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Massage and Massage Therapy

It's a Great Massage

We all would like to get massages but many of us are afraid to give them. We're terrified of accidentally causing pain to the other person. Additionally, it's possible to feel afraid that the massage might not be good enough. We are afraid that the individual getting the massage won't like what we're doing. Fortunately, it is definitely possible to learn how to give a fantastic massage every time you want to do so. The following are several tips on how to give an awesome back massage.

It is vitally important that the person be comfortable while he is lying down. The surface on which they lie should be firm but soft. You don't need a table but try having them lie down on the bed. If they are on your floor, place a mat or a couple of soft blankets or towels so that they will feel more relaxed. If the person wishes to remain clothed (and many will), make sure that the shirt they are wearing is made of soft material so there won't be as much friction or scraping.

Start out with a few basic rubbing. Use the whole flat side of both hands to rub from the lower back area toward the neck (do this gradually). Put some pressure into this rub but dont start with the full on massage yet. Start at the base of the person's back and then slide your hands up the back then across the shoulders and then back down the back. As you continue doing this, make your loops smaller and smaller so that you are able to cover the entire back.

Using the heels of your hands offers you a good way to offer great and pointed pressure. Using the heels of your palms to put on pressure, start out working in tiny circles at the base of the back on either side of the backbone and then work those tiny circles out toward the person's sides, up a little bit and then back across to the backbone and upward until you have massaged the entire back.

Try to sit on one side of the individual who is on the receiving end of your massage. Then, put one hand on top of the other and push into the back using only your fingers. Start out at the spinal column and thrust steadily as you move your hands away from the spinal column and across the back then lightly move your hands back across the back toward the spine. Repeat the process as you work your way up the back and then do this on the other side.

Rub the spinal column. Start out at the base of the person's spine and then work up all of the sausage like muscles on each side of the backbone with two of your fingers or your thumbs. Rub each little node at least five times to create some friction before moving on to the next. Knead your way all the way up one side of the spinal column and then repeat the process on the other side of the spine.

Something that you need to remember as you use these massage techniques is that it is best to re-relax the person between each part of the massage that you give. This means that after using one technique, go back to the basic rub that you used at the beginning of the massage for several minutes..