6 massage tips

Follow these steps to give a mind-blowing massage

6 massage tips

Source: Adapted from Healthy Bones, Muscles & Joints, Reader’s Digest

Atmosphere

Keep the room warm. Maintain a temperature of at least 21ºC (70ºF) during the massage and check there are no draughts. Play some relaxing music.

Connect

Use massage oil to help prevent friction. Massage with gentle, controlled movements.

Technique

Check your massage technique. Use the pad of your thumb and rub in small circular motions. Massage the muscles on either side of the spine, rather than the spine itself.

Communicate

Ask the person you are massaging what pressure he or she finds most comfortable. Find out which areas you need to focus on.

Focus

Find the knots in the muscles and focus your massage on them until you feel them start to loosen.

Pay attention

Avoid injured areas. Never massage directly over bruises, damaged tissues or varicose veins. Stop the massage if your partner has sudden or unexplained back pain.

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