In 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
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
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 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.
Using gentle anticlockwise effleurage
movements, stroke firmly from the shoulders to the neck.
Use effleurage and petrissage movements upwards
in the direction of the armpit, concentrating on the muscular
and fatty areas. Avoid bony areas.
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.
Always massage the legs in an upward direction.
Avoid bony area, and never massage varicose veins.
Work in the direction of the toe to heel, using
the fingers uppermost and the thumb under the foot.