Stay updated

Sign up for news, events, and special offers!

ODD East Hollywood Now Open!

Explore the new studio and find a class.
Learn More
graphic image that says: how to release tension using massage balls a crash course with Caitlin. Image of woman utilizing yoga tune up balls.

Yoga Massage Ball Techniques

Jul 12th, 2021 caitlin Education, Practice

We could all use a few more shoulder rubs, head massages, low back releases, and foot care. Just a few of the many things we can tend to with self-massage balls on a more regular basis from home! These $14 massage balls we sell in the shop are an incredible value for the care you'll be getting for years to come.

Need more than photos to catch what is happening? Sign up for our online massage ball workshop with Niki and get the how-to first hand.

Knead a Deep Release Online Workshop July 15 @ 6:30pm (PT) SIGN UP >>

My neck, my back, my feet juuust like that.

We all know massages feel good and help to relax us emotionally but these TLC practices are an important part of caring for our fascia as well as our muscles! Fascia is the connective tissue that runs through our entire body.

Our bodies form "fascial adhesions" to protect us. Those knots in your shoulders are your body's way of making sure your head doesn't fall off! We spend so many hours hunching that our bodies create tight spots on the back to try to keep your head on top of your shoulders. The same with our glutes - so much sitting and stretching of our back creates tightness over time. It's like an accidental yin pose and our body knows that much stretching can be problematic. These massage practices can help let your body know it doesn't need to tighten up to keep your head on straight. Give it a hug and a rollout so it can relax.

Use massage balls to release neck and shoulder tension.

You don't really want to roll on your neck. She's tender. But you do want to roll out where your head connects, (your hairline) as well as your shoulders to let go of some of that tension.

Keeping the massage balls in their bag, but loosening the bag so they can separate just a little. As you lay on your back, hold the bag on the base of the scull. Keep your hands there and gently rock the head in a "no" massaging those big knobs where your skull starts.

Next, target back muscles with massage balls.

Move the massage balls out of the bag and place one on each side of your spine. For many of us - laying flat is a bit intense or just challenging to move - so try this at a wall! Either way - roll up and down the sides of the spine with the massage balls. Just like a bear scratching his back on a tree. Avoid bone, stay on the soft stuff! As long as there are no sharp pains or weird tingling, you're doing it right.

Use massage balls to relax your glutes.

Move the massage balls to your glutes! One under each cheek. Dance around on the wall or floor staying on the soft tissue. Roll up and down, side to side, circles! If you have a bigger massage ball, that can be nice for these bigger muscles.

Lastly, a massage ball technique for your feet!

While standing place one massage ball under your foot. Roll the entirety of the arch up and down the foot, including the edges. Place your heel on the ground and catch the ball under your foot. Fanning your foot side to side rub the arch in a new direction!

If you feel anything that feels extra good to roll out, a knot, or an especially sticky spot - hang out there for a while and breath giving it some extra care.

See you in Niki's workshop for a much more in-depth rollout experience!


Other Posts you might like

ODDlight Teacher Feature: Kim Ritley

A self-proclaimed “birth nerd” and expert in yoga for all stages of pregnancy, motherhood, and family development, Kim leads Prenatal, Postnatal, and Baby & Me classes that her students claim... read more

ODDlight Teacher Feature: Caroline Codd

Queen of the kiddos, Caroline was put on this earth to inspire a new generation of mindful little yogis and to cultivate the sweetest of vibes as our Eagle Rock... read more

Yogis Who FLOW Together, GLOW Together

Because you made it through winter, you deserve a little treat – a bit less gray and a lot more play! At One Down Dog, we believe there’s more to... read more

ODDlight Teacher Feature: Emma Alley

We One Down Dog dare you not to describe Emma’s presence and teaching style as serene, tranquil, or calming. Actually, we’re gonna throw you a curveball and describe her CHILL,... read more

ODDlight Teacher Feature: Elisa Barretta

Elisa took her position as a new teacher at a new studio and ran all the way with it! Not only is she pioneering one of the hottest classes in... read more

ODDlight Teacher Feature: Courtney Sauls

You may have heard Courtney’s classes referred to as “church” or “sermons.” You won’t find institutionalized Christianity, of course, but you will find a deep understanding of yoga philosophy and... read more

Stay Updated

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Sign up for news on classes, events, and special offers!

Online Classes
Live, online classes 7 days a week! Questions? Email
More info »
Eagle Rock
2150 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
More info »
East Hollywood
5531 Hollywood Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90028
More info »
Echo Park
319 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
More info »