Is your hectic schedule taking its toll on your body? Do you find it hard to get through the day after a workout because of those sore muscles? You probably need a massage, which eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But since most of us can’t fit a session with a masseur into daily routine, so here are some pro tips that you can use to give yourself a massage for sore muscles:
Place your right hand on top of your head, and gently pull your right ear towards your shoulder. Repeat on the left side.
Lay on the floor with a tennis ball placed near the area that hurts, it could be your lower back or between your shoulder blades. Roll the ball around until you hit the spot that is most sore, and lie there for 5 minutes or until you feel your muscles relax.
Hold your hand up, palm facing outward. Using your right hand, pull the fingers back toward your wrist until you feel a stretch. Hold that position for 5 seconds, and then repeat the stretch on your right hand.
Stretch out to hold both sides of a doorway, elbows bent. Walk forward to feel a stretch in your chest and arms.
Stand about 2 feet in front of a chair (without wheels) and place your right foot on seat, hands on hips. Shift your weight forward to feel a stretch in front of the left hip. Switch sides.
Place a tennis ball under one heel, and then stand and sink your body weight onto the ball. Slowly roll the ball from the heel to the base of the toes, spreading your toes wide under the ball. Repeat on the opposite foot. Use a frozen water bottle to ice under each foot after.
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