Want to Be Better at Back Massage?

Everybody wants to get a massage but not everybody feels comfortable giving them to another person. We're scared of unintentionally causing pain to the other person. Also, it's possible to feel scared that the massage might not be good enough. We're afraid that they won't like what we are doing. You will be glad to learn that anybody can learn how to give a great massage each time they want to do just that. Below are several tips on how to give an impressive back massage.

The first thing that you must do is make certain that the person you're giving a massage is comfortable when he or she lies down. The surface on which they lie must be firm but soft. You don't have to have a fancy massage table table but you might have them lie down on a bed. If you have them lying on the floor, place some soft blankets, towels or a mat so that the person will feel comfortable. If the person would like to keep his or her shirt on, be sure that it is of a soft material so there will be less friction and scraping.

Begin with a couple of simple rubbing. Gradually, and using the entire flat side of both of your hands, rub up from the lower back area and toward the neck. Apply a little pressure into this but don't apply full massage pressure at this point. Start out at the base of the back and then move your hands upward, along both sides of the spine toward the neck then move across the shoulders and work your way back down the back. Make the loops smaller as you do this step again so that the whole back can get relaxed.

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Use the heels of your hands to make good and specific pressure. Move the heels of your palms in small circles starting out in the middle of the base of the back and then working out toward the sides, upwards and then back toward the backbone until you've done this to the entire back of the person.

Try sitting on one side of the individual who is on the receiving end of your massage. Then, having one hand on top of the other hand, drive into the back with your fingers. Start with the spine and dig in steadily away from the spinal column, across your back and then very gently rub your hands back toward the spinal column. Do this again as you move upward along the individual's back and then do it again on the other side of the person's back.

Massage the spinal column. Begin at the base of the spinal column and work up each of the sausage-y muscles on each side of the spine with a couple of fingers or your thumbs. Rub each node at least five times each so that you can build up a little bit of friction. Rub all the way up one side of the spinal column and then work up the other side.

Something that you should bear in mind as you use these massage techniques is that it is a good idea 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 a couple of minutes.