Gretchen and I have been dying for massages since this whole quarantine started and after dealing with some particularly annoying neck pain, I looked into how I could relieve it on my own. What I wound up doing, helped so much that I wanted to share it with all of you. Honestly, who knows when we will be able to get a real massage again, but I also liked it so much that I may even continue to use these techniques instead of getting massages just to save money.
The first technique is so easy, and all that you need is a tennis ball (I just got a puppy so luckily I have plenty of them around). All you do is take the tennis ball and place it between your back and the wall and lean against it, securing it in place. Once you have the ball firmly wedged between the back and the wall, roll your back around on the ball so that it moves all throughout your back. Stay longer on the areas that are tight and do smaller circles and then move it to the next spot and repeat. You can also do this same process laying down with the ball between your back and the floor. It feels so good and really works well.
If you want to go extra like I did you can also get this hand held massager. I absolutely love this machine and I use it all the time. It's works by sending pulses of pressure that penetrate deep into muscle tissue, and is designed to relieve muscle aches, pain and soreness. It also speeds up muscle recovery and reduces the risk of exercise injuries. It's lightweight, easy to use, and quiet too.
You can also use a foam roller like this one which is especially good for targeting the legs and glutes. Try any of these out and get the release that you deserve. Follow it up with a hot bath and a face mask and it will be just like going to the spa (until one of your kids starts screaming that is).