Almost every single night, I wind up with the same exact problem: a super tight, cramped-up neck. Between sitting hunched over my laptop all day and having way too many Netflix binge-watching sessions, it’s really no surprise that it’s a regularly occurrence. While getting rid of that pain isn’t exactly easy—or cheap!—there is one super-affordable option that helps almost immediately. I’d love to a masseuse on call to help banish those knots in the neck, but that’s just not realistic.
Instead, I’m left with the next best thing: a tennis ball. The solution seems so ridiculously simple—especially considering aspirin has been my BFF lately. And even though it can’t fix crappy posture, it can definitely provide some relief until we all finally decide to sit up straight (it’s hard, okay?). Here’s exactly how to give yourself an epic neck massage right at home.
To give yourself a neck massage with a tennis ball, first find a comfortable spot on the floor to lie down. Then, follow these simple instructions.
There are some other ways to get relief at home, too—no masseuse needed. Here’s how to use a tennis ball to work out your shoulder knots. Then learn how to make foam rolling feel like a full-body massage.