Effective Swedish Massage of the Back
Most depictions of massage in the movies and in advertisements show people receiving a back massage. It is one of the emotionally safest areas to touch and the hardest area for us to reach on ourselves.
Receiving a great back massage can be on of the most relaxing experiences two people can share. From infancy it seems we respond to having our backs rubbed. The techniques shared on this video go well beyond a simple back rub. GIven the work performed by the muscles in the back and their constant fight against gravity, kneading out the knots and stretching tight, ropey muscles improve posture, breathing, digestion and emotional stress. Maintaining flexibility and movement in our spine will keep us feeling young longer. The natural shock absorbency designed into the spinal curves can be compromised over time due to the work load and physical stresses our backs are exposed to during our lifetime.
For those who can not lay on their stomachs to receive massage, this video shows techniques with your partner laying on their side.
Skeletal anatomy of the back and spine.
Muscular anatomy of the back
Trigger point pain patterns of select back muscles