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How to give a massage

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The whole body can receive massages. From head to toe, each zone has its own specificities and virtues. A full body massage therapy is, of course, the most indicated to enjoy all the benefits of massage. Reflexology is a form of massage that has therapeutic benefits both psychological and physical. It aims to restore the balance of the body by acting on strategic points called reflexe zones. We can thus distinguish the different reflexology techniques according to the massage area concerned:

  1. hand reflexology
  2. facial reflexology
  3. auricular reflexology
  4. iridology
  5. foot reflexology
how to give a massage

How to give a massage on the whole body

A full massage has the advantage of acting on the whole body to bring well-being and health in the long term. It also provides deep relaxation while stimulating circulation and oxygenating the body.

The complete massage offers a well-being physical and psychic. Indeed, it:

  1. acts on your blood circulation
  2. stimulates your muscles and joints
  3. promotes the elimination of toxins
  4. improves renewal of your energy
  5. helps you to positivate
  6. helps you to focus on your emotions
  7. helps you to manage your stress
  8. allow you to avoid troubles linked to depressive feeling

In addition, a full massage does not require any protocol device, even if a few gestures must be respected. Thus, you must be lying down to better capture energy; essential oils suitable for the desired effect can be used. In addition, it is better that your body be covered with a warm towel to relax your  muscles.

The first contact is at the level of the shoulder blades, and the movements must always be directed towards the heart.

Then, the gestures vary according to the areas to be exploited: kneadingeffleurage, tappingfriction or palper-rouler.

However, the massage therapist will avoid to massage your legs if you have varicose veins. 

In addition, a full massage should not be given to you if you have diabetes or heart problems and high blood pressure.

If you have undergone recent surgery you should also not be fully massaged. This is also the case for people with infectious diseases.

How to give a massage of the muscles

Muscles are often exposed to pain, tension, stiffness and even inflammation.

Thanks to this massage, the muscle fibres will be more resistant and more efficient, and the muscle will regain all its vitality.

Massage thus helps to stimulate the muscles and neuro-muscular fibres, as well as to relax the muscles in the event of contractions or aches and pains.

It is a good way to recover after a significant muscular effort and to untie knots.

In addition, it improves blood circulation and oxygenates the body by removing impurities. It also acts on neurons by providing well-being and relaxation and thus allows to evacuate stress.

In practice, four main gestures are frequently used to massage muscles:

  1. Effleurage is used to start a session gently, it can be superficial or deep depending on the expected result.
  2. Friction consists in making movements with the palm of the hand or the fist, it usually follows the effleurage.
  3. Kneading is a movement applied with the fingers, this step consists of lifting, kneading or pressing the muscles.
  4. Vibration is a set of manipulations performed by the hands on each part of the body.

In addition, no special precautions should be taken before performing a muscle massage; however, the part of the body to be worked on should be taken into account. Thus, in case of injuries, it is better to refrain from applying any type of massage; and in case of doubt, the advice of a doctor is a good idea.

Muscles are essential elements for carrying out any activity. Some of them are particularly involved in optimizing our ability to work.

This is the case for the:

  1. arm and forearm muscles, which must be stimulated to strengthen manual forces
  2. back muscles, especially the shoulder blades, to relieve tension
  3. thigh and leg muscles, to better support weight and walking activities.

Therefore, muscle massage should be performed with caution and prior medical advice should be obtained for patients with osteoarthritis or sciatica.

Now you know everything about how to give a massage. 



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