How Do You Give a Good Back Massage?


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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.

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  1. Inspect the skin

    Check the skin for redness, bruising or tenderness. If you notice anything, save the massage for later to prevent injury.

  2. Add warmed massage oil to your hands, and spread over the skin

    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.

  3. Begin by massaging the lower back, working upward towards the shoulders

    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.

  4. Work the neck and shoulders

    Gently massage the neck, and then use deeper pressure with firmer strokes for the shoulders.

  5. Finish by massaging down the upper arms

    Use less pressure as you move downward along the upper arms.

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