These can help if you’re feeling tense but don’t have time for a massage
Most of us would welcome the chance to have a full-body massage, but the truth is that it’s hard to squeeze this into a busy schedule. Still, you can apply some gentle pressure yourself to find some relief. Here are some suggestions for ways to access some of the areas that most of us find problematic from time to time.
Just be sure to go easy as you get to know these movements—especially in delicate areas around the eyes.
Relieve Tired Eyes
If you find yourself rubbing your eyes after hours at the computer, here’s a simple way to reduce eye strain, relieve some of the sinus pressure, improve circulation, and (hopefully) ward off a headache. Close your eyes and then use your thumbs to gently touch the skin below your eyebrows, starting near the bridge of your nose. Press your thumbs in tiny circles on your brow bone (not the eye sockets themselves), then move slowly towards the outer edges of your brows, and then circle back to where you started. You might notice especially tender spots where the bridge of your nose meets your eye socket.
Help out your hands
If you’re used to sitting at a keyboard all day—or even if you’re typing texts all day on your smartphone’s tiny keyboard—these moves will bring some relief to your hands.
First, use the thumb and forefinger of one hand to massage each finger on the other hand, starting at the knuckle and working your way down the finger. Don’t be afraid to gently twist and pull the finger. You’re likely to feel the tension release as you do this—especially in the fingers you use the most. Don’t forget to switch hands, and don’t neglect the non-mousing hand! Now rest one of your palms, face up, on your thigh, and use the other hand to squeeze the tissue just above the wrist, and then between the thumb and forefinger. Pay attention to any points that are tender, and slow down the movement there. Then use your thumb to make longer strokes from your wrist to the meaty part below each finger joint. Notice if there is more tension in one hand than the other.
When you’re finished, take a minute or two to breathe deeply before you resume your work or next item on your to-do list. If you start treating your body like a delicate instrument and less like a machine, you might find you have fewer problems over time.
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