Let's start with the fact that the main thing is not how to do it, what kind of massage and who will do it. If you have decided on these questions, then, depending on the selected type of massage, a different technique is used. The most common type of massage is cervical massage. Here they use such techniques as:
In general, we have specially collected all types of massage in our section types of massage, where you can read about the type of interest and the method of its implementation. Good luck :)
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the specialist of the Center for Healthy Back (St. Petersburg) Stepashin Maxim Nikolaevich answers
If we are talking about hygienic (not medical / sports / Chinese acupressure and other types of massage), then there are some nuances that should be considered during the massage procedure.
Direction of movement. The massage can be invigorating or soothing. It is believed that movements from the lower back up the back have an invigorating effect, and from the neck to the lower back - soothing (so they calm children - stroking the back). For example, slow and firm strokes, with which it is correct to start the massage, can relax the person, and with light stroking (with fingertips), the person may feel tickling or mild arousal.
General or local massage?
General - done on the whole body. You should start from the back zone, then shoulders, forearms, hands, neck, head. From the lower back to the areas: buttocks, thighs, lower leg, feet; abdomen, upper thigh.
Local- back massage, neck massage, lower back massage, hand, foot, foot massage, head, face, ears massage.
1) stroking - help to establish contact, to tune in with the one to whom you are massage. Spend at least 2-5 minutes stroking.
2) rubbing - prepares the muscles for kneading, warms them up. It takes from 2-5 minutes. It looks like a series of quick movements, not so much sliding over the skin, but shifting and stretching in different directions. Do not do it on the face, stretch the skin.)
3) kneading - tight, exciting, rolling movements, consisting of squeezing and fixing the massaged area.
4) squeezing - slow and very strong sliding movements of the hands towards the lymph nodes. For example, from the center of the back towards the armpits, there are lymph nodes. We do not massage the lymph nodes themselves - you can stroke and slowly and gently press with the surface of your palm.
5) vibrations - shaking, beating, chopping, patting. Aimed at mobilizing tissues, inflowing fresh blood to the massaged area. Do not do on the lower back! - this is the zone of the kidneys, you cannot hit the lower back, you can very easily pat it so as not to harm!
Finish the massage with stroking :)
In general, I recommend that you familiarize yourself with the books of the authors V.Vasichkin and V. .Fokin about massage :)
And remember about the position of your body - you should be comfortable doing massage: watch your posture, move, change the position of your body, do the massage not with the force of your hands, but with your hands using your body, it will help you keep yourself healthy.