Simple Massage’s Tips

10 April 2020

Massage is the manipulation of soft tissues in the body and commonly applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, or feet. The aims is generally for treatment of body stress or pain. We do have some tips for you to do simple massage provided by our Rock Spa® Team. Check this out!

Simple Massage at Home:

 

  • SHOULDER

WHAT: This is perhaps the most classic area in the body where people feel tension and a massage here can lead to stress relief and is a great way to relax the muscles.

HOW: Start by placing your hands on the shoulders with the thumbs on the upper back and the four fingers just to the side of the collar bone. Make a circular motion with the entire hand and focus on making circles with the thumbs on either side of the backbone just below the collar line. For a deeper and more relaxing stroke, use both on hands on one shoulder at a time while maintaining the circular motion.

  • HEAD

WHAT: A great way to relieve stress, the traditional head massage originates from India and is based on the ancient Ayurvedic form of healing.

HOW: Place hands, with fingers spread, to the sides of the head, and slowly move the hands up as if you are shampooing the hair. Once at the top of the head, let the fingers gently glide off and then lower your hands and move them around to a different area of the head. Repeat this over the entire scalp and then use a rubbing motion with just the fingertips.

  • FOOT

WHAT: This pampering massage is great for those who find themselves on the their feet all day, and it can also help treat headaches, insomnia, and stress.

HOW: With a bit of soothing oil, use the flat of your palm to gently glide over the bottom of the foot, repeating about five times with each hand. Then hold the foot firmly with both hands and use the thumbs to apply pressure throughout the bottom of the foot, working your way from the heel to the toes.

  • HAND

WHAT: An often overlooked part of the body during traditional massages, receiving a hand massage can be a blessing for anyone who uses their hands all day. It can be extremely relaxing and is also a great way to show affection.

HOW: With the recipient's open palm facing you, hold the wrist and use your thumbs to gently but firmly apply pressure to the palm and work your way up each finger. Turn the hand over and starting with the little finger give it a good rub and then pull it a bit, repeating this for all the fingers including the thumb. To finish, place the person’s wrist in between your two wrists and shake from side to side.

  • FACE

WHAT: Just like any other part of the body, muscles in the face also need to be treated with care and a face massage is a great way to get blood flowing to the area and can also leave the skin feeling young and fresh.

HOW: Start with hands on the forehead in a prayer formation and the glide them down a few times. Use the index fingers to work down the nose and then bring all the fingers to the jaw and rub in a circular motion. Place the thumbs just above the middle of the top lip and glide down either side a few times, then repeat on the bottom side of the lips. Bring middle and index fingers to temples and move in circular motion. Finish by placing both hands on the forehead and make a wish for the person receiving the massage.

  • REFLEXOLOGY HAND MASSAGE

Step 1: Sit in a comfortable chair in a quiet room. Step 2: Enter a state of relaxation using a bit of your favorite oil hands. Oils and creams are normally not used in professional reflexology sessions, but will not hurt to use them in an informal session.

Step 3: Rub the cream on your hands for several minutes until completely absorbed. This will relax your hands and increase flexibility in preparation for applying reflexology. Be sure not to use a cream or oil greasy your hands are not slippery.

Step 4: Close your eyes and focus on any area of your body where you feel an uncomfortable pain. Sometimes you just feel as if some part of your body feel misaligned.

Step 5: Consult a hand reflexology map to identify the points of reflection in your hands that correspond to the parts of your body you want to work. For example, if you have pain in your left shoulder, you have to query the map and see that the points of reflection for your shoulder are located on the little finger of the left hand.

Step 6: Firmly press the reflex point. You can gradually increase the pressure to make sure you're "activating" the reflex, but loose a little if you feel some pain.

Step 7: Hold the pressure for 30 seconds and release.

Step 8: Wait a few seconds and repeat. You can press either 30 seconds or you can press and release the point of a pulsed for 30 seconds.

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