5 Steps to the Perfect Massage

5 Steps to the Perfect Massage

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Ancient history has been a witness to countless civilisations embracing the human touch to heal and soothe themselves. The methodology of massage dates back to thousands of years – where its roots can be found in both the Eastern and Western parts of the world.

This tactic of natural therapy was discovered to alleviate physical pain, relieve one of stress, and prevent the possibility of different diseases.

You may be surprised to learn that massage therapy actually began its journey in the world as a medicinal practice. However, cultural derivatives shifted the narrative to it being an indulgent, disrespectable form of relaxation for hundreds of years.

Despite facing such challenges, the practice of massage therapy stood the test of time and has been resurrected as a healing, desirable process in modern society.

It is perceived as a bonding procedure within couples and helps them reconnect through physical intimacy and care.

Giving your partner a massage helps your patient feel rejuvenate. in fact, studies have been conducted on this subject and found out that massages aid in the regulation of blood pressure and improve one’s immune system.

Ready to massage your partner and help them relax after a stressful day at work but do not know how to get started? Well, don’t worry as you are in the right place! S

Here are 5 easy steps from Lanna Thai Massage Newcastle to help you get started:

  1. Ambience is everything

So, the first thing you must understand is that the atmosphere within which you will perform a massage on your partner is key to its success. In simple words, you have to set the mood and lighting. Dim the lights and switch on some candles. Why not go a step further and fire up some scented candles? Find out which fragrances tickle your partner’s senses and which one he favours.

Do a little bit of research and try to get your hands on such scented candles. Maybe the store down the street will have one. Light up some incense and switch on some relaxing, provocative music. Talk to patient in a low, soft voice and make sure the temperature of your bedroom (or wherever you are doing the massage) is just right. It should not be too hot nor too cold.

  1. Lather up on oil

If you are a bit of a clean freak like me, then do spread some sheets upon which your partner can lie upon as things are about to get oily! Sure, you could use some lotion or cream, but oil tends to remain on the skin longer and lets your hands glide over your partner’s body.

Again, if your partner has a personal favourite oil, try to utilise that. Otherwise, go for our recommendation: coconut oil. You can never go wrong with coconut oil and you can find it at any grocery store near your home. It has a lot of healing properties as it is awesome for the skin.

If it is something else you want, no worries, we got your back. Go for any of the following oils: apricot oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil or jojoba oil.

So many options, so many massages you can do! Spice things up every time you give your partner a massage by using a different kind of oil. After all, it keeps things interesting as variety is the spice of life, wouldn’t you agree?

  1. Concentrate on Specific Body Areas

Think about where your partner has the most physical tension such as knots that need tending to. For instance, if he (or she) is a corporate professional, chances are that he spends a lot of time at his desktop, hunched over as he works furiously on his laptop.

His back, neck and shoulders are where your hands need to do your magic. And do not forget the lower back! Instead of trying to go for a full body massage, try to concentrate your efforts on these body parts to maximise your partner’s relaxation.

To help you out, here are a few more tips:

Around the Shoulder area

Have your partner lie on his stomach. Then, take your hands and place them on his shoulders. Begin the massage by pressing downwards with the help of your thumbs and work your way around towards the bottom portion of his neck to the upper arms. Repeat this process for a few moments to help relieve any tension and knots.

Now, what happens if you get tired? Use your forearm to press on to his shoulder and rest your hand in the other direction.

Around the neck area

Here, you will begin at the bottom of the neck. Put your thumbs on one side with the rest of your four fingers at the other side. Start by squeezing the neck muscles and moving your way along up and down your partner’s neck. Utilise your thumbs to press down harder across the upper neck underneath the base of the skull. This will help alleviate any neck tension.

Evade Bones and Joints

To ensure your partner doesn’t suffer any injuries, focus your massage efforts around the bones and joints. Never put pressure on them directly and that includes your partner’s spine as well. Another thing you must watch out for is to go easy on the ribs and shoulder blades.

Go slow and sweet

The secret to the ultimate massage is to go slow and to take your time. If you truly want your patient to to relax, then do not rush.

Do not rub sensitive muscles to hard and try to go for long, loving strokes. If you massage your patient’s muscles too hard, it could cause further tension and that will effectively deconstruct your entire effort. Let your partner enjoy the experience and he will appreciate your efforts.

Also, do ask your patient if he likes a light kneading pressure or a strong one as everyone has different preferences and it tends to vary from person to person.

Treatment versus Letting Go: What You Need to Know

Treatment versus Letting Go: What You Need to Know

It is a reality of life that certain illnesses can really ravage the mind and the body. In an ideal world, everyone would be able to afford treatment or even not have to go through and illness. However, we all know too well that this is not how life is. Today, we wanted to discuss something that at one or several points in the journey with illness shall be considered: treatment versus letting go.

Treatment

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In the midst of treatment, you must remember that you will suffer through side effects that will feel worse than the illness itself. This is particularly true regarding chemotherapy and even subsequent surgeries. So you need to consider if this is something that you want to do personally rather than something that you are doing for the sake of your loved ones.

They may be in this fight with you but they are not the ones who will have to undergo treatment—there is a world of difference in that.

Letting Go

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Just because you can choose to let go does not automatically equate to giving up. This is something that we feel needs a bit more emphasis. When you choose to not pursue treatment, everyone around you needs to realize that this is a personal choice.

There are now a lot of other options for those that choose to not undergo any sort of treatment. For example:

Palliative Care

This refers to special medical care which can include, but is not limited to, pain relief. While palliative care can be done alongside treatment, they are not mutually exclusive. One can choose to have palliative care without having any treatment. If you choose not to undergo any treatment, palliative care teams can help link you to organizations that can help improve your journey with illness.

Hospice Care

Hospice care is the sort of care that focuses more on the quality of your life rather than its length. Hospices are for those that are in the latter phases of an incurable illness.

Before You Go

No matter what you decide, you must think everything through. Consider how this must affect your loved ones and how to best discuss the idea of either pursuing treatment or choosing to let go. Regardless of your choice, we hope that you are at peace with where you are presently.

If it came down to it would you choose to pursue with treatment or consider letting go?