Back massage techniques are one of the massage therapy services that clients enjoy the most, and need the most. It is the area clients often request extra time toward, some even request the entire hour of massage be given just on the back muscles.
When massage tools, like hot stones, are added to the massage session, it helps to loosen chronically tight muscles, and because it warms the muscles naturally, it allows the therapist to put more energy toward finding the muscle restrictions, rather than warming the muscle.
1) Your therapist will start with a small amount of massage lotion or oil in their hands. They will rub their hands together several times in order to warm the lotion and then spread the lotion over the entire back.
2) After the whole back has been covered in lotion, they will massage the back lightly for 5-6 minutes.
3) They may start with the upper back, adding pressure with fingertips, thumbs and palm, sweeping along back beside the spine. They will be careful to not add pressure directly on the spine. They may do this sweeping motion 3-4 times.
4) Now using both thumbs side-by-side, starting at the top of shoulder (between shoulder blade and spine) , they may add pressure all the way down the back on the side of the spine.
5) Next, they may take the first three fingers and, adding pressure at fingertips, run down the back along the side of the spine, repeating 3-4 times.
6) Next, they might use their forearm and light pressure, rubbing forearm along shoulder blade (between shoulder blade and spine), doing this motion 3-4 times.
7) Now they might move to the lower back massage. With both hands, they may begin to make circular motions in the low back area, above the sacrum.
Massage releases tensions held along the sacrum and hips. This is an area where you may want to use deeper pressure with massage stones.
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The therapist will work this area 2-3 minutes, using just circular motions.
8) Then the therapist may move to the upper buttocks area (making sure to work only in areas 1"-2"'s below waist). Again, he/she will be using circular motions with light pressure.
9) They will repeat this on the right side of the back.
10) Now the therapist may work on the neck area by giving light massage to each side, adding slightly more pressure at the base of the skull.
He/She may also stand to the side of the client and massage directly to the base of the skull. This will allow him/her to add a little more pressure, but with more control.
11) The therapist may use more sweeping motions over the entire back, allowing a few minutes more of low back massage, and ending by sweeping around the neck to the base of the skull. Lastly, he/she might save 1-2 minutes for a nice scalp massage.
This DVD, Massage for the Lower Back can help you learn more about how to give a massage at home to relieve pain, tension and stress.
Both instructions for massage and the DVD teach great repetitive movements that are easy to remember and perform.
Read more about back massage techniques and their benefits at Dublin Massage http://www.dublin-massage-therapy.com/back-massage.html