When using a yoga block for this thoracic opening, I find it to be more intense. There is no place to rest your head and the long side of the block raises you higher off the ground than the foam roller. If your back can handle it, the yoga block does give more of a stretch to the pectoralis muscles.
The next self-care tool is the Thera Cane. This trigger point release tool is good for aches found in the shoulders, neck, and around the scapulas.
As a massage therapist, I tend to get burning pain along my scapulas, especially superior angles, and around the medial borders. These are areas I can't reach myself and the Thera Cane is the perfect shape to ergonomically allow me to release the tension I feel.
If you do trigger point or neuromuscular therapy work with your clients, it's the same type of thing. The rounded point on the end of the Thera Cane is specific enough to get on an ultra-sensitive point and hold. I even use a little friction on the sore spot if needed.
The Thera Cane is made out of hard plastic and because of the arc to the cane-like portion of the tool, it's easy to reach all over the back. It's not only for back use though, and comes with a guide to show other ways to use the cane.
I hope this gives you an idea or two of some self-care tools you can use to keep a healthy body and work as long as you want in the field of massage and bodywork.
Until next time
Be fit, be strong, and use self-care tools