One thing our new socially distanced way of living has done is make some clients rethink getting a massage, or still get a massage but space out the time in-between appointments longer. Do you know how to give a good massage? Giving an at-home massage is not that hard. Here are some tips to help you out.
First remember, Presentation MATTERS
You can create a five star ambiance for your partner right in your own home. It’s all about your presentation. Set up in a quiet and cozy space in your home or if you’re surrounded by nature take your massage outside. With the right lighting, scents, temperature and calming music you can create your own home zen den that has the ambiance of the Ritz :) Be creative and have fun with creating your home spa ambiance.
Pick the right massage oil or lotion
You will want something with a little glide but also not super greasy. Sweet almond oil is a great oil and you can purchase at any local health food store or amazon. Lavender is a great essential oil to blend into your body oil for relaxation.
Use firm pressure, but not hard
People get confused about pressure in two opposite ways. If your partner is smaller than you, you may have a tendency to use very light pressure. This is okay to a point (you probably won’t hurt anyone), but can be a little frustrating if your partner is tense or sore or, even worse, ticklish. On the other side are the people who come from the “no pain, no gain” school of massage. Don’t buy into this myth! Massage should be pleasant. If your partner has to tense their muscles and clench their jaw in order to get through, it’s not helping.
There are absolutely occasions where someone might want a fast-paced, vigorous massage. But unless your partner is getting warmed up for a race or break dancing competition, this is probably not one of them. Take your time.
Practice good body mechanics
If massage shouldn’t be painful for your partner, it also shouldn’t be painful for you. If you are hunched over, if your wrists are bent at an awkward angle, if you are using your thumbs or fingers in ways they weren’t designed to work, you will end up regretting the day you ever offered to give a massage. Use bigger muscles in place of small ones whenever you can: use your back to provide pressure instead of your arms, and your arms instead of your fingers. When you move to a new part of your partner’s body, adjust your entire position, not just your hand placement.
Really, you probably don’t need to talk to a massage therapist to learn that open communication between you and your partner is key to anything you undertake together. But it’s especially true in a situation like a massage, where one of you is more vulnerable than the other. As the massage giver, it’s important that you check in regularly: How does this feel? Would you like more or less pressure?
Learn from the pros
As with any skill, one of the best ways to learn to give a massage is by watching the people who are already great at it. Getting regular professional massage (hello again!) and taking a couples massage class are both helpful. YouTube is a fantastic source of tutorials for beginners. You can search for a style like Swedish Massage to get you started with some basic techniques.
If you can give a caring, relaxing massage without hurting your partner or yourself, you’re way ahead of the curve on this one. Taking the time to gift your partner your time, massage, and sharing a time with them with the full intention of making them feel better with massage is a wonderful way to spend quality time together. Nurturing the wellbeing of your partner's mind, body, and spirit is a beautiful gift.
PS: We're putting the final touches on our new Couples Massage room so if you would rather leave the massage work to us...we're always here for you!
We always like to think of ways to celebrate showing appreciation and love for all. One of our goals for 2021 was to find an organization that was personal to us and volunteer our time or donations.
We recently had a former employee, and a client of Bodyworks have premature babies. All are doing well, are healthy and making those gains! Their little ones both spent a good amount of time in the NICU at Sacred Heart Hospital. The love and strength these women and their spouses have shown is amazing. In celebration of LOVE, we would like to bring that with the items needed for patients in the NICU and parents.
For your donation, you will receive 15% off any massage or facial service with us here at Bodyworks. We know with your support we can lift up and help those spending time in the NICU.
Items needed for NICU
Rattles / Interactive Toys
Black and White Cards
Play Mats / Activity Mats
Non-Perishable, individually wrapped food for family lounge (ex: granola bars, trail mix, mac & cheese, etc)
All items must be brand new.
We will be accepting donations at our studio until March 6th.
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference!
Owner/Founder/Licensed Massage Therapist
I love so many things about Eminence Organic Skin Care, and not just the product. Since their inception in 1958, they have been using sustainable farming and green practices to create natural, organic and Biodynamic® products.
They are constantly looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. With the use of wind energy and solar power energy in the making of their products and plant a tree for every product sold. At Bodyworks we’re already responsible for 250 trees being planted! All Eminence product boxes are recyclable, made from Forest Stewardship Council certified material and printed with vegetable inks.
