|Warm up the shoulders by pressing and kneading them gently.
Warm up the neck by placing one hand on back of neck with fingers on one side, thumb on the other and make light circular movements. Work your way to top of neck of neck, spend a few seconds on occipital then work your way down the neck.
Alternate between neck and shoulders a few times to relax client.
Kneading the shoulders
|With fingers on one side and thumbs on the other side of shoulders begin to knead the shoulders more vigorously. Keep your wrists loose and mobile.
Use palms to knead into shoulders.
Press the shoulders and shake
|Use palms to press down into shoulders and then give them a shake.|
Loosen shoulder joint
|Come to the side of client and place hands on either side of shoulder. Use a circular motion, clockwise and then anti clockwise, to massage shoulders and top of arm. Repeat on the other side.|
Circular thumb kneading
|Use thumb circles around either side of top of spine|
|Thumb press either side of spine|
|Use one hand to roll over shoulders by using back of hand.|
|Knead the shoulders|
|Place one hand across front of shoulder for support and use the other hand rub around the scapula.
Then use circular movements with heel of the palm around scapula for deeper pressure. Repeat on the other side.
Thumb press scapula
|Thumb press down the scapula.|
Thumb press across shoulder blade
|Use thumb to press across shoulder along the SI meridian|
|Circular kneading up neck|
Work the occipital
|Fingers on one side and thumb on the other, circular knead top of neck|
|With fingers on one side and thumb on the other at top of neck, move wrist back and forth so that a deeper pressure is applied to occipital.|
Press and shake shoulders
|Press shake shoulders.|
Loosen shoulder joint
|Working on one side first, come to the side of client and place hands on either side of shoulder. Use a circular motion, clockwise and then anti clockwise, to massage shoulders and top of arm.|
Rub and shake down arm
|Palms on either side of arm, quickly rub and shake down the whole arm. Repeat a few times|
Press and knead top of arm
|Use a stool or side of chair to rest your foot on. Place top of client’s arm on you leg, letting bottom of arm hang off leg.
Begin to press and knead top of arm. Gently rotate arm to cover front, top and back of arm
Circular finger and thumb knead
|With thumb on one side and fingers on other side of top of arm make circular movements down the arm up to elbow.|
Press and knead bottom of arm
|Rest arm on pillows/cushion to work on bottom half of arm. Press and knead arm|
|Use both thumbs to circular knead down arm from crease to wrists.|
Alternate wringing down arm
|Place both hands either side of arm and squeeze down arm in opposite directions inwards and outwards|
|Use one thumb to circular thumb knead wrist, cover whole of wrist by doing 3-4 horizontal lines of thumb circles|
Thumb circles to tips of thumb and fingers
|Use thumb circles from wrist to tips of client’s thumb and fingers. Turn hand around and do the same on that side|
Press into palm
|Use your thumb and hand to press and knead into palm of hand. Turn hand over and repeat on other side.|
|With thumb and index finger on either side of client’s fingers and thumb, rub from base to tips. Cover the sides and top sand bottoms of fingers and thumb.|
|Press the tips of client fingers and thumbs and release, repeat a few times on each digit.|
Gently pull digits
|Gently pull on each digit|
|Interlock your hand with client’s and gently rotate their wrist|
Repeat on other arm
|Carry out steps 16 to 29 on other arm.|