Massage is one of the oldest and most pleasurable relaxation techniques, and is now enjoying new heights of popularity in the West. By helping to increase circulation, dispel toxins, banish muscular tension and relieve stress, massage plays an essential `role in the holistic approach to health and well-being.
Easy to follow step-by-step instructions and photo sequences explain the full repertoire of massage strokes and techniques, creating an accessible introduction to the language of the senses. Drawing upon Karen Smith's extensive practical experience as masseuse, aromatherapist and reflexologist, each chapter covers a different theme: learn how to use essential oils to rebalance emotional tension and create the right ambience; embark upon a voyage of discovery around the body;, explore ways to conquer stress and alleviate mental tiredness; enjoy the sensual pleasures of water therapy; and understand the influence of the "sensual; calendar" on your emotional and physical well-being.
Packed with inspirational advice on both the practicalities of fragrant massage, and all aspects of setting, mood and mental relaxation, Massage invites you to share in the subtlest and most natural realm of sensual relaxation and enjoyment.
The Back p.23
The back is an extremely vulnerable area of the body, consisting of 12 major muscle groups and many other underlying ones that assist everyday movements such as bending, sitting down, getting up, walking, lifting, driving and exercising.
It is no that back pain accounts for more lost working days than any other complaint. Bad posture is a major cause of back problems. Slouching over a desk, sitting incorrectly in front of a computer, carrying and lifting heavy objects, can all contribute to muscular tension and back discomfort. For this reason the back responds wonderfully to massage.
All over the head there are reflexology points, which when stimulated can energise the whole body. By massaging the head and scalp you will be able to loosen the thin layer of muscles covering the skull. Massaging this area helps to increase the constant supply of blood needed by the brain, and can promote deep relaxation. Scalp massage has the additional benefit of increasing the supply of blood to the hair follicles and is something you can easily do for yourself.
Giving yourself a face massage can improve your appearance because it increases circulation to the skin and generally freshens its appearance. A face massage can also ease headaches, relieve anxiety and eye strain, and reduce facial tension. Simply hook the pads of your thumbs under the inner edge of your eyebrows and apply pressure for about ten seconds. Repeat this five times in all. This is particularly good for sinus problems and headaches.