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Quick Tip: Massage Routine for Relief from Tension Headaches

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Tension headaches are those dull achy headaches that often start to develop around mid-day. They are often stress or anxiety induced, and are usually dealt with by taking non-prescription pain relief drugs. However, recent surveys show that many of us aren’t comfortable taking a tablet as soon as pain strikes and would rather be dealing with them naturally.

Here’s a simple and effective self-help massage routine you can use to chase away tension headache pain...

sit up straight and place your fingertips behind your earlobes at the back of your head

begin to massage slowly inwards around the base of your skull until your fingers meet in the hollow where the base of your skull and the top of your neck meet - at that point use the index and middle fingers of one hand to massage in a small firm circle

lean back into your fingers and breathe deeply as you keep massaging for a minute or two

now take the index and middle fingers of each hand and find the hollow on either side of your neck just under the base of your skull and again lean back into you fingers and breathe deeply as you massage the area

turn your head as far to the left as you can, and repeat to the right

raise your shoulders up towards your ears and then lower them as far as you can

look left and right again

finally, take a deep breath and have a stretch


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