How to Give a Neck Massage in 5 Simple Steps

By Heidi Wachter |

You don’t have to be a certified massage therapist to help a loved one find some relief from his or her aching neck.

Bryan Tharnish, LifeSpa Massage Therapist and Regional Massage Educator for Life Time — The Healthy Way Of Life Company, offers these tips for giving a neck massage, which you can do just about anywhere:

  1. Now massage the front of the neck. Apply gentle, consistent pressure (without pressing the trachea), moving downward from below the head to the shoulders.

Plan to devote a minimum of 15 minutes for the treatment, checking in with your loved one throughout to determine how much pressure they like and if there are certain spots along the neck and upper shoulders that need more attention.

For more on the health benefits of massage, check out “Mmm, Massage: Surprising Ways Massage Heals the Body and Mind.”

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