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10 steps to a great massage

Posted on Aug 16, 2017

Having a massage can be really beneficial for your health. Study suggests it can comfort insomnia, prevent PMT, boost immunity, and increase attentiveness. Studies also confirm massage decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to less depression, anxiety and stress.

Giving a soothing massage is therefore a wonderful way to help you connect with your partner. The touch gives a strong, trusting bond that will, in turn, increase your loved one's wellbeing (not to mention their disposition).

 10 easy steps to giving a relaxing, healing massage.

  1. Choose your oils

Use water-based oil, which is easier to get out of towels. Best are jojoba, almond or grapeseed oil with a few drops of lavender essential oil. In winter months, sesame oil is great for warming up the skin, while coconut oil cools the body in summer.

Whichever oil you use, warm it previously use by placing the flask in a vessel of hot water. Then buff a little oil between your hands previously starting – never pour oil straight onto the body, as it can come as a shock. Use sufficient oil to avoid nasty friction, but not so much that there is a slick on the beneficiary's body.

Before starting, always check that the person having the massage has no allergies. Some people are allergic to lavender, while traces of other nuts in almond oil could cause problems.

  1. Create the correct ambience

Arrange the room by burning incense or essential oil and custom a pampering environment with low lighting and fresh flowers.

  1. Channel the positive energy

Get the beneficiary to lie face down and request them to take a few deep breaths. Place both hands on their back in the area that corresponds to where the heart is.

In Hawaii, in traditional lomi lomi massage, the Hawaiians also pray for the person, but you could just focus your positive intent.

  1. Warm up

The importance of warming up the muscles at the beginning of a massage, is like an athlete would. Commence with light, long and flowing superficial strokes, then work the muscles more deeply as you advance into the session.

  1. Move easily

It's very important to get into a calm, meditative state when providing a massage, in order to tranquil the beneficiary. It is also important to use soothing, flowing movements.

Use both your hands and forearms in long, fluid sweeps.

  1. Avoid harming yourself

The average masseuse has a working lifespan of 7 years afore injury prevents them from continuing. Shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, and thumbs are all at risk, particularly through repetitive tension, so the Hawaii method teaches you to manoeuvre through your forelegs.

  1. Work systematically through the body

Start at the back and work through the back of the neck, arms, rear of the legs and feet. Front massage, start with the legs, then arms, hands and chest. Stimulating reflex points in the hands and feet releases endorphins from the pituitary gland at the base of the skull, which has a feel-good effect on the whole body.

  1. Use your intuition

If an area tenses up or goes red, give it some extra attention.

  1. Be aware of discomfort

There are some no-no’s when running a massage. The stomach, in particular, holds a lot of sensations. Request the person receiving the massage what parts of the body they need massaged and what force they like. Don't randomly dig into an area, either – keep your strokes flowing.

  1. Finish nurturing

Closing stages your massage with an extremity – the feet, hands, head– has a powerful relaxing effect, thanks to the freedom of endorphins.

If working on the face, use a light jojoba oil. Cool down the muscles with relaxing, long strokes. Place your hands over the beneficiary's heart and visualise yourself sending them a healing flux.