Top 5 Massage Tips and Tricks

Bristol Massage Workshops Series

Try these tips to make home massage easy and fun!

1.     Variety

It feels good for the body to experience different kinds of massage in one session. This may not be appropriate every time, for example, if your partner is feeling very tender and can only receive very gentle massage. At other times though, it’s good to mix things up with a variety of techniques. For example:

  • Stillness – don’t be afraid to completely stop and either hold the body or gently place a hand on it. It’s necessary for the person to integrate the massage to have moments of complete rest within and at the end of the massage.
  • Percussion – this is the light tapping with finger tips or chopping with the sides of the hands over areas of muscle (don’t do this on bone!) that feels like gentle raindrops. It’s not for everyone, but give it a try. It can help stubborn areas of tension release. The key is to keep your wrists loose and keep your hands moving.
  • Stretches – or yoga for lazy people!! Stretching out a limb can feel really good. Take a good firm hold and pull until the receiver says they can feel a stretch. Go easy with it and be careful not to go too far.

2.     Slow down, sink down

Most everybody that I teach at massage workshops in Bristol want to know how to give deeper pressure. Often there is an idea that deep pressure has to be about force and efforting, but it’s actually something very different. The body only releases tension in relaxation and can only truly receive deep pressure in an open state. The simplest way to increase the pressure of massage is to slow down the movement of your hands and sink deeper in your body – bend your knees. This is easy on both the giver and receiver.

3.     Circling

When you have found a knot, lump or other area or tension, you can make small circles on it and around it to help the tension release.

4.     Pressure point

Another way to work with spots of tension is to move in and out with pressure. Go as deep as is comfortable to go into the knot or lump. Stay there for about 10 seconds without moving, then release half the pressure. Stay there for 10 seconds, then go back as deep as you can go, and repeat this process two or three times. You may find that you can go a little deeper each time and at some point, the body may completely let go.

5.     Integrate

When you have finished working on one area of the body, lightly massage over the whole area, covering all the parts you have worked on, cover with a sheet or towel and gently rest your hands on the body. Take a few deep breaths, allowing the body to integrate and absorb what it has experienced.

Not sure how to put these into practice? Get in touch and I can talk through any questions. Or book a massage workshop in Bristol with me.