But using a simple tennis ball for massage doesn’t end with the feet. This is only the beginning. Its size and firmness make it a perfect tool for self-massage on various muscles when using your own body weight. One of my massage clients was suffering with stiffness in the hip. Rather than having a massage every few days it made more sense to have something easy to reach for to quickly release the tightness. Following my advice, my client now puts a tennis ball on the ground and lowers his hip onto it. He then rolls the ball around in his hip and buttock area, hunting out those tight spots where he pauses until the discomfort eases off. The results have been very beneficial.
By putting a tennis ball on the ground you can use your own body weight to massage a variety of skeletal muscles. Two tennis balls in a sock can be used for massaging both sides of the spine at the same time. You can also trap a tennis ball between you and a wall to ease neck, shoulder and upper back issues.
Do you suffer with stiff hands? Why not roll a tennis ball between your palms. You can also massage your thighs, calves and shins by holding a tennis ball in your hand and rubbing it over these leg areas.
What’s also great about using a tennis ball for massage is, it’s very portable. You can take it with you wherever you go.
YouTube has a variety of different videos demonstrating the use of tennis balls for massage. Here are just a few:
Neck and shoulders:
David Bowie, owner of Healthy Fit Life, is a mobile personal trainer and sports massage therapist working in the Farnham and Camberley area.