A fabulous Full Body Massage
Masseurs reduce stress by working on the body, rather than the mind. It is rare to be able to ‘talk’ someone out of tension. When stressed, the ‘fight’ impulse causes the muscles to tighten all over the body and the vascular system slows down. The blood supply to surface tissues is dramatically reduced causing stressed individuals to have that typical pale complexion. The metabolism of acidic wastes also slows down and toxins remain trapped in the muscles, causing even more stress. Stress generated in specific parts of the body such as the neck, feet and back can be eased by focusing three to four minute sequences on the tensed muscles that are causing the problem. Fluid release effect massage sequences remove acidic waste, thus, breaking down the cycle of stress and bringing the body back to its natural calm state. A full body Massage eases human tension and brings about an elevated mood. Many psychological problems can be purely physical. Focus on the body and you can create an enhanced state of mind that lasts for days – even weeks.
Focus on the Recipient’s Back
The majority of people hold stress in their backs and as part of a full body massage, it is essential to know how to give a thorough and decent back massage. If you want the massage recipient to fully relax, a sensational back massage is key. We use the back in nearly everything we do and tension accumulates in larger muscles, particularly near the spine. Sensation from the the fingertips to the toes is routed through large spinal nerves on the way to the brain. If you focus on draining stress from the long vertical muscles that run parallel to the spine, every stroke you perform on the rest of the recipient’s torso will be more effective. A decent back massage brings a sense of supreme relief followed by waves of sensual pleasure, a mood change so profound that the individual will melt into a state of ethereal bliss.
When massaging the recipient’s back it is wise to choose a rhythm that feels comfortable and to stick to it. The back accepts more pressure than other parts of the body but be careful to read for audible signs of enjoyment from the massage recipient. As aforementioned, the most crucial aspect of a perfect full body massage is to relax the long muscles that run parallel to the spine. Circulation and fingertip kneading sequences can be applied to ease the rigid muscles.
It is helpful to divide the back into three areas before you commence your full body massage: the muscles that run parallel to the spine, the top of the back and the sides. Focus on one of these areas in turn.
The Hand-over-Hand pulling motion
As a Masseur you are the vehicle in full control. Allow the recipient to get used to the feeling of your hands across his/her back and commence the massage with a hand-over-hand pulling motion. With this particular massage motion, the fingers are kept together and the thumbs are flat. The thumbs are utilized to define the inside border of the stroke and to trace the raised muscles that run parallel to the spine from the neck to the waist. It is extremely important to avoid the spine itself.
Move away from the spine with compression strokes and do not hesitate to focus on tense areas of the recipient’s back. Keeping one hand in contact with the recipient’s back, move so you are sitting next to him. Place one hand against his/her back with your fingers extended and touching. Your fingertips should touch the muscles that run parallel to the spine whilst the base of your palm contacts the edge of his/her back. Place your other hand on top of the first hand in exactly the same position. With your hands resting on top of each other, press down and begin to turn in small circles. Move down the back slowly and press the heel of your hands down over larger muscles. When you reach the recipient’s hips, gently sweep your hands over the spine and massage the other side of the back. Use a slow, steady rhythm and check for signs of audible satisfaction from the recipient. For those muscles that are sometimes difficult to reach, it is advisable to use your fingertips. Fingertip kneading, friction and percussion movements allow you to massage the body’s tiniest surfaces. With the compression massage technique apply pressure to your fingertips by turning your hands at right angles to each other.
Spot Friction Massage Technique
Spot friction is a basic rubbing movement that doesn’t require any massage oil. The Spot friction method works best on dry surface skin areas. Generally most women carry their tension around the neck and shoulders whist the majority of men experience pain in their lower back. For the Spot Friction technique, simply press down a few inches away from the sore area of the back with one hand, holding your fingers together and thumb wide open. This hand is referred to as the ‘Anchor hand’ and as a Masseur you use the anchor hand to gather up folds of loose flesh whilst pressing in to the open space between your forefinger and thumb. When you have your anchor hand in place pushing up a roll of flesh, you can press down on the sore spot itself with all four fingers of your other hand. Circle slowly whilst you press down. With spot friction strokes your hand circles on the muscle tissue, as opposed to moving across the skin. Be careful not to pull the massage recipient’s skin with this massage method.
The Forearm Press
To add an interesting element to your full body massage, it is fun to circle the recipient’s back with your entire forearm. Apply massage oil to your forearm thoroughly and press down firmly and slowly circle. This technique is best applied to the fleshiest back tissues. Move up and down the recipient’s back and avoid the spine.
Kneading the Shoulders
Knead the shoulders before working your way down the recipient’s back. The shoulders and back of the neck always need extra attention. The fleshy tissue between the shoulders is ideal for the grasping and squeezing part of this stroke. Use your thumb to pick up folds of flesh and always keep your fingers together. One hand picks up a fold of flesh whilst the other hand opens wide at the thumb and forefinger. For those bony areas, such as the shoulder blades it is advisable to knead with your fingertips.
Knuckle pressing feels wonderful on tensed back muscles. For this technique you need to grasp your hand at the wrist and press the flat part of your knuckles against the recipient’s back. Rotate your knuckle on the fleshiest tissues but avoid pressing down beneath the ribs where the top of the kidney is exposed. Move up and down the back from the shoulders to the hips on both sides of the spine.
The Forearm Spread
This luxurious massage movement allows the recipient to have more bodily contact as you are using your forearms instead of your hands to cover the entire back. Commence this technique by pressing your forearms tightly together at the center of your recipient’s back and spread them slowly outwards towards the buttocks and shoulders. As the recipient begins to focus on these pleasurable sensations, your hands enter a silent dialogue with his/her body. Watch for secret smiles and listen to the recipient’s breathing.
A professional full body massage requires a degree of varying techniques, not strength. As a Masseuse it is crucial to incorporate a diverse range of massage strokes in order for the recipient to have the most pleasurable experience. It is also extremely important to be ‘in the zone’ – the right frame of mind and forget your personal concerns. Massage therapy is about being magnanimous and giving your all to ensure the recipient has a very special experience. If you must think whilst giving a massage, think how to be more generous with your massage strokes and establish a good rhythm. Always remain in physical contact with the recipient’s body and never interrupt a stroke. Listen to signs of enjoyment and read the recipient’s body. Varying massage strokes will create dozens of new sensations and sensory pleasure. Massage has a simple programme: give the recipient what he/she craves – a profoundly relaxing, stress releasing massage.
21st October 2014 Heidi