Woman rubbing sides of forehead to relax

From Sharp Health News, a publication of Sharp HealthCare

While we all look forward to summer, the changes in your schedule can make you feel out of sync with your daily routine. You might even experience some stress in both mind and body.

These 3 self-care massage strategies can help calm the nervous system and release pent-up energy:

  1. Neck relief for headaches and soreness
    Take the palm of your hand and center it at the back of the head where the base of the skull meets the spine. With medium pressure, squeeze and grasp the back of the neck by drawing the fingers toward the center. Release and repeat 4 times with the right hand, then 4 times with the left hand.
  2. Temple massage for tension headaches and tired eyes
    Place your index and middle fingertips at the temple just beside the eyes. With light pressure, begin 6 to 8 clockwise circular movements, then 6 to 8 counterclockwise circular movements. Repeat as many times as you’d like. 
  3. Pressure point for tired, achy hands
    Press your thumb and index finger into the web of muscle between the thumb and index finger of the other hand. Press and wiggle through the muscle tissue toward the edge of skin. Repeat as many times as you’d like.

The use of essential oils and aromatherapy can also help amplify some of these techniques. Lavender calms and soothes, while lemongrass energizes our senses.

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