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When you don't have an image to go along with your blog post ... WordSwag app to the rescue! 

I just got home from getting one of the best back massages I've ever had.

[BTW, if you ever find yourself in Brooklyn and want to #TreatYoSelf, go to Massage Williamsburg and ask for Ashley. She is magical! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ„โœจ ... and then (while your wallet still hates you) why not treat yo self to a bar of Mast Brothers chocolate, straight from the source, down the block. ๐Ÿซ Not endorsed, just a fan.]

Massages are one thing I don't think I could live without. They are my guilty-pleasure. I try to get one every three months to, you know, iron out the kinks and keep the creative juices circulating. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Knitters gonna knit. Backs are gonna ache. I could think of worse ways to deal. 

[Other guilty-pleasures to note: Diet Coke, WINE, cheese, chocolate, beef jerky, and reading historical romance novels on the beach. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ.]

It's true, massages aren't cheap, so I usually hold out as long as I can before making an appointment. But a few weeks ago, I pulled a muscle in my neck, pretty badly. I was sitting and knitting, watching YouTube vids at my computer (as you do!). When I looked up from my project, I suddenly felt this sharp pain shoot down, from the base of my neck to my left shoulder blade. Not cool. Thankfully the pain subsided, but the tightness stuck around and caused tension headaches. It was time to cave.

You're probably thinking, "Kristin, I think you need a chiropractor more than you need a massage." I know, I know. I'm on it. I'm procrastinating because I have to find one that's close by and one takes my insurance. ๐Ÿ˜ In the meantime, massages are a quick-fix. 

In all seriousness, I really do need to find a chiropractor. I've had back problems for as long as I can remember and have just about every backache-relief gizmo there is to prove it. 

Since I don't want this post to be ALL about my love for massages, I thought I'd also share my top three favorite back gizmos. I'm sure there are plenty of you out there that suffer from similar knitting-related back woes.  

  • A foam roller. (Any brand will do.) It's like a steam roller for your back! Also ... #PlacesYouCanKnit ๐Ÿ˜œ
  • A rubber handball. Do not underestimate this unassuming, recreational toy. Just place it at a tense spot on your back, and lie on it for a few minutes ... or try leaning into it, against a wall. You will never look at one the same way again.  
  • The Back Buddy (Again, not endorsed, just a fan.) It also doubles as abstract art, and makes for a great awkward conversation piece!

And that's all she wrote! 

I'll be back with some more fun knitting/sewing-related content (I've been a busy bee this weekend!).

But If you have any favorite back stress-relief gizmos or techniques, I'd love to hear what they are! Let me know in the comments below.