To give a good back massage, begin by checking the skin for any redness, bruising or tenderness. Add warmed massage oil or lotion to your hands, and spread over the skin. Begin massaging upward from the lower back, then move to the shoulders and neck. End by working your way down the arms.Continue Reading
Check the skin for redness, bruising or tenderness. If you notice anything, save the massage for later to prevent injury.
Almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil and cocoa butter are excellent oils for massage. Add a couple drops of scented essential oil, such as peppermint, lavender or eucalyptus oil, for a pleasant scent. Spread the oil evenly on the skin.
Use slow, circular strokes and medium pressure as you work your way upward. Move along either side of the spine. If you feel knots along the way, add a bit of extra pressure with your thumbs, always checking the recipient's comfort.
Gently massage the neck, and then use deeper pressure with firmer strokes for the shoulders.
Use less pressure as you move downward along the upper arms.