Chair Massage Techniques - How to Massage Effectively Part 1
Chair Massage expert, Eric Brown, has developed 8 guidelines for efficient use of your body that he suggests you employ to reduce the wear and tear on your joints. This is the first part of a four part series:
Principle 1: Keep your back in a straight line
The torso should be kept in a neutral position. The curves of the back should not be exaggerated or minimized. By preserving this posture, there is minimum strain to the intervetebral discs or the ligaments that support your spine. Because we frequently have sedentary lifestyles, we tend to lack the strength and body awareness needed to stabilize the spine in this posture.
For this reason you need to be particularly conscious of keeping the trunk in this alignment. This stabilization is critically crucial and permits you to transfer your weight effectively into the client's body.
You really want to lunge when performing most of the massage techniques. If your spine is straight in a lunge position, you will note that you are looking downward at the floor. This is an unusual position. We elicit an orienting reflex that causes us to align our gaze to the horizon. So your habitual tendency will be to lift your gaze and bend your torso in a very upright position to see straight ahead. This pulls your spine out of an aligned position and causes hyperlordosis (excessive curving) in the lumbar spine. This makes it a great deal more strenuous to stabilize the lumbar spine and creates unneeded strain to the spinal joints. google_ad_channel = "7940249670, " + AB_cat_channel + AB_unit_channel; google_language = "en"; google_ad_region = 'test';