Relaxation Massage: Massage Techniques: How To Massage: This type of Massage is chosen for relieving nervous tension. It comprises effleurage strokes, applied rhythmically with even pressure, and an even rate of movements, to accomplish a general release of mental and physical tensions. Maximum benefit is gained when the massage follows some form of heat therapy, such as a sauna or steam bath or a session under a heat lamp. This relaxes contracted muscles in preparation for the manual application. A restful warm atmosphere relaxes muscles.
There is a growing demand for this form of massage, mainly because of the increasing stresses of daily life. The routine follows a pattern of effleurage stroking movements followed by Petrissage compression applied slowly and rhythmically. These deeper movements are linked and concluded by superficial effleurage on each section of the body before proceeding to the next body area.
Each part of the body should be kept warm during the treatment and wrapped snugly to retain the warmth after massage in the area that has been completed. The massage may commence on the back area, if this is an area of special tension, so relieving the contracted nature of the muscle fibres in that area first, and thus allowing yourself to benefit more fully from the above routine. The total period of time for this massage is 45 minutes to an hour.