Our lives are so stressed and busy, that we hardly find time for massages and relaxation. But we should understand the importance of a relaxing massage to soothe our tired and wearied souls. Even a simple shoulder rub or a massage of the upper and lower back, can do wonders for your body. A back massage frees you of stress and relieves your body of fatigue and tension.
There are several benefits of massage including relaxation, stress reduction, pain reduction, improved blood circulation, improved lymphatic drainage toÂ release the toxins and emotional comfort.
Here are a few techniques that you can use to massage anybody in the comfort of your own home.
Setting the mood:
Before giving a massage, let the person take a hot bath or shower. This will help initiate the relaxation process. Light some aroma candles and play some soothing music to set the mood.
1: Lie the person face down on a flat, comfortable surface, such as a floor mat or firm bed.
2: Stand by his/her side, and place one hand on the lower back and one hand between the shoulder blades, over the heart.
3: Apply thumb pressure on both sides of the spine simultaneaously and warm up the back. First start at the lower back and kneadÂ with your thumbs up gently to the neck area.
4: Apply massage oil with a smooth, delicate stroke. With one long stroke, slide your palms on either side of the spine going downwards to the pelvis.
5: Continue gliding your hands on other parts of the back and then on both sides of the neck to the base of the head.
6: Massage the lower back area and move up slowly to the shoulders. Place the first and index fingers of each hand on either side of the spine. Make rhythmic, overlapping movements with the fingers all the way down the back.
7: Apply pressure as if you are kneading, on the muscular areas at the top of the shoulders and the mid-back area.
8: Using your fingers, apply pressure on areas that feel tight or hard, called as knots.
9: Perform circular massage strokes, clockwise and anti-clockwise with your fingertips on the muscles close to the spine and around the shoulder blades.
10: Then gently rotate the arms, one at a time, for proper blood flow.
Massage Tips & Warnings
- Avoid working directly on the spine. When massaging near the spine, use extremely gentle strokes without any pressure. Massage on either side of the spine instead.
- When massaging, use slow movements for a soothing and calming effect, and fast movements for a stimulating effect.
- Do not massage on broken skin, blisters or open areas, where there is a possibility of infection.
- Make massage a relaxing experience, and do not hurry things.