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Massage Techniques

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tax season, the cold weather, back to school after spring break - whatever might have you stressing right now, a massage might bring you relief. But if you don't have time to schedule one with a therapist - don't worry.

You can do simple techniques yourself. Lori Tomasello, Manager at Elements Therapeutic Massage (http://elementsmassage.com/), came into our ABC7 studio to show us how.

Lori's Massage Techniques:

1. Tension Area: Hands/Forearms
Turn your hand palm up and notice all the padded areas (the outline of the palm of your hand). Take a pencil with eraser and start by applying pressure to the base of your thumb. Make little circles with the eraser in that area. Move around and hit all the pressure points near the thumb.

2. Tension Area: Shoulders/Neck
Reach across with your right hand, resting the palm on top of the left shoulder (with fingers on your back) and with the knuckle of your thumb pressing against neck muscles. Slowly rotate your head and neck, pressing neck muscles against thumb knuckle. Keeping hand in same place, press into your back muscle (between your shoulder blade and spine) with fingertips and rotate your left shoulder blade.

3. Tension Area: Head
Start by placing your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears, and use your fingertips to gently apply pressure and rub the temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear). Using very firm pressure and a tiny circular motion, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, massaging your entire forehead and scalp as you inch along.

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