You have been experiencing fatigue, anxiety and general stress symptoms such as disturbed sleep patterns or loss of appetite after months of hard work trying to balance the work-life equation. Concerned you see a doctor who may suggest some vitamins and relaxation massages for a month before you report back to her/him later. You look up a reputed licensed massage therapist and set up an appointment for a few relaxation massage sessions. As the day approaches, you begin to turn apprehensive and do not know what to expect at the session.
Here’s a preview of what procedures are followed for a relaxation massage:
If the whole body needs massage, the sequence is always the same. The masseurs start with your back and move on to the back of the legs. Then they have the patient turned over on her/his back and continue with the massage of the neck, shoulders, scalp, face, arms and hands, front of the body and front of the legs.
It is important to note that massage of most areas explained below follows the pattern of - effleurage or light gliding strokes (light gliding strokes, circling and feathering), following it up with medium depth strokes (Kneading, pulling and wringing) and depending on the area deep tissue massage (finger friction, thumb pressing and deep pressure with the heal of the hand), percussion strokes (as mentioned in the question above) and ending with large light gliding strokes connecting the whole area.
1. The therapist always starts by covering the whole area with a clean sheet or towel after you have adjusted on the firm but comfortable massage table.
2. Soothing oil of your choice is applied for the massage.
3. The therapist starts with the whole back and then moves on to the shoulder blades.
4. Next, the upper back is followed by the lower back massage.
5. The buttocks are massaged next and only if you are comfortable with the therapist doing so. They will ask you before they work on the area.
6. Next, they take up the sides of the body and end the back massage with working mildly and carefully on the spine.
BACK OF THE LEGS:
1. Both the legs are oiled together.