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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!