Massage Techniques : Give a Great Neck Massage

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A great neck massage must refrain from too much starting and stopping to apply pressure, because this can cut off the carotid artery. Find out which muscles usually get tight in the neck area with help from a massage therapist in this free video on neck massage techniques.

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Hi, I'm Gretchen Rivas with Relax! Massage Therapy in Wilmington, North Carolina, and today we're going to talk about how to give a great neck massage. What you'll need for this, is a table, some oil, a chair and some space. Now, one thing you want to be careful of, before you start working the neck is, be aware that the Carotid artery runs through the neck here. So, you don't want to do anything that's going to cut off the blood supply to your friend, it's not a good thing to do. So, when you start, you want to put, start with a little bit of oil. You don't want to use too much because people don't like a lot of oil and gunk in their hair. You can use a nice oil like almond oil or a fractionated coconut oil. But if you don't have any of that fancy massage stuff at home, just use a little olive oil or vegetable oil. They can always take a shower when they're done. So,what I do is, I take my hand and I kind of, hold their head with this side and turn it a little bit. And then, you have the neck open here to work on. And what I do is, you can take your thumb and work through here. And as long as you're kind of stroking through and not like, stopping and putting pressure, you can feel the pulse in there. When you feel that pulse, don't stop there and don't hold pressure because that's their Carotid artery. That's the blood supply to the brain, don't want to cut that off. So, get in here and work this back, neck here, there's the muscles through here called the Scalene, and these get really, really tight on people. So, it's nice to work back through here and then, also in here. All these attachments in the back of the neck, they're attached to the Occiput, here at the base of the skull, feel really good when you work in there. And then, the other one that gets really tight on people is the SCM, the Sternocleidomastoid muscles, is this front one that runs in here and attaches there. So, you can get in there and work on that, on somebody too. Because with all the forward motion that everyone does with the computers and everything, today, that often gets really tight. So, you want to work in there and work that area too. And just work this whole neck, do a little cross fiber friction, opposite way and work down through there, work down through that Sternocleidomastoid muscle or SCM. And again, back in here in the Occipital area. And of course, you've got to d the other side. And that's how you do a great neck massage.


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