Enter the challenge “massage in confinement” #LockDownMassageChallenge
Ready for this second part of our “Massage in confinement” challenge?
Previously, we saw the benefits of massage and how to set up a room so that the moment is most relaxing despite this agonizing and stressful period of confinement due to the health crisis due to the Coronavirus.
Today, we are going to discover the 5 main gestures of well-being massage . They are practiced with oil or cream – I told you in yesterday ‘s article , personally I prefer oil – the hands needing to glide over the skin while maintaining a solid grip. .
However, before starting, I strongly advise you to read my article on the contraindications for wellness massage , because yes, there are!
I love hot oil!
Why ? Because the warm oil on the skin is particularly soothing. The well-being felt is almost immediate! You can heat a small amount slowly in a water bath before starting the massage, otherwise you can also heat some water and place your small bottle of oil inside, (cap open) to warm up .
Be careful with the temperature though. There is no question here of scalding the receiver!
The rule of thumb for dosing oil is “not enough rather than too much” because the skin does not need a lot of material to soften. If you have taken too much, you can just wipe off the excess with a soft cloth or tissue.
But it’s not yet time for oiling… Let’s find out the basic gestures of the “Lockdown massage challenge”!
Touching, the first step
Effleurage 1/5 gestures to learn for a successful massage – Sandra Foddai Massages Bien-être
The effleurage consists of lightly massaging with bare hands , using the fingers and the palm of the hand flat.
The effleurage techniques are used at the beginning or at the end of the session. The effleurage does not work in depth on the muscle mass but it has the advantage of being relaxing and relaxing. It is therefore a technique accessible to all, easy to practice and which may be sufficient to provide a phase of de-stress, especially for back massage.
How to do a light touch?
You just have to put your hands on the receiver for a few moments to make contact, then you advance your hands to the end of your reach, finally you separate your hands and bring them back to the sides of the part of the body you are in the process of. to work. Start over!
Gesture 2: Kneading
Kneading 2/5 gestures to learn for a successful massage – Sandra Foddai Massages Bien-être
Kneading is a very well-known gesture that is common to almost all massages in the world. It consists of kneading the muscles more or less deeply. The skin is therefore put under tension. It can be modulated in depth in order to offer different effects. Tolerated by everyone, it turns out, in use, to be a relaxing or curative sports technique.
It is a tonic gesture, practical for removing stiffness, useful after a sporting effort or general stress.
What is kneading used for?
It relieves muscle tension
It stimulates blood circulation
It restores the feeling of structure of the body, it redraws the body diagram.
It removes a large part of the stagnant toxins
How to knead?
The hands can be parallel to the edge of the body or perpendicular to the muscle. They move alternately, stretching muscle tissue in a slow and gradual manner.
Take a mass of muscle in the palms, twist, each hand going in the opposite direction. One hand loosens its grip as the other closes. Make sure your hands don’t come off the body, like kneading dough. Proceed slowly, deeply, gradually, at a steady pace. It will be more pleasant for the person massaged. Well-being guaranteed!
Gesture 3: Slide pressures
Slide pressures b 3/5 gestures to learn for a successful massage – Sandra Foddai Well-Being MassagesPressures slipped in 3/5 gestures to learn for a successful massage – Sandra Foddai Massages Bien-être
Slide pressures are widely used in massage because they work more in depth. They have many variations and can be practiced on all areas of the body, from the feet to the face, including the back, legs and so on. Make sure to correct the oiling for these gestures in order to promote the glide on the skin, without heating it up.
What is the sliding pressure for?
It eliminates toxins in depth and stimulates vital energy, chiChi – Sandra Foddai Wellness Massages
It serves as a transition to leave an area that has been worked in deep kneading and, again, to give the sensation of body structure, the body diagram.
How to perform a sliding pressure?
This technique can be practiced with the pads of the fingers, the folded phalanges, the heels of the hands, the elbow (be careful, the further you go with the point of the elbow, the greater the depth and – perhaps – the pain will be). It consists of a firm support on a fleshy area – contact with the bones can be unpleasant, so be careful – followed by a controlled sliding over a few inches. The gesture can be repeated several times if necessary.
Gesture 4: Pressing down
Pressures supported 4/5 gestures to learn for a successful massage – Sandra Foddai Massages Bien-être
It is a more precise gesture which will make it possible to dislodge the painful points of the small muscles of the shoulder blades, neck, hands, feet… It also works the deep tissue around the joints. The pressed pressures intervene after the passage of the effleurage and the kneading. The pressure is increasing and the fingers should be firm but flexible to facilitate their gradual penetration into the muscle. They act as a muscle and circulatory tonic. To perform this movement, it is necessary to exert pressure with the pulp of the fingers and the thumb in small circles supported on the level of the muscular masses.
Gesture 5: Supported smoothing
Smoothing supported 5/5 gestures to learn for a successful massage – Sandra Foddai Massages Bien-être
This multi-faceted technique is widely used and is similar to a powerful and deep brushing. Deep smoothing can also take the form of brushing. It is a technique that is practiced as a transitional movement or to relieve a worked area.
Why practice this gesture?
It energetically stimulates a large area
It allows you to make a transition between two phases of technical massage
It relieves an area that has just been worked
It regenerates a muscle area
It improves blood circulation
How to achieve strong smoothing?
Put your hands or fingers flat, push upwards while pressing on the muscles following a precise muscular path. This technique can be practiced with the elbows or forearms in the same way: slide by pressing more or less strongly depending on the tolerance of the person you are massaging.
Learning wellness massage …
There are many other gestures and techniques which complement these bases, or which are reserved for working professionals. You will already be able to do a lot with these few gestures.