These how-to techniques found in Press Here! Massage for Beginners by PRESS CEO ($17.99) Rachel Beider will give you the massage basics to get started and offer relief to yourself and others right away.
This guide teaches how to give a deeply enjoyable therapeutic massage to family, friends, or yourself.
Start by stretching your hands and wrists. Then, review the hand positions below to learn how to work with different strokes and hand positions.
Practice by massaging a reachable area, such as the legs, using each technique to get familiar with how it feels as both the giver and receiver.
Massage for Back: The first image in the slideshow below illustrates the back muscles. The second image outlines the massage method. If you practice with a friend, check in with them and ask how the pressure is throughout. Make adjustments as needed, and get their feedback afterward.
Massage for Neck: Muscle knots in the neck are very common, usually making neck massage especially satisfying and relaxing. This method uses a variety of techniques, most of which you can apply to yourself.
Massage for Shoulders: A highly-popular focus in massage, give your shoulders relief with a combination of effleurage, petrissage, stripping, circular friction, cross-fiber friction, and compression. (Whew, that was a lot! Refer back to the "hand positions" image as needed.)
Massage for Hands: A simple but universally-loved technique. Ideal after long periods of using computers, phones, or other objects that involve specific finger movements.
Great work! Remember to drink plenty of water to keep your muscles hydrated and flush out any toxins that were released during your massage.
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