Essential Oils

Massage Techniques

massage techniquesIn this fast paced society, many working adults and children are filled with stress due to work. Massage is a way miraculous action that is able to release the stress that is in a person's body and mind. It would be ideal to know the proper massage techniques before conducting a massage for anybody so as to avoid injuring the other person. Massage is also closely related to aromatherapy. We have selected some of the most effective and relaxing massage techniques to relieve stress.


This is the most often used therapy movement, and constitutes a simple, gentle stroking movement. Note that deep pressure should never be used by an untrained person. The strokes may be long or short, gentle or firm, but the whole hand should be used, always pushing the blood towards the heart, thus promoting venous return. This stroke promotes muscle relaxation and soothes the nerve endings.


In petrissage, the flesh is gently rolled between the thumbs and fingers in a movement similar to kneading dough. This technique is best used on the back and on fatty areas. The idea is to stimulate the circulation and lymphatic flow and thereby increase the rate of toxin in expulsion.

Head Massage

Put a little of the essential massage oil on the fingertips and massage in a circular movements over the scalp and temples.

Headaches And Migraines

Work from the base of the neck and scalp for a few momments, using effleurage strokes firmly, again with the chosen oil(s) on the fingertips.

Neck Massage

Neck massage should be carried out with the person sitting on a chair with some support in front. Working around the base of the neck and scalp, use small upward and outward circular movements. Move slowly up, down and around the sides of the neck, alternating firm and gentle movements.

Shoulder Massage

Using gentle anticlockwise effleurage movements, stroke firmly from the shoulders to the neck.

Arm Massage

Use effleurage and petrissage movements upwards in the direction of the armpit, concentrating on the muscular and fatty areas. Avoid bony areas.

Back Massage

Avoiding the vertebrae, use gentle or firm petrissage or effleurage movemets. Stroke all the way from the lumbar to the shoulders, move the hands outwards across the shoulders and return slowly down the outer area of the back. Repeat this movement too induce deep relaxation.

Leg Massage

Always massage the legs in an upward direction. Avoid bony area, and never massage varicose veins.

Feet Massage

Work in the direction of the toe to heel, using the fingers uppermost and the thumb under the foot.