If you are looking for a way to help a woman relax and enjoy your time together, knowing how to give a Swedish massage is sure to be a hit. Swedish massage is the most common type of massage given, and it is great for the non-professional giving a massage. Those wanting to create an intimate environment in which a woman can unwind and feel comfortable and confident should consider learning and giving Swedish massage. Learning how to give a Swedish massage is easy and fun.
To give a Swedish massage, you will need:
- A massage table or open space on the floor
- Blanket and/or sheets
- Lotion or oil
- Candles or incense
- Soft music
- Create a comfortable environment. The first step for learning how to give a Swedish massage is to create a place in which the recipient is comfortable. Since Swedish massage is typically given to a person who is wearing no clothing, be sure the room is slightly warmer than you would usually keep it. Since you will be moving around, you may want to remove your shirt in order to stay cool. You can enhance the ambiance in the room by lighting candles or burning incense and playing soft music.
- Choose an oil or lotion. As you learn how to give a Swedish massage, you will realize the strokes you use when touching the recipient are long and flowing. These soothing strokes, also known as effleurage, are accomplished by reducing the friction between skin surfaces. Choose a scented massage oil or lotion to enable you to move your hands across skin without problems. Other strokes used when you are learning how to give a Swedish massage are tapping, traction, vibration, stretching and kneading.
- Have your subject lie on their back and begin at the massage at the subject's head. Place your hands on their scalp for a few seconds. This gets them used to your touch. With your fingertips, massage their scalp, ears and face, paying special attention to their temples which are located about an inch from the outside corners of their eyes. You can also grab handfuls of hair and gently tug.
- Move the massage down to their neck and shoulders, increasing pressure from what you used with their head and face. Tension is often held in these areas, so spend the most time in this area. Kneading strokes are most effective in this area.
- Work your stroke down their arms, toward their hands, and then massage their palms and each finger. If she spends time writing or typing, or works with her hands in any way, pay special attention to the tension that has built up in this area.
- Next, work on their thighs, legs and feet. Most people can handle deep pressure on their legs, so increase the pressure of your strokes, but ask her if you are working too deeply. Do not forget the upper thigh area and the hips, but only work on the abdomen, ribs and chest if you are an experienced therapist. Pressure in this area can damage internal organs, so if your subject prefers, simply apply a light stroking touch to this area without using pressure.
- Finally, have your subject turn onto their stomach and massage their back and gluteus muscles. Again, deeper pressure is often required, but if your subject suffers from back pain, it is important to not overdo the pressure of the massage strokes. Tension in the upper back is a common problem, so spend extra time working in this area and extend your strokes up to her neck. When finished, place your hands gently on your subject's back and take a few deep breaths. This gives the massage a feeling of closure and eases the transition to no longer being touched.
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