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Best Self-Massage Methods for Stress Relief

Best Self-Massage Methods for Stress Relief

Massaging yourself may not be very effective in reducing stress, but there are many other ways to relieve stress. Self-massage techniques will release tension and stress in your muscles, which can make you feel more relaxed.

Here are the top 5 self-massage techniques you can do:

Woman in a blue top sitting on a massage chair face down, getting a neck massage

Neck Massage

The neck is often an area of tension for many people. A simple self-massage can provide relief to this commonly stressed point, which will help you feel more relaxed throughout your day!

How to do it

Start by placing your hands on your neck and gently massaging the muscles. Use your fingertips to knead the muscles and work out any knots. You can also use your fingers to massage the pressure points on your neck.

Therapist kneading the muscle knot on a client's right shoulder

Shoulder Massage

Massaging your shoulder can be a great way to relieve tension and stress. By applying pressure to specific points, you are able to stimulate blood flow which relieves pain in the area as well increases circulation overall

How to do it

Place your hands on your shoulders and start massaging the muscles. Use your fingertips to knead, and use circular movements to relieve tension in the shoulders. You can also try massaging your shoulder blades by using a small ball or rolling pin.

Therapist giving hand massage by pressing on the client's right palm

Hand Massage

Hand massage is an effective way to relieve tension in the hands and wrists. It works by applying pressure with friction, which irritates your skin until it becomes soft enough for you to pull out any knots or cramps that might be causing discomfort.

How to do it

Sit in a comfortable position and place your hands over one another so that the tops of your palms are pressing against each other (as if you were praying). Then, start massaging your hands by pressing one palm with the other. Use firm pressure and circular movements to massage each hand for a few minutes.

Therapist kneading client's left calf on a massage table

Leg Massage

The legs are often overlooked when it comes to stress relief, but they're actually one of the most effective areas in terms of tension reduction. You can easily do this massage by yourself as well.

How to do it

Start by massaging your calves in a circular motion using your hands. Then, move up to your thighs and massage them in the same way. Use your fingers to work out any knots or tension points you may find. Finally, massage your feet for a few minutes.

Foot massage is one of the best self-massage methods for stress relief

Foot Massage

While it might sound counterintuitive to get a foot massage, studies have shown that this simple act can be extremely relaxing. You don't even need anyone else's help! All you'll want is some oil or lotion (depending on what type of feet you're working with) and your hands. 

How to do it

Sit in a comfortable position and take off your shoes. Massage the soles of your feet using your thumbs or fingertips, running them along the arch of each foot from the heel to toe. You can also press on the pressure points on each foot for a minute or two.


These are just a few of the many self-massage techniques you can use to relieve stress. Experiment with different techniques and find the ones that work best for you.

Self-massage is a great way to relieve stress and tension in the body. It’s easy to do, and you can do it anywhere. Try incorporating these techniques into your daily routine to help reduce stress levels.

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