Use Professional Massage Techniques to Improve Your Skill

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You don't have to go to massage school to master the techniques used by professional masseurs to deliver a great massage. However, you do need to observe some of the best practices and skills that the pros use. After implementing the techniques below, you will exude massage professionalism.

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Read on for more about what these skills are and how to use them. When you're done reading, watch the video too, as we'll demonstrate these skills in action.


About Giving a Massage Like a Professional

Professional masseurs know more than just reflexology. They know the techniques below which help them make clients feel relaxed and at ease. This is important, as someone who is not fully relaxed won't receive the full benefits of a massage. That's why you need to learn and apply these skills yourself.

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Benefits of Learning to Massage like a Professional:

  • Clients will be more relaxed
  • Greater positive experiences
  • more repeat visitors
  • Increased word of mouth about your business

Things You'll Need:

  • Desire to learn
  • Someone to practice on
  • Massage table
  • Skin safe oil (optional)
  • Fresh clean linen for the table
  • pillow

How to Master Professional Massage Techniques

  1. 1
    Personal hygiene.
    You are going to be working in close proximity to a human with a nose. It may be a good idea to use soaps, perfumes, and lotions that do not give off a strong scent as some may find them offensive.
    1. Dress for giving a massage. You don't want your clothing to be restrictive, but you also don't want it to be oversized to where it interferes with the massage. Hair, if long, should be pulled back so that it doesn't fall on to the client.
    2. Nails should be clean, cut short, and smooth. You do not want to inadvertently cut or scratch your client.
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  2. 2
    In order to relax someone else you first must be relaxed and calm. Some people are able to feel the vibrations of others. These people are known as empaths. In order to calm yourself you can practice meditation before a client arrives or deep breathing exercises.
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  3. 3
    Set the stage for relaxation.
    The room is a very important part of a massage. It should be warm, quiet, and comfortable. The lighting should be indirect and soft. Minimize distractions by having the client turn off their cell phone (you turn off yours as well), do not have a television on or radio. Instead, if you want some musical enhancement choose a relaxing instrumental mix or soundscapes. Anything soft and soothing will work.
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  4. 4
    Your massage table.
    You do not have to have a massage table you can use a regular table that is about hip height, a sleeping bag or thin mattress on the floor. Whatever you use needs to be firm enough not to absorb the pressure you apply but soft enough to be comfortable. Cover it with fresh linen and have more to cover the individual when not directly working on an area to keep it and the person warm and relaxed.
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  5. 5
    Get to know your client.
    Instruct the client to lie face down on the table. Place a pillow under their feet to help relieve pressure and discomfort caused by the position. After covering your client, ask questions to determine the exact problem areas and tell them to let you know if anything you do hurts or is painful. Then instruct them to begin taking deep relaxing inhales and slow exhales.
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  6. 6
    Keep talking to a minimum.
    After the previous step, you want to keep any speaking or verbal interaction to a minimum. If you are talking (or the client is), they may not be relaxing as fully as they could be.
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  7. 7
    Once you begin a massage, try not to lose contact for the rest of the massage's duration.
    This does not mean you have to continually use your hands, but your skin should always be touching and massaging the client's until time is up. Most non-professionals may have trouble with this as their hands cramp from overuse.
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Video Instructions for Practicing Massage Techniques

There is more to massage than just understanding muscles and body movement. You also need to know how to make a person relax and feel good, which this video will explain in more detail.

Additional Tips and Suggestions

  • Contrary to popular belief, a bed is the worst place to give a massage, as the force applied will be lost. Instead, always use a firm professional massage table.
  • When applying oil, remember a little dab will do. At first, use half the oil that you actually think that you may need.
  • Remember to use your hands, forearms, elbows, and body weight to help you deliver pressure during the massage. Don't just use your hands, as this is a sign of a novice.

Warnings on Using Professional Massage Techniques

  • Don't use too much oil. There is a tendency for novices to use too much, which will result in loss of friction.
  • Remember not to apply too much pressure, as different people have sometimes vastly different levels of tolerance. Make sure the person is always comfortable. This is especially true when using your elbows or full body weight.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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