- Cover any parts of the body not being worked on with a warm towel.
- Pour the massage oil onto your hands first, and then apply (too cold otherwise!) Once the massage is started, keep a hand on the person at all times, so that there are no surprises.
- Avoid direct pressure on bony processes.
- (Important!) - Ask the patient for feedback: Are you warm enough? Are you comfortable? How's that feel?
- Minimal direct pressure on bony processes.
- Avoid broken skin, blisters or areas of possible infection.
- See also Back Pain Red Flags
- Relaxation, releasing of tight muscles.
- Emotional comfort and
- Increased body awareness.
- Improved circulation, and improved lymphatic drainage for release of toxins.
Lie the partner on their belly on a firm, comfortable surface (see diagrams below). Make sure you can reach their whole back without straining your own.
Back Massage Technique, Tip 1:
Whole Hand Effleurage
Warm the massage oil in your hands, and apply a modest amount (see tips, above ) with whole hand "effleurage" (definition - smooth rhythmic stroking): Use the whole surface of both hands (see diagram). Stroke reasonably firmly upwards from the lower back all the way up to the neck, then (gentler pressure), circle around and back to the lower back region (5 to 10 minutes).