Self massage for the neck part 2: Trapezius
This is "technically" a back muscle, however, it extends up the neck to the base of the skull, and can be the source of headaches and neck pain.
So today, it is a neck muscle.
Grab the muscle tissue along the tops of your shoulders from the angle of the neck out towards the shoulder, until you can no longer grab hold of soft tissue. Vary your grasp from your whole hand or just your fingers. To make it easier on your hands, instead of kneading, just hold the soft tissue and move your head around.
Slowly. Turn your head from left to right. Side to side. Play around with it. How does it feel?
For a real treat, just take a hold of a TINY pinch of skin right at the neck/ shoulder angle. See if you can find something that feels like a thin cord that runs along that line (think pencil lead). You may feel a sharp sensation in your head before your fingers can register what they're holding.
Don't try to go overboard trying to hulk smash on your muscles. Daily attention at a moderate pressure is much more effective than trying to destroy every knot ever created in one go.
If you did want to take this to the next level tho, grab a tennis ball, place it between your back and the wall, and roll it along the length of your spine, and around your shoulder blades.
You can see where this muscle attaches in the pic.
This muscle, when tight, can be the cause of:
#Burning (pain along spine)
#Bursitis (of the shoulder)