Swedish Massage For Yourself
So, how can you help yourself receive these benefits? It is completely possible to provide yourself Swedish massage techniques on various parts of your body depending upon your personal flexibility level.
With Swedish massage, lotion or oil is optional since you are not working into deeper tissues.
Whenever people scoff at my ability to provide 2 hour and longer massages, I just reassure them that it all comes down to body mechanics. This is the same if you are providing massage for yourself or for someone else.
Key Points of Body Mechanics:
- Make your hand into a tool. To do this, use your other hand to reinforce your work. For example, if you are using your thumb along an area, take your other hand and use the palm to brace your thumb to protect your joints.
- Do not continuously use your hands to squeeze muscles. Therapists who have made a career out of massage will tell you that their hands would die or fall off if they spent the whole massage squeezing muscles.
- Use your body weight to apply pressure. The more you lean into your work, the more pressure you can provide.
- Try to remain even whether you are standing or sitting.
- Effleurage: This type of technique provides yourself with light, brushing strokes. Think like when you are petting a furbaby.
- Petrisage: This technique involves a kneading motion. Similar to when you are working dough.
- Tapotement: If you enjoy playing bongos, then tapotement is up your alley. Tapotement derives its name from the repeated tapping motions, whether with fingertips, a cupped hand, or the blade of your hand. When done for less than 2 minutes, it can help to wake you up. If you go past 2 minutes, it tends to be more relaxing.
Hopefully this gives you some groundwork to start providing yourself with some Swedish massage either at home, or during breaks on the go!
The advice given in these articles is not meant to diagnose. Please always consult with a health care provider before performing any of the techniques described upon yourself.