With midterms coming up, it’s not unusual to develop muscle aches while studying hunched over all night. As beneficial as professional massages are to the body and the mind, they can be costly. And for college students on budgets and with busy schedules, not everyone can enjoy that luxury. Still, no one should be deprived of a little relaxation. Here are a few easy self-massages that will ease all the tension away!
2. Scalp Massage (for headache relief)
First, if you are wearing your hair in a tight ponytail or bun, it would help to either loosen the hair tie or let your hair down. Locate your occipital ridge, which is where the base of your skull meets your neck. The occipital ridge is where a lot of muscles attach, and thus where the tension is stored. Massaging this ridge can lead to quick headache relief. Place your fingers on the top of your head so that your thumbs can easily massage the occipital ridge.
3. Hand Massage
4. Face Massage
Using both hands, place both sets of index and middle fingers on the center of your forehead. In small circular motions, move across the forehead to the temples (It’s also beneficial to massage across the brow bone, specifically at the spot where your eyebrow begins, since this spot holds a lot of tension when you furrow your brow.) After this, continue with circulation motions, move to your jaw muscles, and then up by the sides of your nose and back to your forehead.
5. Menstrual Cramp Relief
There are a variety of pressure points in the body that can be used to relieve period pains, but let’s focus on the ones in the feet. The Bigger Rushing Point is located between the big and second toe. Place your index finger between the two bones and apply pressure in the direction of the second toe for around a minute. The Grandfather Grandson Point, which can be found if you press your thumbs into the area where the big toe bone meets the rest of the foot, is another pressure point. Slide your thumbs along the bone in the direction of your ankle to feel the relief.
6. Lower Back Massage
This last massage tip requires a tool: a tennis ball. Lay face-up on the floor, using your elbows to prop you up. Place the tennis ball under you on the lower side of your back, along the muscles by the spine (but do NOT place directly on spine!) Gently move your body towards your heels, so you can feel the tennis ball roll on the muscles. Continue this for around a minute and a half, gradually applying more pressure.