If you are stressed, anxious, this causes tension in the muscles. If these tensions set in and accumulate, it can even lead to muscle contractures. You can then feel pain in the skull, neck, shoulders, down to the back, in the lumbar region. Some objects, thanks to their mechanical action (pressing, rolling, massaging, stretching), relax muscle fibers and therefore reduce these tensions.
You can also use a little more high-tech tools such as massage rollers which, when activated, trigger vibrations. Several brands manufacture these massage rollers. They aim to relax tight muscles.
Objects that do good
These objects can be used on all parts of the body, in all positions … After 15 minutes of testing, you feel a certain relaxation of the muscles. On the other hand, some positions are not very comfortable and for this to work, you still have to press hard and it can be a bit painful. It is therefore difficult to speak of absolute relaxation.
Be careful, if you have an injury for example, it is better to avoid them because it could make it worse. In this case, it is better to consult a specialist.
The Do In technique
Do In is a self-massage technique derived from traditional Chinese medicine. One of the masters of the discipline Toshi Ichikawa, born in Japan, in Tokyo, has been practicing Do In since his childhood.
“Konichiwa, konichiwa! The first Chinese character is the Do, it is the way and the hand, it means” to guide the way “, and the In means” to draw “. The principle of the Do In is to take the external energy towards our interior, and to make circulate this energy so as not to have blockage, not to have imbalance, and to harmonize the body “.
The session begins with a few warm-ups, a few stretches and a little relaxation. One of the key points of Do In is breathing, it must be ample and deep, synchronized with the movements. Here are the explanations of the master for the self-massage of the skull.
“We put the pointed fingers, and we start to slide them through the hair. You can go in the middle of your head, with the thumb behind the scalp, you raise your head slightly and you slide behind the scalp, this is the occipital zone, this is where there is a lot of accumulation of fatigue in the head. Slide, up to the temples, very well “.
Effectiveness of these self-massages
Tongue, cheekbones, jaw, nose… the idea is really to work all the muscles of the face to relax them.
There is another key area in Japanese tradition which is the belly. It is the center of energy, respiration and digestion. If the tummy is relaxed, you are relaxed. The goal is to soften the diaphragm and expel all the negative energies accumulated throughout the day. You will come out of this session really relaxed and relaxed.
“For all this, we only need our hands! The fingers, the hands, it is a formidable tool. It is the organ of sensation, we can feel that the arm is outstretched, we can feel something which is not going well, so developing our feelings is very interesting ” explains master Do In.
You can reproduce these exercises very easily, at home or even at work, no need to be a massage expert. The ideal is to devote at least 10 minutes to it every day.