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Page 8 - Back stretch

Introductory massage certificate course

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This is a nice finishing stretch and the beginning of more creative movement which can be done before or after your stand above the head and work into and around the shoulders, and down the body.

An introduction to using your forearms and elbows.

You may find that your hands get tired or if you are treating a big person, you simply cannot apply enough pressure to satisfy them, therefore using your forearms and elbows can make your task easier though it is also very easy to apply too much pressure and cause hurt.

  1. Ensure you stand comfortably with a straight back and maintain your balance to control how much pressure or ‘lean’ that you apply.
  2. Begin with your forearms together
  3. Lay them across the middle of the back with your palms up;
  4. Rotate your forearms from the elbows and you will feel the stretch beginning in the skin
  5. Maintain this stretch as you slide you arms apart.
  6. Repeat several times and angle your strokes over the hips and shoulders,  and repeat from the other side.

Remember its important not to press hard over the kidneys and that using your elbows allows you put in some very strong deep pressure and you need to communicate with the person to know how to gage the pressure and once you have mastered the basics of this, you can flow into a more creative stretch as linked below.

Ensure you stand comfortably with a straight back and maintain your balance to control how much pressure or 'lean' that you apply.


Remember here, begin with your forearms together and rotate them as you slide away.

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  1. Lay your forearms across the middle of the back palms upward as illustrated right.
  2. Rotate your arms until you feel the skin beginning to stretch then
  3. Slide your arms apart, firm over the hips - softer as you approach the neck
  4. Repeat on the diagonals angling your strokes over the hips and shoulders, repeat from the other side and make some creative strokes exploring how you can use your arms to massage into the muscles from different angles while avoiding pressing onto the bones.

Its important not to press hard, especially over the kidneys and using your elbows allows you put down some very strong deep pressure so you must communicate with the person and learn how to gage the pressure.

 

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