As wonderful as massages are, they tend to be a little pricey. They serve as fantastic gifts and are a wonderful way to treat ourselves, but, for the most part, they’re not something the average Joe pursues consistently.
Rather than spending hundreds of dollars yearly on massages, I thought I would do a little research (thanks, WikiHow) to learn how to go about giving someone a proper massage. It’s important to note, though, that if you’re dealing with a medical condition or suffer from chronic pain, it’s likely best to leave massages to the pros.
The first must in giving someone a massage is to have a suitable workspace. Owning a massage table is ideal, but since most of us don’t happen to have one hanging out in our basements, a sturdy surface with a soft mat over top will work just fine. Make sure there are cozy linens available for the person receiving the massage to cover themselves up, and playing some soothing music is also a good idea.
You should have some massage oil on stand by (coconut oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil are all great options), and after spreading the oil around on the surface you’re massaging, for example, someone’s back, start at the bottom and work your way up, with pressure. Once you’ve reached the top of the surface, slowly and lightly work your hands back down towards the base.
Some actual massage techniques include kneading, petrissage techniques, percussive strokes, fanning, muscle lifting and twists, but since I’m not a masseuse, I’d encourage to research actual hand motions more in-depth if you plan to give someone a massage.
With a little knowledge and the proper materials, you can be well on your way to giving someone a massage on your own – plus, you’ll avoid breaking the bank in the process.
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