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How to Give a Massage

How to Give a Massage

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Learn Massage
Massage
Massage Strokes
 
 
 
 
 
Massage Routines
 
 
Basics of Massage
 
 
 
http://www.smphealth.org/info/massage/index.html [8/23/2002 6:15:09 PM]
 
SMP Health
Effleurage
Any stroke that glides over the skin without attempting to movethe muscle beneath. Apply firm even pressure. Effleurage strokesare usually directed toward the heart.
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Is used more than any other stroke
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Usually begins and ends each treatment
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Used as a bridge between many strokes
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Accustoms the patient to the touch of the operator
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Allows the operator to search for areas of spasms andsoreness
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Allows the operator to become familiar with the condition of the patient's muscles
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Increases circulation to the skin and more superficialmuscles
Bilateral Effleurage
Start at the lower back with one hand on each side of the spine.Go towards the upper back, all the way to the shoulders. Whilereturning to the lower back go along the sides of the back. Togive a deeper massage lean your body weight into the massage.
 
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Alternating Hand Effleurage (Shingles)
Start with one of your hands to the side of the spine at the lowerback. Move that hand forward 6-8 inches and then follow it withthe other hand. Remove the hand that is in the front and place itbehind the other hand. Do this several times to slowly work yourway up the back (to get to the top of the back should take atleast12-14 cycles).
Raking
Start with your fingers besides the spine at the bottom of the ribcage. Have one finger inbetween each rib with your lower fingerbetween your last rib. With your fingers inbetween the ribsfollow the ribs all the way down to the side of the back and thenreturn back to the spine. Repeat this all the way to the top of therib cage. Move up one rib at a time
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