How to Give a Fantastic Full Body Massage
Posted on May 12 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant challenges especially to work from home employees which are likely to result in major changes in their lifestyle, mental health, and quality of life. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can be a major cause of back pain, cause increased stress of the back, neck, arms and legs and can add a tremendous amount of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.
Here’s some tips on how to give a great, full body massage to your family members if they're experiencing such conditions.
Setting up the environment
Turn off the computer, take the phone off the hook and dim the lights. Spark up some scented candles and turn on a little soft music. If you don't have the right items for set up, this tranquility wellness care pack have everything you need in one box. Grab a couple of sheets or soft towels – one for your work space and one to cover your ‘client or family member’. This is important because as skin is massaged, it causes blood flow into that area and that blood flow in turn, warms the skin. So in order to avoid a chill, cover up the areas that you’re finished massaging. Also, because working on muscles causes all sorts of chemicals to be released into the body, many people feel thirsty after a massage so have some water on hand. Make sure to only massage muscle – no stretching of the skin or digging into bone and organs. Remember that massages are for muscles below the skin - not for the skin itself.
Begin the process
Massage the large muscle groups of the body which are basically the neck, back, shoulders and legs. This way, aside from massaging correctly, you’re getting at the areas that store tension in the body. Use arm, even pressure, not too hard or forceful. Pressure that is too light or inconsistent, can be as uncomfortable as too much pressure so be sure to use an even degree. Always use an essential massage oil or creams with slow absorption because they help to prepare and protect the skin, and to avoid friction between your hands and the skin. If you don't have the right products, try out the Effortless essential oil roll-on care packs that comes with three types of blends including muscle relax, good sleep and respiratory health.
Head, neck and shoulder massage
This part usually need more focus especially for the work from home employees. Sitting posture and working on laptop cause stiff muscles. Spend approximately 15 to 20 minutes on these areas.
Begin the full body massage at the shoulders by kneading the muscles and gently pulling them towards you. Work across the shoulders to the neck using your thumbs and the tips of your fingers to work from the muscles, across and down the upper back. Watch your nails!
Work down each arm separately finding the muscle groups in the front and back and kneading them gently. When you get to the hands, use your thumbs to work the palms. Don't forget the other arm!
Return to the upper back and work downwards to the middle of the back using your thumbs and fingertips to work from the center out and pushing upward.
Ending with a foot massage
Continue working down the back to the hips. Massage the muscles of the upper thighs and down the back of the legs to the calves spending time kneading each one separately with both hands.
Move to the foot, start with the heel and hold it firmly while pushing up toward the leg, then down and side-to-side. Work your thumbs on the underside of the foot with deep, slow pressure and also the balls of the feet and in between the toes. If you’re subject’s asleep – you did a great job!
Book a professional therapist
If you have severe muscle pain or tight knots, or in case if you're looking for a particular kind of massage that improves lymph flow, seek for professional help because they're certified and experienced to treat your condition. On the other hand, for post pregnancy moms, massage is very good for reducing the appearance of cellulite. It improves the removal of metabolic wastes and toxins from the interstitial tissues around the adipose tissues, and gives the skin a smoother appearance.