A car accident from previous years with scar tissue in my neck, reminders of my past come active and alive especially during winter. I brace myself treading lightly over the ice on sidewalks, my shoulders lightly raised in tension as the cold tries to embrace my body and soul. It can be a long winter in the mountains of North Central Washington.
Thankful for a well trained massage therapist who gave valuable advice long ago, included in my personal routines. He suggested I find those tense, tight muscles who try and escape at the slightest touch, apply pressure to work out the knots. I have found a plastic spike ball approximately 3 inches diameter, rolled on the area to relieve pressure points. This simple strategy gets me through to the next massage therapist appointment, as I consider them as one of my true helpers.
The how: make friends with your carpet, place massage ball directly under the area that aches, rolling it gently to stretch and relieve.
Throw in a 90 degree stretch on the floor up a wall , legs straight, straight up in the air, slowly sliding to the side of wall each to the opposite direction……stretching back, thighs.