Swedish Massage for the Spine

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Giving a Swedish massage for the spinal area definitely requires a certain kind of technique. Discover this method with tips from a professional massage therapist in this free video on Swedish massage spine techniques.

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Hi, I'm Gretchen Rivas with Relax! Massage Therapy, and today we're going to talk about Swedish massage for the spine. For this, you will need oil, a massage table and work space. Whenever you're working on the back in the spinal area, one of the things you want to remember is not to work directly on the bony prominences. We're going to put a little bit of oil on the back first and then just glide over. Remember, you want to use just enough oil to give yourself a nice glide, not so much that you're slipping all over the place. When you're working along the spine, one thing that feels really nice is when you run two fingers along the spine on each side and not on the bone, on along each side of the bony part of the spine. Going down and then working that sacrum area, down through there. Another thing you can do, use some cross fiber friction with your thumbs along the erectors here. That helps kind of break things up and loosen up any adhesions that you might have going on in that area. Always go through here. It's always nice to go, I always do a little bit of elbow along the spine too, slow and careful. A lot of people have a lot of build up through that area. Again, some more finger, stroking down along each side. You can get in there and really getting along the line and the grove of the spine with your fingertips. That helps break up adhesions and loosen things up. Do that on either side of the spine. And of course, after you've done all your specific work, you always want to stroke and do some nice effleurage and soothing strokes to finish your spinal work. And that's how you do Swedish massage for the spine.

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