(Part two of the three part Simple Stress Release series)
I would be denying you a true gem if I didn’t share this with you. I call it the magical ball. The photo above is a picture of it, and although there are many massage balls in existence, this little playground ball rocks! It’s the Mikasa Playground Ball p500. You can get them at your local sporting goods store or online. At the local store the price of the ball is only $3.99
I don’t know specifically why or how it works, but I do know that it works and it works wonders!
I’m a huge fan the Thai massage and Deep Tissue massage but they can get expensive. At the same time I don’t like having tight muscles and knots. The ball is my at home affordable solution.
How I met the Magical Ball
It was sometime last year when I was in Pilates Class and the instructor brought in these red playground balls for us to use. I was doing my best to keep my balance on two of them when one rolled up between my shoulder blades and I felt the tension in my shoulders release.
I thought of G (my husband) and how his shoulder and upper back muscles are always in knots which, happens to most people who are on the computer as much as he is. After class, I went to the local sporting goods shop to get a foam roll, which I also love, and I saw that magical little red ball. They were about four dollars, so I bought one for him and two for me.
When he came home from work I introduced him to the ball. At first he gave me a perplexed look and a confused nod. I plopped down on the floor to demonstrate how to use it and when he tried it, he was happily surprised. He said it worked better than some of the deep tissue massages he’s gotten because it goes deeper into the shoulder blade region. Even today he says the ball is the best gift I’ve ever given him.
How to use the ball
(1) Inflate the Ball if you don’t already have a ball pump then don’t forget to purchase one. The ball will slowly deflate over time and you will want to keep about 1.5 pounds of air in it.
(3) Place the Ball on your lower back or up between your shoulder blades. It is also a nice neck rest. I don’t recommend having the ball directly on your spine, better to have it work into the muscle.
(4) The Shoulder Position you may want your hands behind your head as if you are doing a small sit-up. Have your feet are flat on the floor, your pelvis raised off of the ground, this increases the pressure on the ball and muscle. Use your legs to move you over the ball.
I know some people like to use tennis balls. I find them more uncomfortable and there placement needs to be more specific. The playground ball is much softer and you don’t need to be as precise.
Please share your favorite massage tips and stress relief tips. Since, “Variety is the spice of life” we might as well mix it up.