A full-body massage is wonderful for relieving stress and tension. It can also ensure intimacy. Read this article to learn how to give a full body massage.
When you’re done with the shoulders, massage from the nape of the neck to the hairline using the push-and-release technique. Always keep your hands at the sides of your spine. Place one hand on each shoulder in a classic massage position. Press your thumbs deep into the shoulder muscles. Use your fingers, but don’t press them into the collarbone, as this could be painful. Now stand in front of your client/partner’s head so that their shoulders are facing you. Clench both hands into fists. Use your knuckles to rub your shoulders with gentle pressure to relieve tension. Then, squeeze and release your thumbs along the top of the shoulders and at the back of the neck.
Begin massaging the soles of your feet by wrapping both hands around the foot and applying light pressure with your thumbs. Massage the back of the foot in particular, as this is often tense. Don’t forget to massage the heel and ball of the foot as well. Take each toe of your foot in your hands and gently squeeze to release tension. Not everyone likes to be touched on their feet. Some are ticklish. So ask your partner/client before you touch their feet!
When you’re done with your feet, move on to the back of your legs. Start by stroking each leg from calf to upper thigh in long, relaxing strokes. Apply light pressure with both hands so that you taut the skin slightly. This technique is called effleurage and is good for starting the massage with ease. Then cover the leg you are not massaging with a towel. Focus on massaging the calf of one leg. Use the kneading technique (like kneading bread) on the calf muscles. Move up thigh and repeat kneading technique here. Then press the heel of your hand into the skin and slowly move it along the thigh. Always move to the heart. Cover the leg that you have now finished massaging with a towel (to retain heat) and repeat the massage on the other leg.
Use the effleurage technique outlined above for long, smooth strokes from above the buttocks to the nape of the neck. Place your palms on your back, each side of your spine. Work your way up, keeping your hands parallel to each other. When you reach the upper back, bring your hands over your shoulders as if you are forming the top of a heart. Turn back to your lower back. Massage the large muscles on each side of the spine in a kneading motion. These spots are often tense, so take your time. Then use the “press-and-release” technique to work your way up to your back. You gently press your fingertips into the flesh of your back before quickly releasing them. When the pressure is released, your partner/client’s brain releases many pleasurable chemicals. Have your partner/client bend their elbows as you get back to your upper back so your shoulder blades are sticking out. This gives you better access to the muscles at the edges of the shoulder blades, which are often tense and hard. You can massage away the hard spots by repeatedly pressing and releasing your thumb or a single finger into the problem area.
When you’re done with the neck and shoulders, massage one arm at a time. Hold your partner’s/client’s wrist in your left hand so that their entire arm is in the air. Then, run your right hand down the back of your forearm, past your triceps and over your shoulder, and bring your hand back down the opposite side. Now hold up the wrist of your right hand. Run your left hand along your forearm and biceps and over your shoulder and down the opposite side. Put your partner’s/client’s arm back down. Then gently knead the forearms and upper arms with your fingers and thumbs. Massage the hands by taking his hands in yours and massaging the palm with your thumbs in small, circular motions. Take each finger individually and slide your hand from the knuckles to the nail. Pull each finger gently, but not so hard that it cracks.
Ask your client/partner to turn around so you can massage their head and face. Give him a moment when he needs to fix his towel. Gently massage the top of the scalp with your thumbs. You can also easily scratch with your nails. Then massage the creases and lobes of each ear between your thumb and forefinger. Run your fingertips gently along the cheekbones. Place your hands under your partner/client’s head and gently lift them up. Use your fingers to find the small indentations where the neck meets the skull. Press in firmly with your fingertips, then release. Repeat this a few times. Place your hands under your jaw and gently pull your head up to stretch your neck muscles. Now press gently with your fingertips in the middle of the forehead (between the eyebrows) and let loose. Repeat for 30 seconds. Then use your fingertips to gently massage the temples in slow, circular motions. The temples are an important acupuncture point, so this helps release tension.
They are very relaxing so it’s a good idea to light some in the room. If possible, dim the lights or turn them off completely, and only massage by candlelight. You want the massage recipient to be so relaxed that they almost fall asleep by the end. The darker the better! Use candles with a relaxing (but not overpowering) scent, like lavender or sea breeze, to enhance the overall experience.
EXPERT COUNCIL Certified Massage Therapist Head Justyna Kareta is a Certified Massage Therapy Head and owner of Lush Massage, a massage studio based in San Francisco, California. Justyna has over nine years of experience as a therapist specializing in Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage and Craniosacral Therapy to calm the nervous system and facilitate deep healing. She received her massage therapy training from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, is certified by the California Massage Therapy Council, and is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Justyna Kareta Certified Head Massage Therapist Make your clients relax by relaxing yourself. If you walk into a massage room and you’re feeling stressed, the massage won’t be very relaxing for the person you’re giving it to. Take a moment before beginning the massage, e.g. B. by sitting still for a minute or two or doing a breathing exercise. After that, you’ll be more mentally prepared to give a great massage.
