How to Give a Killer Massage

By Amelia Harnish

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Woman straddling and giving lower back massage to man lying down (face not shown)

Rule 3: Avoid Bones and Joints

Never push directly on the spine and be careful not to put too much pressure on muscles that run over the ribs and shoulder blades. If someone has thin muscle tissue, you can bruise bones by going too hard, says Tricia Pottratz, massage therapist and instructor in Woodland, Washington. Also be wary of knees, elbows, and shoulders.

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