Many of us suffer through life with tension headaches, insomnia, aches and pains, tension and stress. There are ways that we can decrease these stresses and maintain good health all by using our own hands. Massage has amazing effects on the health of a person; it improves circulation, relaxes muscles, aids digestion and speeds up the elimination of waste products. These direct benefits, combined with the psychological benefits, quickly produce a feeling of well-being. Rest your elbows on a table or desk, place fingers at the back of your neck, leaning your head forward. Work down the length of your neck with your fingers on either side by rotating your fingers and applying pressure. Place one hand on the desk, the other in the opposite shoulder. Tilt your head slightly away, squeeze the muscle between the fingers and heel of your hand, working from the base of the neck to the shoulder. Place your fingers on the top of your shoulder muscle and rotate your finger pads while applying pressure, again working from the base of the neck to the edge of your shoulder. Move to the other side and repeat steps 1 and 2. Take the lobes of your ears between thumbs and index fingers, close your eyes and visualize a calming scene – a walk along a beach perhaps. Take a deep breath and on the out breath pull down and off very slowly.