Effleurage is the lightest style of massage stroke. It is used at the beginning of a massage to spread oil over the body and to warm up superficial tissues. It is used as you move between areas of the body to make sure your client knows you are still there.
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Massage has been proven to be helpful in the management of pain in the hamstrings. Your hamstrings are 3 muscles at the back of your thigh. They are in constant use when ever you are on your feet or doing sport. You can damage your hamstring by overzealous exercise or by being overweight.
Health consultations are a professional therapists way of personalising your treatment and making sure it is safe to massage you. It should take about 15 minutes to complete but, it means your treatment will be as individual as you are.
Tapotement (also called percussion) strokes are the most stimulating used in Swedish massage. I describe the techniques of hacking, cupping, beating and pummelling (also called pounding) and the benefits you get from them.
Being busy is worn as a medal of honour by many successful people. However, being overly busy can lead to a terrible thing called burnout. Massage can help when you start to see or feel the signs of Burnout.
Anyone can suffer from ankle mobility problems. The ankle is one of the most used joints in the body. Here we look at what movements the foot and ankle do and the muscles used by them in movements. To help someone, you must understand your subject first.
Wringing is what is termed a medium depth stroke. These are deeper strokes than effleurage that stimulate muscle tissue under the epidermis and dermis. It is done using 2 hands, pulling flesh and then pushing it together. Therapist look like they are dancing as they use this technique. There are many benefits to using this stroke including, aiding circulation, stimulating the filtering of toxins and relaxing muscles.
Kneading is a petrissage stroke used generally after effluerage. The technique is similar in motion to kneading bread. It is a medium depth stroke that relaxes muscle tension and stimulates the skin. It can be done with palms, fingers, thumbs or the side of the hand. its benefits are many to skin, muscles and bone.
All relationships have ups and downs. If you both express gratitude, it will help you both. Simple things, like doing the washing up, can be taken for granted. Take note of what the other person does, show appreciation and it will keep your relationship in better place.
Your well-being and happiness in life can be helped by a few simple things. One of those things is keeping detailed notes a few times a week of the things you are grateful for. Try it. It does not take long and may help you too.
Dwell on your feelings less and become more aware. Let go of your feelings and become more mindful.
In todays fast paced world living in your head, on autopilot, with persistent negative worries is common. Lots of people in different walks of life live like this without actually realising it. Mindfulness can help by allowing you to spend meditative time giving yourself a choice of being on autopilot or simply being you.