How to Massage Back and Shoulders And Neck

How to Massage Back and Shoulders And Neck

When you’re feeling tense or sore, massage therapy can help you feel better. It has many physical, emotional, and mental benefits, including pain relief and relaxation. However, you don’t always need to go see a massage therapist in-person to reap these rewards. For a number of ailments, a self-massage can be incredibly beneficial.

What are the benefits of self-massage?

During a self-massage, you use your hands or a massage tool to manipulate your own muscles. This involves kneading the skin and applying pressure to muscles in certain spots.

Self-massage is an easy, convenient way to enjoy the benefits of massage therapy. As a DIY method, it can be done in the comfort of your own home, which is especially helpful when social distancing measures are in place.

Like massage in general, self-massage can help ease:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • muscle strain
  • muscle tension
  • pain
  • headaches
  • digestive disorders

When included as part of an overall treatment plan, self-massage can also help manage chronic conditions like fibromyalgia or arthritis. Please note that it should not be a replacement for regular medical treatment.

Additionally, if you receive professional massages regularly, at-home self-massage may prolong the benefits and provide relief in between your appointments

What types of pain can self-massage help?

Self-massage may ease minor types of pain, including pain in the:

  • upper and lower back
  • glutes
  • hips
  • head
  • neck
  • shoulders
  • abdomen


If your pain is the result of a swollen muscle, you may also have nerve pain. This happens when a muscle presses against a nerve; by using self-massage to relieve muscle pain, you can also reduce nerve pain as well.

Below are some of our most popular tools for self-massage. They relieve many common types of pain.

Self-massage for neck and shoulder pain

Reach even the hardest to reach pain points on your back, neck, and body with the Full Body Neck and Shoulder Massager. Portable and ergonomic, the Zarifa Neck & Shoulder Massager can help you reach knots and hard to reach spots on the go. From neck pain to sore feet and plantar fasciitis, the Neck & Shoulder Massager relieves symptoms across the entire pain spectrum with mobility and easy carry capabilities. As an FDA Class-II Medical Device, the Zarifa Neck & Shoulder Massager achieves the medical assistance of a physical therapist with the modern hands-free mobility you have always needed. 

Self-massage for back pain

Meet the Zarifa Back Massager Shiatsu Classic. Our massage chair fuses portability with clinical massage technology to inspire productivity and relaxation--on any budget.

Plus, our back massager for chair has spot targeting technology that allows the Shiatsu Massage nodes to focus precisely where it hurts so that you can finally get that extended, deep-kneaded massage you so sorely needed.

The Zarifa Back Massager Shiatsu Classic incorporates solid stitching, thicker leather, and softer textiles than most lower-end massage tools and equipment that can adjust to any chair. Back massager with heat can help you prevent back pain and give relaxation. You can also use Smart Massage Cushion for back pain on your office chair and car seat. For neck pain, you can also use Shiatsu Pillow while you are sleeping and also on car seat.

Self-massage for shoulder pain

One of our most versatile self-massage tools, the Z Smart Massage Gun is especially great for targeting parts of your body that are harder to reach, like your shoulders.  With the deep tissue Massage Gun, you can target any area on your body that needs attention, even those that are hard to reach.

Your muscles don’t feel the same day after day, so your massage shouldn’t feel the same either. The Z Smart Massage Gun has twenty levels of intensity, so you can treat your muscles to a customized massage based on how they feel at any given point.

In addition to customizing your intensity level, you can choose from one of the eight massage heads to target the specific muscle groups and parts of your body that need attention. Use the eight different heads for your individual needs. Avoid having to use a single head for all your pains and aches

Looking to move beyond your neck, back, and shoulders?

The Zarifa Z Smart Massage Chair is the ultimate guide to your relaxation. Offering a full body massage to get those stubborn and tense areas, twisted seat functions, adjustable leg extensions, and zero gravity, you’ll get the much needed, full-body massage you deserve without leaving the comfort of your home.

Intelligent massage hands imitate professional massaging methods to perform the following massages: kneading, tapping, shiatsu, pressure, deep tissue, vibration, and body adjustment massages. The Z-Smart Massage Chair truly introduces a unique take on massage by allowing the user to custom program their own message to their liking. There are two custom massage modes available for the user to save their preferred options.

Safety tips

Self-massage is appropriate if you have mild pain, however, if the pain is intense or ongoing, it’s best to see your doctor before trying self-massage techniques.

If you are unsure about what’s causing your pain, self-massage could potentially make your symptoms worse.

Additionally, self-massage and other types of massage can be unsafe for some people. Please use caution, or talk to your doctor first, if you have:

  • fractures
  • burns
  • healing wounds
  • bleeding disorders
  • blood-thinning medications
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • severe osteoporosis
  • severe thrombocytopenia
  • cancer

Make sure to note how you feel during and after the massage. If your pain gets worse or doesn’t go away, self-massage might not be the best option.


If you’re experiencing mild pain, self-massage can be a great way to help ease your symptoms. It’s a convenient, simple way to relieve tension and discomfort. It can also be used as a preventive self-care method. For best results, start slow and be gentle with your body, and pay attention to your pain. At Zarifa, our commitment is help people with pain relief through easily accessible products that deliver positive medical results. We aim to support pain sufferers through their difficult times and provide a positive drug-free massage therapy experience.


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