Here’s how to massage yourself during a long flight:
- Apply the tennis ball to an area that feels sore or tense
- Add pressure so you feel what some might call a “good” pain
- Relax into the pressure so your knots and tight areas can release and soften
- After you’ve massaged the area, make sure you stretch it out and keep it moving, perhaps going for a walk around the cabin
Massage therapist, Nema Nyar, says that doing this simple exercise can really improve your health.
“Self-massage with tennis balls is greatly enhanced by stretching, which further increases circulation and reeducates the muscles to rest at a longer length,” she said.
“The pressure may be painful, but if it feels like good pain and you can relax in it, stay there for a few breaths.”
This article originally appeared on Starts at 60.