Massage Remedies for Everyone - Basic Knead by Michelle Ebbin
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Massage Remedies for Everyone

 

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Does anyone in your family complain of tight shoulders or a sore back?  My son, Jackson, plays baseball and skateboards for hours everyday, and by the end of the week he’s achy all over.  Here’s a really easy partner massage technique (actually, it’s Thai Massage) that you can do to ease tension in the shoulders and chest.  It also gives the back a nice, gentle massage at the same time. It’s safe, gentle, and very effective for both kids and adults!

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Have the achy person sit Indian-style in front you. Sit a few feet behind & place the soles of your feet on either side of the spine, at the middle of the back.  Reach forward and grab each other’s wrists.
  2. Slowly lean back (don’t pull with your arms, but rather allow your body weight to do the work), giving a nice stretch to the chest & shoulders. The stretching person can drop his/her head back to release the neck.
  3. As you lean back, alternate applying firm but gentle pressure with each foot.  For more pressure, use your heels as you move each foot slowly up and down the back.
  4. Remember to ask your partner how it feels and if the pressure should be lighter or heavier.

 

Tip: You may have to adjust how far back you sit depending on the length of your legs & arms.  I’ve used this technique on my kids who are more than a foot shorter than me, and on my husband who’s 6’3 1/2″.  It feels great, is easy to do, and takes just a few minutes.  Try it!

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