Before doing massage, it's important to remember some massage tips. Touch is not only a comforting and pleasurable means of relaxing, it is also a necessary part of being alive.
Research with children shows that denying touch is very detrimental for the basic health of the child.
Regular massage can relieve stress, tension, tiredness, aching joints, digestive problems, headaches, insomnia, arthritis and emotionally related problems like Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome and asthma.
It can help you to clear your thoughts, increase your creativity, lose weight, open your awareness, strengthen joints, loosen muscles, stretch tendons, increase overall flexibility, release depression and much more.
When it is included in treatment of people suffering from life threatening and long-term illness. It gives a faster, less painful and long-lasting recovery. There are some important massage tips and techniques to remember when doing massage.
These are different types of massage -
This is slow, gentle relaxing kind of massage. All that may seem to be going on is someone leaning with their fingers, thumbs, or arms on another person or gently wringing their limbs. However, the power of shiatsu is deep. Positive intention is very important that is how the practitioner controls the direction and strength of the energy passing through the recipient. Working on Tsubos(vital Japanese pressure points) while focusing on the energy channels(meridians) of the receiver, the giver slowly releases unhealthy blockages and re-balances the flow of energy within the body.
2) HEAD MASSAGE
Massaging your head, neck shoulders releases tension in the muscles of the upper body, reliving headaches, de-stressing your mind and body, and moving toxins out of your system.
Aromatherapy is different in a way that it has very relaxing pleasurable way of absorbing the powerful, healing oils into ours bodies. There is an oil for almost every problem and combining oil with the power of touch results in a therapy that is one of the most relaxing, calming and refreshing way to unwind after a busy day.
Acupressure also is a different type of massage, unlike Shiatsu, which works on the meridians and pressure points, acupressure and acupuncture both use fixed points. They can be activated by firm touch, a needle (in case of acupuncture), or an electric current. The pressure points are very responsive and can relieve pain, sickness and stiffness in muscles and joints very quickly and effectively. To get the best result from acupresuure you must apply pressure for at least a minute to each point used.
Therapeutic massage is more clinical then traditional systems of shiatsu and acupressure. This type of massage is for more deep muscle, joints and other problems.
Some therapies work on muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. They work firmly to move tissue over tissue, so getting rid from the body the toxic build-up that can cause physical problems such as arthritis, rheumatism and sciatica. Others work in a gentler way reaching the body's energy systems to release long rooted problems. when giving massage, try to use some of the massage tips mentioned on this page.
To enable you to treat specific ailment or problems you should undertake a professional training course in whichever therapy you choose to study. However, to give a therapy that will very effectively release everyday problems that have no medical cause, you don't need any professional training. Working gently, with care, while wishing well being to yourself or the person you are working.
Here is few basic massage tips to get you started.
Stroking- Use flat hands, fingers, thumbs, even your forearms, in a smooth flowing action, running lightly over the body in straight lines, circles, or long sweeps.
Rotations- Using firm pressure, work your fingers, thumbs, or elbows in small circles over one spot.
Kneading- Good for large muscles over the shoulders and back. Use your fist or the heel of your hand against the pressure of your palm, thumbs working against fingers, or fingers against thumbs, in a pinching action that works against large areas.
Pinching- Similar to kneading but you pick up small areas of flesh between your fingers and thumbs. Again, be firm without causing any actual pain.
Wriggling- Taking the muscle between both hands, twist your hands in opposite directions.
Pressure- Use your fingers, thumbs, fists, elbows, feet, knees, or any part of your body that can exert a still, steady pressure on the relevant area.
Hacking- You can use the sides of your hands or the back of your hands.
Knuckling- Use the knuckles of your fingers.