Help me get rid of shoulder tension that’s plagued me since 1980
February 28, 2014 7:06 AM Subscribe
I carry all the tensions of my life in my shoulders and neck. Any time of day or night, if I turn my focus to my shoulders, I’ll find they’re involuntarily tensed tight, as if my body were trying to curl up and brace itself against something. Even when I feel quite happy and relaxed, the tension is there. I would love to hear your recommendations on the best way to address this specific problem. I’d like it if the solution were something I could do myself, but I’m open to considering yoga, massage, whatever, if they will lead to a lasting solution.
posted by ROTFL to Health & Fitness (35 answers total) 46 users marked this as a favorite
The key part of this question is: I’d like something that I can use to keep my shoulders relaxed all of the time. So a massage that will relax them and keep them relaxed for a day or two is not going to do the trick by itself. It’s gotten to the point where they’re so tense I barely know what it feels like to have them relaxed. I will probably have to learn a whole new way to hold my body.
I mainly want to hear from people who have tackled this isolated-tension problem themselves, especially if it involved neck or shoulders. Are there any particular exercises or techniques that you can pass along? What finally gave you lasting, unconscious, 24/7 relaxation of the troubled muscles?