Massage Techniques: Basics
These basic massage rules will help you master the techniques for giving a relaxing, feel-good massage.
These basic massage rules will help you master the techniques for giving a relaxing feel good massage. Your partner should be comfortable before you begin. He should be lying on a bed, couch or floor with his arms at his sides and you should be able to move around him easily. When massaging the muscles, don't push too hard. There are times when you need a tiny bit of pain for gain like when you're really applying pressure to work out or not. But in general, give firm enough pressure that you can feel the muscle move underneath the skin without making your partner grimace or squirm. They key is to work slowly. Rubbing too hard and fast will only irritate your partner's muscles and wear out your hands. Instead, you slow even strokes with the palms of your hands, thumbs or finger pads. When you're applying pressure, stay away from the bones and joints. Never push directly on the spine or put too much pressure on muscles that run over the ribs and shoulder blades. Carefully massage around knees, elbows and shoulders. Always make sure you're rubbing muscle, not bone. With these rules in mind, you're now ready to give a safe and efficient massage.