Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:
BOTTOM LINE: Helpful to me for temporarily reducing tension and pain.
Relaxation is helpful for general healing and reduced tension in the muscles and fascia. This in turn can help reduce pain symptoms. Fortunately the home I lived in when I first hurt my neck had a hot tub, which I used to help me relax and loosen my fascial tissue. If I had driven to a place that had a hot tub, the extra vertical time and subsequent neck pain associated with driving there and back would have likely reversed any positive benefit. The hot tub notwithstanding, taking time to relax is important for overall health and for calming down my pain symptoms.
I've also been able to spend much more time relaxing since I stopped working. Giving up my hard-earned career wasn't what I wanted to do, but it's what I finally realized I had to do for my body (see Work-life balance).
In 2016 we moved to a house without a hot tub, so now I lie down or use slow moderate exercise to help relax myself, although I do miss the hot tub.