11 Seriously Wonderful Self-Massage Tips That Will Make You Feel Amazing

 
By 4 February 2017
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Here’s how to do it:
1. Using the pads of your fingertips, press up under your cheekbones, starting at the apples of your cheeks.
2. Open and close your mouth as you press up into your cheekbones.
3. Do this all the way back, following an imaginary beard line.
4. When you reach your sideburns, press your thumb under your jawbone and pull your fingertips down the side of your face.
5. Repeat movement along your jaw, moving toward your chin.
6. Finally, grab chin and pull the skin down between your thumbs and fingertips.

5. If your knees get sore from sitting at a desk all day:

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This will work out the bound connective tissue fibers called fascia — aka what you probably think of as knots — that form when your legs are bent for too long.

Here’s how to do it:
1. While sitting, unbend your leg and let it rest so the muscles in your quad are soft.
2. Press into where it hurts with a fingertip or a knuckle and massage in a star shape for 10 seconds.
3. Bend and straighten your knee twice.
4. Repeat 2–3 times for each place it hurts.

6. If your butt is sore from all that sitting:

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Or if you just want to massage your butt because it feels good.

Here’s how to do it:
1. Sit on the ground with your legs bent, your hands resting on the ground behind you, and a tennis ball under your butt cheek.
2. Lift your leg off the ground and roll around on the ball, working into the places you feel most tension.
3. Repeat on your other side.

7. If your forearms are sore:

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This move feels good pain or no pain, but if you work with your hands a lot, whether typing all day at a computer or doing manual labor, it’s a lifesaver.

Here’s how to do it:
1. Hold your arm out, palm up, and cup it just under the elbow with your opposite hand.
2. Flip your arm within you grip so your palm faces the ground.
3. Repeat all down your arm until you reach your wrist.

Don’t squeeze too hard. Per Silbar: “We’re just taking the casing of a sausage and twisting. We’re not squeezing the meat out of it.”

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