When preparing a body for a massage, you should pay particular attention to four things:
- firm, supportive, and comfortable surface
- You will need room for yourself
- Relaxing atmosphere
- No clothing (or very little)
Any good massage requires you to apply a small amount of lubricant to keep your recipient’s skin from rubbing and kneading, so that the pressure can be applied to the muscles underneath the skin. You have roughly 4 options for lubrication:
- Vegetable oil
- Talcum powder
- Massage oil
Place a small amount of lubricant in your hands and gently rub it on your recipient’s back, shoulders, and lower neck.
- Starting with your hands resting on the shoulders, arch your hands so that only your fingertips are touching the body.
- Do not allow your fingernails to rake the body, unless your victim specifically requests it and you promise not to tell us about it. Just allow the fleshy parts of your fingertips to press deep into the muscles.
- Then – you guessed it – drag your fingertips slowly and smoothly down the body, raking the muscles in the shoulders, shoulder blades and back all the way down to the lower back.
- Remember not to put any pressure on the spine. Rake on either side of the spine, but not on it.
- This feels great on the back, but it also works just about anywhere else. The sides of the neck, the arms, the legs, the chest, and even the stomach (if your victim is not too ticklish) are great places to try this technique.
- Repeat until you think you’re about ready to quit massaging, because this is the second last move you will do, and the last real pressure you’ll apply.
From the moment you first touch your victim at the beginning of the massage, you should never stop touching him/her until the massage is finished. Even if you have to grab some more oil or re-light a candle, make sure that one hand, a knee, or even a foot is still in contact with the body.