How to Master Massage Techniques

When your client is spending $60-$150 hourly in your massage centre, he or she deserves the best massage therapies. But how do you provide it? Mastering the different techniques of massage is the key to a successful career as a massage therapist. To massage like a professional, you need to follow certain steps. For your ease, we have included some tips that you can apply to perform excellently in your field. Read on to know what they are.
  • Massage Therapy SchoolContinued training is recommended to perfect ones skills. In most massage schools, the practice and instruction sessions last for approximately 700 hours. After the completion of the course, don’t stop learning and updating yourself on your chosen skills. Rather, you should continue such courses and ongoing development yearly. While learning techniques thoroughly, working on your stamina is significant to ensure quality massage to your clients. Make your manual dexterity better to massage in the correct and effective way. (See Watch Videos)

  • Once a client approaches you, you will need to forget what’s happening in the outside world. Understanding the emotional and physical state of the client will help you to choose the right massage technique. Both muteness and chattiness may make the client feel that you’re not totally involved in the session. Have a friendly approach while communicating with him or her so as to create a comfortable ambience.

  • Many videos on “How to Massage like a Professional’ are available online. These videos educate beginners about how they can sharpen their massaging abilities by providing step-by-step guides along with relevant pictures. In your spare time, watch them to increase your knowledge.

  • You may have heard your client asking, “Why you stop after massaging for a very short time?’ Well, you know the answer – it’s because your arms and hands start to ache after a few minutes of the session. This happens because of the exhaustion that you undergo while applying strokes on your client’s body. The correct positioning is significant to allow your body to remain active throughout the entire session. Here, gripping is not as significant as the use of gravity and stance.

  • massage oilsOften, oil is used in massage therapies. Sometimes, they have relaxing and calming effects, and sometimes these oils can rejuvenate and invigorate clients. Apart from those, massage oils also relieve one from muscle pains. Being a therapist, it’s your duty to determine which oil will suit your client. For instance, lavender oil is used mainly in a de-stressing therapy. Each oil has its own usage.  Make certain that you have an in-depth knowledge about the utility of different oils.

  • Apply gentle pressure on the left shoulder of your client with the base of your hand. Take your hand back and forth over the neck by loosening your fist. Squeeze the muscles of the shoulder and the back gently. Without stopping, go on and repeat this process on the right side of the shoulder too. Continue doing it several times until your client feels relaxation.

  • Use your thumbs to rub the back of the client in a circular motion. To relax the muscles, do this upward and downward massage mainly along the spine. As you bend down, make your client lean forward. While massaging, don’t apply any pressure directly on the spine of the client as it may produce negative results afterwards. Using your body weight, create gentle pressure on her or his back.

  • Avoid Pushing HardDepending on the requirement of your client, you may need to increase the intensity of the pressure to be applied. The pressure should be such that you can easily feel the movement of the muscle below the skin of your client, and identify knots and limited mobility. With the correctly learned techniques, you can apply the right level of pressure in any particular area, and a skilled therapist knows how and when to apply deep tissue massage.

Everyday, new techniques are introduced in the massaging world. To excel in this field, knowing the outcomes of different massages are crucial.