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Give Back Massage a Try

Aug 17, 2007
Have you ever had a first-class shoulder rub; you know how great it can feel. This is why massage techniques have developed into a science of their own over the years, as a culmination of hybrids of Eastern and Western philosophies in physical therapy and other medical treatments. You don't need to have a lot of experience to enjoy giving a massage to someone. If you're looking for a means to enjoy the relaxation of a massage at home, try learning to give and receive a back massage.

Why Massage the Back?

Back massages are great for a number of reasons. First, the back itself makes an easy plateau to work with, containing broad muscle groups that often carry a lot of anxiety due to poor posture or unnecessary strains from improperly lifting heavy items. It is also hard to give yourself a back massage, so be ready to give if you want to receive a good back massage.

A massage can improve the circulation, which stimulates the immune system, encourages the body to flush out impurities, and promotes proper posture. However, a good massage will bring not only physical relaxation, but emotional well being also. Taking the time out to share a massage with your spouse or loved one can be a bonding experience that will strengthen your relationship.

Where do I Learn?

Learning how to give a back massage can be as easy as lightly rubbing up and down on a back with your palms. But if you want to get the most out of the massage time, you can learn some of the proper techniques to give the most effective massage. Your local bookstore should have resources that detail different back massage techniques. For those who want to take learning a step further, you could seek out a massage school and find out if they give basic lessons. Learning to give a proper back massage is valuable, not just for improving your massage technique, but for avoiding potentially dangerous things that you can do to someone during a back massage.

A Word of Caution

As mentioned, while it's straightforward to give an effortless back massage that relaxes, it's also very easy to use incorrect techniques causing injury to your massage partner. Because of this, no matter how basic a back massage you intend to give, you should know some things to avoid. Never put direct pressure on the spine, because it's a delicate area and the wrong pressure can cause pain or even injury.

Likewise, if the person you intend to massage has any scrapes, bruises, or blisters on his back, stay away from that area. Friction over such spots can lead to further injury, and that's the opposite of what you're trying to get out of a back massage. For the best results, find someone to teach you good techniques, and you'll learn how to give a appropriate back massage without causing injury.
About the Author
Scott Goodman writes about many different subjects. For more information and articles about Massages please visit Massage News.
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