You apply pressure to another person's muscles with your hands, arms, and body weight.Make sure the person is relaxed.You can use deep tissue massage on the back, arms, and legs, but be sure to follow a few rules for safety first.
Step 1: Take care of the person.
Most people won't feel comfortable if they are completely exposed for a deep tissue massage.To help the person feel more at ease, you need to cover the areas you're not working on at the moment.The person will usually face down on the table.
Step 2: Rub the massage oil on your body.
Put a small amount of oil on your hands.You don't need a lot of oil for massage.Spread the oil by using broad strokes across the person's back.The heat from the strokes will help melt the oil.Check in with the person to see if they have any allergies.
Step 3: Use some gliding.
Run your hands over the person's skin.You don't want to start working on deep tissue because it will make the person tense up.Light gliding helps get the person warmed up so that you can move on to deeper tissue.You'll use your whole hand to massage the area where you're doing the deep tissue massage.Light pressure will be applied so that your hands are felt.
Step 4: You should massage with your fingers.
The fingers should be used together with your whole hand.You're more likely to pinch the muscle if you spread your fingers apart.Pretend you're sculpting clay, gliding your hands over the person or moving on to deep tissue.
Step 5: You can use the palm of your hand.
The muscles start to warm up as you move through the first gentle strokes.The palm of your hand and your body weight can be used to add pressure to the strokes.The muscles that run beside the spine are moved by your hand.Pressure can be applied in slow, even strokes.Don't put pressure on the spine.
Step 6: You can massage with your fingertips.
Start using your fingertips once the muscles have warmed up a bit.You can use a small sideways stroke or a light rocking motion to keep your fingertips together.From the bottom of the back, move your hands up to the shoulder.
Step 7: To apply pressure on the back, use your forearm.
The forearm should be placed on the inner part of the back.Run your forearm on the outside of the spine as you apply pressure with your body weight.The forearm should move down the back in a fluid motion.
Step 8: Along the bottom of the back, go sideways.
As you reach the bottom of the back, turn your arm to the side.Take the arm up the back along the outer edge.As you finish up, move your arm down the shoulder towards the chest with your hand.
Step 9: Put pressure on the leg with your forearm.
If you want to add pressure to your strokes, start above the ankle on the back of the leg.Put your body weight on your forearm and make sure it's across the leg.Rest your arm under the glutes as you move up the back of the calf and thigh.In a fluid motion, sweep your arm around the hip.
Step 10: Use your thumbs to apply pressure to the calf.
Place your hands on either side of the calf, one behind the other.While applying pressure, keep your thumbs in the middle of the calf.There is a single muscle along the back of the calf, but it has two heads.There is a grooves in the middle of it for your thumbs to follow.You can use your hands.
Step 11: Press up the upper arm.
Start at the elbow with the person on their back and move up the arm to the shoulder with your hand.Use your body weight to apply pressure.The knuckle on the arm can be used to apply pressure.Small circular motions can be used.
Step 12: Run your fingers up and down.
With your thumb on one side and the rest of your fingers on the other side of the forearm, apply pressure on both sides.The arm should be moved towards the elbow.Both thumbs can be used on the top of the forearm.Don't have your thumbs next to each other.Run them up the middle of the forearm.
Step 13: Use your thumbs to massage the hand.
There are two thumbs on the inside of the wrist.Slowly move them together over the wrist and along the lifelines in the hand.The area around the base of the thumb is a muscled area.
Step 14: Don't hit the spine.
You need to be careful when using deep tissue massage on the back.If you hit the spine, you need to avoid massaging that area too much.
Step 15: Other vulnerable areas should be avoided.
If you're massaging the whole body, avoid the front of the neck, abdomen, and upper arm.It's best to avoid these areas because they are more vulnerable to damage.
Step 16: Discuss the person's health before you start.
If a person has certain health conditions, deep tissue massage can cause problems.Problems with massages could be caused by bleeding disorders, osteoporosis, and deep vein thrombosis.
Step 17: Go towards the heart.
Applying pressure as you move towards the heart is the best way to work on the limbs in a deep massage.Instead of using massage techniques on the leg, you should go up it.Applying pressure to the heart helps keep the blood flowing.A deep tissue massage can lower blood pressure.
Step 18: Pay attention to the person's reaction.
A deep tissue massage should be relaxing.If you notice the person is clenching their muscles or curling their toes, it's too much.It needs to be adjusted to make it softer.If it feels okay, you can check in with the person.