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Excerpts — Sports Massage

Components of a Massage Stroke

When first learning how to apply massage strokes, you will need to consider the following technical components of massage. These will help you develop effective application methods before you start.

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Neck Massage Technique 1

This is an excerpt from Sports Massage by Susan Findlay. Establishing your posture first is the key to this technique. Place one leg behind in a comfortable long stance; this will allow you to move slightly backwards when performing the stroke. Your shoulders should be away from your ears, your arms should be straight and your palms up. Place one hand under the client's head, while the other starts the stroke at the base of the neck near the shoulders. With palms facing up, smoothly bring the hand farther from you towards the base of the skull. The other hand...

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Thigh Massage Technique 2

This is an excerpt from Sports Massage by Susan Findlay. Facing towards your client, place her foot on your shoulder with her knee bent at 90 degrees. To steady the limb, place one hand on the anterior lower portion of the thigh (not on the knee) and pull it towards your shoulder using enough strength to control the movement of the limb. Use the other hand to apply strokes to the posterior portion of the client's thigh, using your fist, the heel of your hand or your forearm. Tip: It is very important that you maintain an upright posture, keeping...

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