Palpation Cues Using your fingertips, explore the base of
your skull. Feel the bony part of your skull and the softer, more malleable sea of neck
muscle attachments. Recall that a skilled bodyworker always matches
effort with ease. Your intricate web of neck muscles will benefit most from the middle
road approach, with pressure that is neither timid, nor aggressive. Find the middle ground
where your pressure is balanced—not too light and not too intense. If this technique
produces headache symptoms, experiment with the variations offered. If relief if not promoted,
skip this technique and visit the foot release video for an indirect headache release. Techniques Cues Suboccipital Release: version 1
Lie face up and place the Double Track Roller across the lower aspect of your skull, also
called the occiput. You may benefit from some additional height beneath the tool. Try folding
a towel or the end of the yoga mat, and then placing the Double Track Roller on that. Once
again, rotate your head to the right, and become aware of the muscles on the right side.
Take two slow breaths. Return to center. Transition to the left side, and again take two slow
breaths. Draw the gaze inward by transitioning the
eyes to close. Rest your eyes and your awareness towards the back of the skull, letting the
brain receive the deep support of the roller. Meditate on resting the full weight of your
head into the tool, as the tissues drape into and around it. Briefly shift your awareness
to your shoulders, directing your breath into any residual holding in your shoulders. Slowly
rotate your head to the right, focusing on the muscles on the right side. Pause and take
two slow breaths. Return to center… refocus your awareness… and then transition to the
left side. Take two slow breaths, and then return to center.

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Dennis Veasley

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