Did you know we spend an AVERAGE of 9.5 hours a day looking at screens? And if your job requires you to be on the computer, that number jumps even higher.
It’s no wonder that most people experience “tech neck”; in other words, neck strain by looking down too often. Looking at our phones and our laptops, or even sitting hunched over the steering wheel of a car can *literally* be a pain in the neck.
Cutting down time spent on screens can help relieve symptoms, but because limiting device time isn’t always possible (especially if you work on the computer and phone), it helps to have other tools to help relieve the pain.
In addition to stretches and yoga, I like to do a self massage with this DIY Pain Relief Oil when my neck and shoulders feel more tense than usual. After a long day at work, traveling on an airplane, or even a tough commute, this oil can really help alleviate neck pain and get you feeling better in no time.
The massage brings a gentle warmth to your muscles while the essential oil benefits include stress relief and muscle relaxation. Besides the physical benefits, this oil smells like a dream: no hint of Bengay or Tiger Balm here!
At a glance:
Intermediate: Requires ingredients available at health food stores or online
Smooth skin, stress and pain relief
Around a year
About the massage oil ingredients
Lavender, South Africa
Anti-inflammatory, reduce pain and inflammation, soothing, relaxing, balancing
Powerful anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, relaxing, balancing
Anti-inflammatory, rubefacient. Helps increase blood flow to local area. Warming.
Antispasmodic, used to relieve spasm of involuntary muscle spasms
Anti-inflammatory, calming, grounding. Adds a slight base note.
Sweet Almond Oil
Provides slip, good for massage, high in EFAs
If you don’t have sweet almond oil, you can substitute with apricot kernel oil or sunflower oil.
Japanese "Forest Bathing" Bath Soak
One highly effective (and ancient) method of stress reduction that has been getting a lot of attention recently is the Japanese ritual of “forest bathing”. Also called “Shinrin-yoku” (from the Japanese shinrin= “forest”, yoku=”bath”), this practice is named for seeking out a natural environment and taking it in with all our senses.
Don’t you feel calmer already just *picturing* sitting in or walking through a peaceful, natural setting? Connecting to nature is one of the most effective ways to immediately reduce stress by bridging the gap between our hurried, technology-filled modern lives and our most natural, human state.
- 1/2 cup epsom salts
- 1/4 cup sea salts
- 1/4 cup baking soda
Essential oil blend
- 6 drops Mandarin essential oil
- 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- 3 drops Cedarwood essential oil
In a bowl or beaker, add salts and baking soda. Mix well.
Add essential oils.
Pour into a container to save for later or directly into the bathtub or foot bath to melt the stress of the day away.
Bring a wireless speaker or put your phone in a cup to amplify the sound into the bathroom. You can find a track of forest sounds, or you can click the link below for a great Spotify playlist called “Japanese Meditation”.
Did you try this relaxing Japanese Forest bathing soak? Did you do anything extra to enhance the experience? Tell us in the comments!
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You can mix this same blend of essential oils with perfumer’s alcohol (or grain alcohol) for an amazing DIY perfume.