Aromatherapy Massage 2

Author: Dr. Larita
February 5, 2013

Effleurage

Effleurage

Aromatherapy massage is even more useful if you use certain massage techniques. The strokes I will discuss today are easy to master and can be used anywhere on the body from the feet and legs to the shoulders, neck and back. Using the strokes quickly makes them invigorating and a slower pace makes them more relaxing.

  1. Effleurage is a French word for stroking. Using your entire palms, apply long, flowing movements along the body. For instance, you can apply pressure from the lower back to the shoulders and then ease your hands back down again. This stroke can be used at the beginning of  the massage session to warm the skin, ease the muscles and help the mind and body relax into the massage.
  2. Knuckling is a little more stimulating than effleurage. Loosely clench your fists and press gently with your knuckles over fleshy areas like the outside of the thighs and tops of the shoulders. Knuckling improves blood supply, eases tension and makes the muscles feel invigorated and refreshed.
  3. Kneading is a double handed stroke that is much like kneading dough to make bread, hence the name. It is best used on the side of the abdomen, the sides of the back and over the shoulders. Pick up the skin between the thumb and forefingers of one hand then the other in a rhythmic fashion. Kneading helps work the tension out of muscles. Below is a synergistic massage blend you can mix with 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil or your favorite carrier oil.

Synertistic Blend 

  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of marjoram
  • 10 drops of sage
 


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