Massages are not only limited to full-body treatments at a spa, in fact, you can give someone a good, simple massage in a chair. Massages loosen up the muscles and help alleviate painful knots. It can also help the person feel rejuvenated and relaxed. Here are some simple steps for a good, chair massage that anyone can follow, with or without reflexology experience.
How to Give a Good Chair Massage
Focus on the areas you can massage. When someone is sitting in a chair, it is next to impossible to give him or her a massage on the lower back. The limited area that you can work with is not a hindrance, it actually lets you give more focus on areas that can be neglected in a full body massage. Massaging a seated person can give you more access to the clavicle area, the deltoid and the nape. Thinking of ares to focus makes massaging easier.
Use oil. It is easier not only for the masseuse but also for the one receiving the massage when oil is used. It lubricates and hydrates the body, allowing the masseuse to glide over the skin with ease and less pain.
Knead the nape, the base of the neck and shoulders. These areas need a good amount of gentleness and pressure because this is where a lot of knots tend to occur. Caress in varying amounts of pressure as this area tends to be sensitive and strong pressure may startle the person being massaged or create pain. The thumb can create a good amount of pressure that you can control, so when going through the length of the neck, use your thumb to add more pressure, while using the fingers create less pressure which is a good balancing contrast.
For the upper back up to the shoulder blades, use the heel of your palm to apply pressure in a circular motion. The back has large muscle groups which makes it easier to do circular motions with the palms. Press on these muscles and gentle pounding of fisted arms on the back area also loosens up the muscles.
Stretching is a great way to massage the limbs. Starting from the shoulders, run your hands around the arm and pull it gently, repeating from the shoulders when you reach the fingers. Take the arm and stretch it toward you and make gentle wringing motions. Don't forget the hands and fingers. Holding the wrist of the person, gentle rotate the hands clockwise and repeat counter-clockwise. Do this on both hands. Stretch the fingers one by one and close and open the person's hands to stimulate the hand muscles and improve circulation.