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Back Massage Therapy; Swedish Techniques; Complete Body Part 1
>>ATHENA: I'm Athena Jezik, and today
we're going to do just basic Swedish massage work
on the model today, on Corrina.
So we start by just applying the oil.
You want to apply it fairly liberally
but not too much oil to make it too slippery
or too much oil to make it uncomfortable
for the person.
And be sure to get up into the neck.
Again, when you apply the oil, make sure that
you put it into your hand first and rub
your hands together, spreading the oil on your hands
and then spreading it onto the person that you're working on.
It makes a much nicer way of approaching the body.
I'm just going to go through my normal routine that I do.
This is primarily for relaxation.
Swedish massage will typically take care of
some knot problems or muscular problems of an injury nature,
but it's basically more for relaxation.
We just do the basic steps.
Swedish massage has certain movements that it has
and that's what classifies it as Swedish,
Effleurage, Petrissage, kneading and Tapotement are
primarily the ones that we work with.
I don't use much tapotement at all,
but I do use the other three.
This is an effleurage. A little more thumb iron.
It's hard for me to go completely basic with the
way that I learned it in school because
I have been practicing so long that I have developed
little extra things to put in it.
And to start on this side of the back
you stretch the trapezius muscle
all with those three techniques
and a little bit of things added,
basically you'll be able to see how
a relaxation massage looks.
Swedish massage is primarily for circulation,
softening and relaxing,
which is why it is so good to do this
on a regular basis, maintain our stress levels,
give the body a chance to take it into a deeper
relaxation, get circulation going again.
And we're coming down into the low back.
This is a routine that I have developed
over the years. It works good for me.
It flows from one muscle group to another,
which is a nice way to approach it
if you're working on somebody.
I do things in threes.
This is more of a thumb iron,
but it could be considered a little more
Swedish work as well.
Sometimes the terminologies get a little bit
grey area because there's only so much you can do
to manipulate a muscle,
and people get sort of ridiculous sometimes about words
and names, and they copyright the name, and somebody
else can't use the name but they're doing the same technique,
so it's really all in the hands and what you feel
and how you present yourself through that sensation
that you're feeling that really makes a difference.
And then we do the same thing on the other side.
Pulling that muscle, stretching that muscle,
getting inside that muscle.
Even with Swedish massage you should not use
a lot of deep pressure
unless that's what you're specifically going for.
It's a relaxation massage. It should be enough
pressure that people feel it. It shouldn't be
ticklish or real light, because then you're not going to get
much result into the muscle.
With a tickle kind of massage, lighter work
is for lymphatic work, or other techniques
that don't require getting into the muscles for circulation.
I probably do my deepest work with Swedish technique,
and even that isn't that deep.
And again, that's because I have other skills
that I've developed, so they blend together
to make a very nice mix.
Take the best out of each modality
and work it form there.
Back when I was at the peak of my massage work
I would do sometimes as much as seven massages a day,
and back then I worked six days a week.
Usually I would only work five a day,
so I had a lot of practice.
That went on for many years.
Now I do very little massage work.
I do have clients that come in for massage.
I don't mind doing it, however, I prefer
doing the other modalities,
the cranial and the lymph are where I tend to do
most of my work now.
This has a little vibration to it,
which is also a fun thing to do.
Vibration feels real good,
especially along the spine.
And then, of course, the trick a good massage
is being sure you get form the origins
to the insertions of the muscle.
So much of massage is done just in the belly
or the body of the muscle,
and although that feels good, the stress points
are usually at the attachments,
the origins and the insertions.
That's where the muscles attach.
The origin tends to be where the muscle starts,
the insertion is the movable side.
It's a movable muscle.
Sometimes muscles will only show one side
because you can't palpate all of them real deep
especially the deeper groups.
So you get wherever you can find
one end of the muscle or the other where it's
attaching into the tendon and then into the bone.
It's very helpful to be able to
go the distance on the muscles.
That's what also gives the feeling
that the massage is a little more complete,
when there has been time taken to go
to origin and insertion.
Then I will just wrap her upward
and then downward
and I'll show you this on the other side as well
and pulling it back down, there is a short little example
of a back Swedish relaxation massage.
This is Athena Jezik. Thank you for watching.