Learn How to Massage Like a Professional
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Even if you are giving a standard massage rather than a sensual one, you must begin by preparing the area and setting the scene, where the massage will be given.
My advice to you is to switch off the phone, lock the doors and play some soothing music such as nature or water sounds to create a relaxed atmosphere. A relaxed atmosphere is vital so that both you and the person you are giving the massage to are put at ease.
Another important point is to make sure that you will not be interrupted because the key to a great massage is total relaxation and you cannot fully relax until all distractions are gone. The last thing you want is someone barging in when you are midway through a massage, destroying the ambience you have gone to great lengths to create!
So, turn out the lights and light some scented candles to achieve a soft glow and ensure the area where the massage will be given is comfortable and clean.
Now, let's imagine the scene – soft lighting, fragrant candles, soothing music and no chance of any interruptions … Now your stage is set and you are ready to give a great massage …
A truly effective massage is a science, with the end results depending on the proper use of specific techniques. You don't have to be a professional, though you do need to know a little about what you are doing!
Don't try and give a massage on a soft bed or sofa as this will not give proper support in order for you to administer the full benefits of the massage. If you do not have a massage table or an orthopedic mattress, then I would suggest using the floor as a starting point.
Pick up the massage oil you have selected and squeeze a small amount into your palm – don't apply it directly on to his or her skin as it may be cold! Then rub your hands together to warm both the oil and your skin. Even on a warm evening, try to ensure that your hands are warmer than the air. This will help the relaxation process.
Start with the back, neck and arms. Place your hands flat to either side of the spine and glide them up towards the shoulders. Then curve outwards and bring them down over the ribcage on each side. Repeat, increasing the pressure. Use long, smooth strokes to create relaxation and prepare the muscles for kneading.
Warm up the back by applying thumb pressure along both
sides of the spine simultaneously. Start at the lower back and knead gently with your thumbs up to the neck area as this will also promote relaxation.
Keep kneading and applying pressure in order to give a truly great massage!