Yoga and Self-Massage for Headaches, Part Two: Yoga TUNE-UP ® BALL WORK
How can Yoga relieve tension headaches and even head certain migraines off at the pass?
There are infinite means by which yoga can positively transform the layers of our being. And of course all our layers or koshas, are interwoven and connected.
Specifically, our physical body, breath, thoughts, intuitive self become clearer so our inner light can shine through.
Your tension relief can be patiently dismantled through varied yogic approaches. Consistency is key; it will bring us closer to healthy states. I always tell my students that I’d rather they practiced 5-10 minutes a day than only once a week (even if that once-per-week is a longer time period.)
Self-Massage is Tonic for the Tissues
The sequence presented here is accessible and simple. The Yoga Tune-Up® ball work targets tension headaches, although of course you will experience relief throughout your system.
Self-massage will unravel tightness often tangled in our fascia*. It is a means to consistently sustain the releases usually experienced after working with a skilled massage therapist.
For over a decade I have used the Yoga Tune-Up® therapy balls as tools to smooth out habitual tension in my tissues. I love my massage therapist Theresa, and since I can’t ask her to move in with me I have a home-based method of home self-care.
I have shared these tools with my students across the life spectrum, from pregnant women to students in their 80s.
Yoga Tune-Up Ball® Practices for Headaches
Tension in upper back and neck.
Target: Splenius Capitus and Upper Trapezius . Splenius Capitus connects the base of the skull to the vertebrae in the neck and upper thorax. When one side acts singly, it causes the head to rotate and bend toward one side; together, each splenius capitus muscle brings the head into an upright position.
Tension in the temples
Target: Temporal Muscles. Temporal Muscles are one of several pairs of chewing muscles that are necessary for crushing and grinding objects between the molars. The muscle is a primary source of a headaches. healthline.com
Tension in the Jaw
Target : Masseter. The masseter is the thick rectangular muscle in the cheek that is one of four muscles of mastication, and considered the most powerful. As described here, stress and tension in my masseter led to earaches.
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Splenius Capitus Image Attribution:By modified by Uwe Gille – Gray Image:Gray409.png, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2510793
Temporalis Image Attribution:Henry Vandyke Carter [Public domain] Wikimedia Commons. Anatomist90 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]