This can add to the calm and relaxing atmosphere of the massage. Soft classical music or nature sounds are good options. If possible, find out what music your partner/client likes. The massage is about him, not you, so try to adjust to his tastes. Don’t play the music too loud, just play it very softly in the background. It should add something to the experience instead of taking something away from it.
It is imperative that you use oil with a massage. Your hands can slide easily over the skin, so you don’t pull, pinch or hurt your partner/client. There are many fancy (and expensive) oils available in stores, but any vegetable oil will do just fine. For example, if you have sunflower or grapeseed oil in the kitchen, you can use it for the massage. Jojoba and almond oils are also very effective and have a pleasant aroma. You can add a few pots of essential oil to the massage oil. You should use pure (organic and undiluted) essential oil, not chemically scented oil. Essential oils can increase blood flow, so choose wisely. Use relatively gentle oils, such as lavender or orange. Talk to a doctor beforehand if your partner/client is pregnant or has a serious medical condition. Warm the oil and your hands slightly before applying it to your partner/client’s skin. Cold oils/hands are not very suitable for a relaxing massage!
Have enough fresh, clean towels on hand for use during the massage. First, you need to cover the surface you’re working on with towels to protect it from massage oils (which could stain). Second, you need to cover your partner/client’s body with a towel when you massage them. At best, he’s only wearing his underwear and showing as much bare skin as possible. You can then cover him with a towel to ensure his privacy and keep him warm during the massage. Third, you’ll need extra towels to wipe excess oil off your hands during and after the massage.
It is imperative that one feels comfortable in the massage room. If your partner/client is uncomfortable during the massage, then they are not enjoying it that much! Make sure you have a comfortable surface to lie on, like a bed, soft rug, or an actual massage table. Cover the surface with soft towels to keep it clean and oil-free. Make sure it’s comfortably warm. Your partner/client will be partially unclothed during the massage and you don’t want them to be cold. Use a heater if necessary. Make sure the massage room is a private space where other people, children, or animals will not disturb you.
Never rush through the massage. It should be a luxurious, relaxing experience for your partner/client. Take your time with each part of your body. Give it your full attention and care. Work in long, smooth, and slow strokes.
Your hands should be in contact with your partner/client’s skin throughout the massage. This maintains the momentum and you never interrupt the relaxing atmosphere. Even if you need to grab a towel, drink water, or apply more massage oil, you should always keep one hand on your skin.
Communication is key throughout the massage. What feels good to you may not feel good to the other person. So it’s important that you ask how the person is feeling and really include their reactions. Ask how the pressure feels, where to continue massaging, and what he finds most comfortable. Speak in a deep, soothing voice to maintain a calm atmosphere.
If the person you’re massaging has a lot of hard spots on their back, massage them to loosen them. Ask your partner or client first, as some find this painful and don’t want to ruin the relaxing massage experience. The knots feel like large, circular strains or small bumps, almost like peas under the skin. Massage directly on the knot, otherwise, it could slip out from under your fingers. Work with increasing pressure, then rotate your thumbs or fingers to untie the knot. You may have to rotate in different directions to fully loosen it. However, do not massage too deeply into the tissue – this is best done by a qualified massage therapist. Do what feels good for your partner/client.
Never apply pressure to the spine or other bones. This feels very uncomfortable for your partner/client and could do more harm than good. You have to massage the muscles because that’s where the tension accumulates. Just massage the muscles and you can’t go wrong!
Your hands often hurt after you massaged someone. Gently rub your palms to counteract the pain. There are massage apps that will guide you through each step of the massage. Since you can put your smartphone next to the massage place, it’s an easy option if you’re very forgetful. Be careful though to keep your phone oil-free! If your back or whole body hurts afterwards, drink lots of water. Make sure your neighbors can’t see the massage. close the curtains and Prepare for the massage. Trim your nails, take a bath to relax, focus on the massage and person, relax with yoga, mental methods, or breathing techniques, and dress in comfortable clothes. Don’t use your cell phone as notifications, noise or flashing lights may disturb your client during the massage.
Never massage a wound. Do not massage if you are not feeling well or if your partner has an injury or illness. Avoid the back of the knee, where the risk of damage is very high due to important structures that are poorly protected by tissue or muscle. Always apply gentle pressure to your lower back. There are no ribs to protect the internal organs from the pressure of your hands. If you decide to have sex afterwards, keep in mind that the massage oil may interfere with barrier methods of birth control. Never massage legs with bad veins. Sometimes massage can make illnesses worse. Consult a doctor before getting a massage if you have: Injury or damage to your spine, such as a herniated disc, etc. A bleeding disorder or if you are taking blood-thinning medication, such as Warfarin ® Deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs ) Damaged blood vessels Weakened bones from osteoporosis, a recent fracture, or cancer Fever Any of the following in an area to be massaged: Open or healing wound, tumor, damaged nerves, infection or acute inflammation, inflammation from radiation treatment Pregnancy Cancer Sensitive skin, such as from diabetes or a healing scar from heart problems
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