This is a general description of the Sensual Technique.
Self Massage of the Hands and Feet
In today’s hectic lifestyles, a massage can be very soothing and relaxing to
relieve your tired bodies. If you prefer a deep massage, Ashiatsu is for you.
Ashi means foot and atsu means pressure. The person giving you a massage,
uses his/her feet to apply pressure on your back. It is not as popular as the
other kinds of massage, but is gradually gaining popularity.
If you like someone walk on your back, and give you a massage, then lie back
and enjoy this massage. It is a deep tissue massage, that doesn’t hurt when you
are getting the knots out. But you should not go for it if you suffer from
heart disease, high blood pressure or underwent any recent surgery (including
eye surgery). Women who have had breast implants, or pregnant and new moms
should not go for it. And it should not be done during menstruation.
The person giving massage softens his/her hands with lots of oil, so that you
don’t feel that there’s someone walking on you. You just feel someone gliding
their hands on your back. The pressure is applied depending on your body’s
reaction and how much pressure you can take.
The spinal nerves are relaxed and tension is removed. When done with the
right amount of pressure, it relaxes your tired and wearied back.
Self massages would help in saving time and money.Self massages would also
help exercising various body parts. Here a few methods of self massaging.
It may seem surprising that people carry a lot of tension around in their
hands. But it’s actually quite obvious when you think about how much you use
your hands. Most of our movements are holding, clutching actions, so it is very
relaxing to counteract these movements by opening the palm and your fingers.
How to massage your hands?
1. Stroke the back of your hand, pushing firmly up toward the wrist and
gliding back gently. Then squeeze the hand all over, pressing it between your
palm and your fingers.
2. Squeeze each finger all over and make circular pressures over the joints
with your thumb. Then hold the finger at its base and pull it gently to stretch
it, sliding your grip up the finger and off the tip.
3. Stroke between the tendons on the back of the hand with your thumb. Stroke
in the furrow to the wrists doing four strokes in each furrow.
4. Turn your hand over and support the back with your fingers. Do firm
circular and static pressures with your thumb, working all over the palm and
around the wrist.
5. Finish the massage by stroking the palm of your hand from the fingers to
the wrist. Push into it with the heel of your other hand, then glide gently back
and repeat. If you end your massage with your hands, this is a good time to
apply a hand lotion to them.
How to massage your legs?
Leg massage can relieve aching after standing too long & help tired muscles
recover after exercise. It stimulates the lymph system and regular thigh massage
is believed by many to improve the appearance of thighs by smoothing them out &
preventing cellulite. Do the whole sequence on one leg first, then the other
1. First, mold your hands to the shape of your leg, rest your foot flat and
bend your knee up. Start by stroking your whole leg from ankle to thigh with one
hand on each side of the leg. Begin at the foot and stroke smoothly up the calf,
over the knee and up to the top of the thigh. Repeat five times.
2. Knead the whole thigh, paying attention to the front and outside. With
alternate hands, rhythmically squeeze and release the flesh. This regular
kneading can really improve the shape & texture of the thighs.
3. After that step, smooth your thigh by stroking it. Stroke up the thigh
from the knee with one hand following the other.
4. Pummel the front and outside of your thighs with loosely clenched fists.
This bouncy movement brings blood to the surface and relieves stiffness after
sitting down for too long.
5. Massage all around your knee, stroke the area gently, then apply circular
pressures with your fingertips around the kneecap. Finish by stroking softly
behind your knee up toward your body.
6. Knead your calf muscles with both hands, alternating squeezing the muscle
away from the bone & then releasing it. Then gently soothe the area by gently
stroking, one hand following the other up the back of the leg
Self Massage of the Head and Face
Self-massages not only save time but also helps in exercising
one’s body in particular hands and fingers. To temporarily improve your mental
clarity and concentration, and to reduce tension or anxiety, try massaging your
head and face.
1.Placing one index finger directly over the other, begin pressing and
releasing, “walking” rhythmically from the hairline down the center of the
forehead. Then, moving about one inch horizontally to the right of the
centerline, press and release from the hairline downward. Move your fingers one
inch to the left of the centerline, and repeat.
2. Beginning with your thumbs or index fingers at the center of your
forehead, “draw” a line from the midline to the temples. Smooth the skin across
the eyebrows, the center horizontal line of the forehead, and across the
3. Make small circles on each temple with your index fingers.
4. With your hands, make a “claw.” Make small circles into your scalp, slowly
covering your entire scalp, lingering wherever it feels tight.
5. Using alternate index fingers, stroke down the bridge of the nose from the
top to the tip.
6. With your thumbs or index fingers, gently stroke from the inner corner of
the eye across the cheekbones to the ears. Repeat in horizontal strips as you
work down the face.
7. Make circles into the well-developed muscles of the jaw. Linger on areas
that are sore or tight.
Giving a Good Back Massage
Our lives are so stressed and
busy, that we hardly find time for massages and relaxation. But we should
understand the importance of a relaxing massage to soothe our tired and wearied
souls. Even a simple shoulder rub or a massage of the upper and lower back, can
do wonders for your body. A back massage frees you of stress and relieves your
body of fatigue and tension.
There are several benefits of
massage including relaxation, stress reduction, pain reduction, improved blood
circulation, improved lymphatic drainage to release the toxins and emotional
Here are a few
techniques that you can use to massage anybody in the comfort of your own home.
Setting the mood:
Before giving a massage, let
the person take a hot bath or shower. This will help initiate the relaxation
process. Light some aroma candles and play some soothing music to set the mood.
1: Lie the person face down
on a flat, comfortable surface, such as a floor mat or firm bed.
2: Stand by his/her side, and place one hand on the lower back and one hand
between the shoulder blades, over the heart.
3: Apply thumb pressure on both sides of the spine simultaneaously and warm up
the back. First start at the lower back and knead with your thumbs up gently to
the neck area.
4: Apply massage oil with a smooth, delicate stroke. With one long stroke, slide
your palms on either side of the spine going downwards to the pelvis.
5: Continue gliding your hands on other parts of the back and then on both sides
of the neck to the base of the head.
6: Massage the lower back area and move up slowly to the shoulders. Place the
first and index fingers of each hand on either side of the spine. Make rhythmic,
overlapping movements with the fingers all the way down the back.
7: Apply pressure as if you are kneading, on the muscular areas at the top of
the shoulders and the mid-back area.
8: Using your fingers, apply pressure on areas that feel tight or hard, called
9: Perform circular massage strokes, clockwise and anti-clockwise with your
fingertips on the muscles close to the spine and around the shoulder blades.
10: Then gently rotate the arms, one at a time, for proper blood flow.
Massage Tips &
- Avoid working directly
on the spine. When massaging near the spine, use extremely gentle strokes
without any pressure. Massage on either side of the spine instead.
- When massaging, use slow
movements for a soothing and calming effect, and fast movements for a
- Do not massage on broken
skin, blisters or open areas, where there is a possibility of infection.
- Make massage a relaxing
experience, and do not hurry things.