Massage has been around since the dawn of time, and every major civilization from the Egyptians to the Chinese to the Swedish has had their own style and technique. There is Shiatsu, Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone. Massage is a funny subject. There are so many ways to touch and tantalize the human body, and every one insists that their method is best. And in a way, they’re right. The best massage comes from a person who genuinely wishes to make another person feel good. It’s one of the most selfless things that we can do for another.
So how does one go about giving the “perfect massage”? When it comes to giving the very best massage, we shouldn’t ignore the techniques that have been handed down throughout the ages. However, the most important thing is to just get in there and start. To be honest, the only bad massage is the one that you never gave. Do you remember the last time you got a really terrible backrub? Me neither. Massage is like pizza. Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty darn good.
The body has pressure points placed strategically all over it and when these pressure points are massaged, it can improve circulation and reduce pain. A great place to start is the spine; using your fingertips, massage an inch away from the spine and work your way up to the neck. Then work your fingers along the ridge of the neck. This can relieve pressure and soothe headache pain.
A trigger pain is a small area of localized pain or cramping in the muscle. These are commonly known as “knots” and can be very uncomfortable, even painful. When you massage a trigger pain, remember that this is no place to be timid. Use your hand to press on the area. Be sure to move in one direction and keep it short. 10 to 20 strokes should do it.
As you’re giving a massage, listen to the feedback that you get from your partner. This can often direct you into the right spots. The goal of any massage is to achieve relaxation and release from pain. The best way to do that is by following the cues that you’re given. Moans and groans mean you’re doing a good job. Winces and screams mean your technique could use a little work.
Finish up your massage session with some flowing strokes. You can gently pull your hands up the back, legs, or arms. This warms the body and improves circulation. You may want to end with a technique known as “falling rain.” It’s accomplished by drumming your fingers up and down the back, simulating rain falling, and is very effective as a finishing move.
Massage is a great way to help your partner relax, relieve stress, and work the kinks out after a tough day at work. It’s a fabulous end to a strenuous workout, and fulfills the need to be touched that every human being has. If you want to learn more about massage, ask your partner to talk to their Chiropractor about what type of touch would be most beneficial. Then have fun practicing your technique!
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