, and always figured it to be tension or stress related. Will give these massage techniques a go’ and cant wait to see and feel the results.
My chiropractor taught me how to loosen my neck and shoulders. I didn’t know about the forearms but makes sense!
I’m going to try these, they sound beneficial. Thanks!
Thanks for the tips! I would love to try these 🙂
I have a lumbar disc bulge, sounds like I would get benefits from it
Thank you for all these tips…hopefully, they work.
I use oil of Eucalyptus and camphor for a very gentle massage due to my fibromyalgia. Really helps with the pain, stiffness and perpetual muscle tension.
I have performed massages before, but it never occurred to me to use essential oils. I am looking to try a neck massage with a calming oil. I have a lot of neck pain, and this’ll likely help.
I didn’t know my arms needed this until I tried it.
i need this thank you
Never knew this and simple steps as well . Differently going to try these steps !
some great things to try! Very easy as well!
Thankyou so much for the tips! It’s really helpful 😀
I will definitely have to try these!
I’m always tensed up maybe this will help out
Thank you for the interesting information
Willing to try anything to get relief.
I never knew about this. Thanks for posting this, will try it right away.
I never even thought of coconut oil. thanks for info
Will try to do these when I get stressed at work.
My family and I are such stress heads, this seems like the perfect daily solution to ease off some of the tension. Thank you
These are great. I tend to tighten my muscles when I’m stressed. Pinned for future reference! Thanks!
I really want to try them all, so many benefits
I do all these techniques and they work great.
will have to give these ago
I knew about massaging shoulders and neck but never thought of forearms (duh!) Thanks for the info.
Would love to try I need some relief for my back
Great stress reducing techniques.
This sounds like great advice! I find most of my tension in my neck and shoulders!
I have tension in my neck and shoulders after a long work day. Thanks for the great information.
I’m definitely going to try these. Thank you for sharing.
I will learn it
Thank you for the information.
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