Eminence uses natural ingredient as well as their partners and farms produce natural, organic and Biodynamic® fruits and vegetables. All products are handmade without severe heating or hydrogenating processes that can affect the nutritional content and potency of natural ingredients. Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base, and seeds, pulps and peels impart regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce. Stone Crop (also known as sedum) is a popular household and outdoor plant which, in the past, was traditionally used by herbalists to heal and brighten the look of skin. Scientific studies also confirm that the plant is rich in antioxidants that reduce signs of aging skin. We use many products from the Stone Crop Eminence Collection for its healing, hydrating, and hyperpigmentation benefits.
This leads me to ask, what do you normally do with your product jars when they're empty? Toss it in the trash I imagine. Here’s a great way to use your empty Eminence product jars and add some cute decor to your home or office, and it’s also a green way of reusing your jars. You don’t need a “green thumb” to grow these!
GROW YOUR OWN STONE CROP PLANT IN AN EMINENCE JAR
Enjoy your new stone crop plant!
Owner/Founder/Licensed Massage Therapist
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is a very specific form of energy healing, in which hands are placed just off the body or lightly touching the body, as in “laying on of hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.
I know what some of you may be thinking…sounds like hocus pocus. Well I thought so too when I first got into massage therapy. I was all about the anatomy, and the functions of all the muscles. As a massage therapist and yoga teacher we always talk about the whole mind, body, spirit connection. Well, in the beginning I only had the body connection. It took many years to understand the entire connection with additional knowledge, and with personal experience.
My friend who I always looked at as a mystical massage guru was also a Reiki Therapist with the best sense of humor. She never said much about it until my curiosity got me when we did a continuing education course in Top Sail Beach, NC. We were partners for our hands on training and she laid that Reiki Energy on me…lol It was a warm feeling and I remember feeling at peace. I remember feeling very uneasy at this particularly training due to some deeper discussions regarding connections and after she had worked on me for a brief moment…It felt like she infused me with good vibes and an open mind. That’s the best way I can describe it.
Many, many, years later she told me that although at that time I had not yet made the whole mind, body, spirit connection she knew I would…and it has been a beautiful thing to watch me find it. I feel so much gratitude for someone like her helping my find my way to interconnecting the mind and spirit connection. Thank you RM. I truly believe finding the mind, body, spirit balance in my practice of bodywork has helped me grow as a massage therapist and has helped me perform the best bodywork for clients.
I believe Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.
What is a Reiki Healer?
Professional Reiki Healers must complete a series of courses, beginning with Reiki Level 1, often continuing through Reiki Level 2, then onto the Reiki Master Course and practicum. Some Reiki Healers choose to continue their education to become Reiki Master Teachers, where they can empower others with healing through Reiki. In the state of Florida it's required for a Reiki Therapist to have a current massage therapy Florida license in order to perform Reiki.
How is Reiki done?
You will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed unless you’re also receiving a massage with your session. The Reiki Therapist places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso. While the therapist holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the therapist hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing. When the therapist feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has decreased, they will remove their hands and may place them over a different area of the body. You shouldn’t feel any pressure or discomfort. During a session, some people get very relaxed and even fall asleep. You may feel gentle pulsing where the practitioner places their hands. Or you may not notice anything.
What are the benefits of Reiki Healing?
Reiki is not an alternative treatment for medical issues but an adjunctive therapy that can help support healing and increase a feeling of well being. We not only offer Reiki Energy Therapy but we thought incorporating the best of both worlds in a Reiki session would be the ultimate way to heal and zen out. We offer what we call Reiki-ssage It will improve the flow of energy around your body with a blend of intensely relaxing therapeutic massage infused with Reiki energy healing. This powerful vibrational energy technique can assist in producing deep relaxation and a general feeling of well-being. Reiki energy harmonizes extremely well with traditional massage making it an energetic bodywork experience promoting mind, emotional, body and spiritual healing.
If you've always been curious about Reiki, we invite you to come give it a try. You're guaranteed to leave feeling light and re-energized.
Owner/Founder/Licensed Massage Therapist