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How to Give a Great Massage!

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Has your boyfriend, mum, dad or friend ever asked you for a massage? You wanted to but have no clue about what to do? Here are a few tips on how to give a great, full body massage.

First things first, turn off your computer/laptop, put your phone on silent and dim the lights. You want to create an ambiance so light up some scented candles and if you have soft music, put it on in the background… not too loud. You’ll need a couple of sheets or towels – one towel/sheet for your work area and one to put on your ‘client’ which may well be your friend etc. It is so important to cover their body as massaging the skin causes blood flow into that area and warms the skin. So in order to avoid a chill when you have stopped massaging that certain area, cover it up and it will keep warm. Also ensure you have a bottle or a glass of water nearby for you and for your client. When you massage muscles, it causes all sorts of chemicals to be released into the body so you and them for feel thirsty after the massage is over.

Only massage the muscles. Do not stretch the skin or dig into bones or organs. Always remember that massages are for muscles, not for the skin.

The neck, back, shoulders and legs are the large muscle groups in the body so concentrate on these areas. You’ll be able to release the tension this way.

Be firm with an even pressure but don’t be too hard or forceful. If you are too light with the pressure, it can be as uncomfortable as too much pressure. To make sure it’s ok, check with your client.

Always use a cream or oil. This helps prepare and to protect the skin. Plus it prevents you from stretching or tugging at the skin which can be an uncomfortable feeling.

Begin your full body massage with the shoulders by kneading the muscles and gently drawing them towards you.

  1. Slowly work across the shoulders to the neck using all of your fingers and thumbs. Watch your nails don’t dig into their skin!
  2. Ensure you work down each arm individually finding the muscle groups in the front and back and massaging them gently. When you have worked your way down to the hands, use your thumbs to work the palms. Repeat on the other side.
  3. Go back to working on the upper back and work downwards to the middle of the back using your thumbs and fingertips. Work from the centre out and pushing upward and make sure you take take near the spine.
  4. Remain working down the back to the hip area.
  5. Massage the muscles of the upper thighs and down the back of the legs to the calves. Work on each side separately.
  6. Then move to the feet. To begin, hold the heel firmly while pushing up toward the leg, then down and side-to-side. Work your thumbs on the underside of the foot with deep, slow pressure and also the balls of the feet. Massage in between the toes too then repeat.

If you’re client is asleep – you did a great job!

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