Swedish Massage for the Gluteal Muscles

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Giving a Swedish massage for the gluteal muscles requires a certain kind of technique. Discover this method with tips from a professional massage therapist in this free video on Swedish massage gluteal msucle techniques.

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Hi, I'm Gretchen Rivas with Relax! Massage Therapy, and today we're going to talk about massage for the gluteal muscles. For this, you will need a massage table and a work space. In this particular clip, we are just going to work through the sheet because oftentimes that is how most clients are more comfortable. Some people are more comfortable with, you know, taking off their underwear or showing their rear end. So, I just want to show you that you can do this through a sheet and have, still have very effective work. If you're comfortable with it, it's really nice to be able to drape them properly and get to the muscle fibers a little bit more deeply with some deeper work, if they're willing to get undressed all the way. But that, you kind of, you kind of have to leave that up to the client. Whenever you're working on the gluteal muscles though, you want to check in, check in and about you know, where the sacrum area and get in here and work around the sacral attachments. This is, you know, bone at the end of the spine here, it's the sacrum and then a lot of times, if people are having low back pain and issues going on, it's not just in the low back, it's around the sacrum and in the gluts. So, you want to check in that area through there. Now, another that's often very tender and cause a lot of sciatic pain that shoots down the leg is the piriformis muscle and that's a deep inner glut muscle that's deep in underneath the gluteus maximus and it's right usually between the trochanter which is the hip bone and your sacrum. You can bring your two thumbs in and that's usually approximately right where it is. You can go in there and check with, "Pete, was that tender enough, you're okay with that?" He doesn't have a problem with it; but, anybody who sits a lot, works on a computer, drives a lot; anyone who do that type of thing can often have problem with the piriformis. So, sink in there gently and work on that; if it's tender, line up a little bit and then go deeper as it releases. And then, the other thing that you want to do is just work the entire area 'cause the gluteus maximus is one of the largest muscles in the body and they also have glut minimus and medius up in the upper part of the, the gluteal area. And then, you also want to check in where the hamstrings attach and here also 'cause tighten hamstrings at this gluteal area here can cause little back issues also. So, just work that whole area of the gluteal muscles, checking on the piriformis, the sacral attachments and all that area through there and that can give some people quite a bit of relief. And that's how you do gluteal massage.

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