Classical massage employs main techniques such as stroking, rubbing, squeezing, kneading and vibration. There are various options for execution, more than 3 thousand. I try to make my own variations, so that they are unique, and the person being massaged has an unforgettable and pleasant experience. While performing a general classical massage, my goal is to relax the client as much as possible so that the procedure can be called "classics" by me. I apply the Russian massage system, which differs from other systems (Swedish, Finnish, Eastern) by the prevalence of mashing techniques, which makes possible to massage muscles and joints better. Consequently, the effects on the internal organs and systems of the human body is more significant.
The general classical massage begins with back work (20 minutes). Secondly, hands (5 minutes for each), first the upper part, then the wrists. Thirdly, legs (for 10 minutes), massaged from the thighs, then the lower leg and feet. This sequence aims to work out large groups of muscles for better blood and lymph circulation. Manipulations are carried out from the bottom to top (for example: I begin to massage the hip from the knee joint upwards, working the buttocks; then shin — from the ankle up, working the knee joint). At the end, I massage the stomach, chest (5-7 minutes), and head (5 minutes). The total duration is 1 hour.
General massage has beneficial effects on the whole body, since the whole body is being worked out, from the top of the head to the toes on the legs. Thus, increases the muscle tone, the joint and ligament apparatus, activates the formation of synovial fluid, improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which promotes active supply of organs with nutrients, as well as faster release of decay products from the body.
When a person has an increased blood pressure, the movements with a back massage are basically conducted from the top to the bottom, so that the pressure does not increase.
Special attention is given to back, feet and head massaging. These parts of the body are of upmost importance for the effect of massage in general. Here, in my opinion, the masseur can show his style, his range of techniques and manipulations. In brief, I will tell you why.
While massaging back, we primarily work on the spine, as each segment of the spinal column is associated with certain internal organs. It is also important massaging the area of the scapula, the latissimus and trapezius muscle. Back is a body area where the person can determine the professional level of the massage therapist, so it is very important to start a massage with a high level of concentration. I pour oil on my arm, while slowly, evenly stroking back area (some pour oil on body parts, then rub it, I think it's a minus).
Stroking should be pleasant, calm, gentle, so that the massaged person can relax from the first second, and completely trust our hands. I use 3-4 kinds of stroking.
Concerning squeezing, I also have 4 options, two of them being on the left side of the massaged person, the other two — in front of the head. When crossing the legs, the right hand does not detach from the body, so as not to lose contact and the already achieved relaxation effect. In my sessions, this rule applies to all the tricks and transitions from one side to the other, to the upper or lower part of the client's body (the only exception is when applying oil to a new area of the body). Recently, I do not apply rubbing technique in the hot season, since I believe that these manipulations have more benefits in the cold season. This is my observation resulting from people reactions.
My favorite method is kneading, composed of 4-5 variants. Performing them, I try to imagine a little, be creative, "write" my picture, while listening to slow and relaxing music.
While kneading, it is important massage the lumbosacral spine and trapezium, not to press on the vertebrae, with a minimal effort to work out the kidney area. At the end of one variant, slow stroking is conducted on the back, providing variety and relaxation to the person. Then, I proceed to the next version. The pace of movement is average, and the strength of manipulation depends on the particular physique, the special characteristics of the person, and on his/her desire. Do not be shy to ask a person about the power of our kneading, often a very useful hint like — here you can be stronger, there weaker. It is also important learn to feel the client's reaction to the strength of our movements. This is essential for the masseur, then we can live, breathe massage and make wonders, so you get your own "classic" massage.
In massage, elements of kneading are of great importance, even there is an opinion: "who will learn how to properly perform them, then will learn how to perform a classical massage". I can't agree with such a categorical statement, but certainly, there is some truth. Analyzing all the elements comprised in the classical massage, we can say that kneading — 60-70% of the total massage. It is important to vary the methods of kneading between each other, combining with stroking elements during the session. Besides, in order to perform a good classical massage, in addition to mastering the technique of all the methods, is important to have the desire to fulfill it, the presence of internal energy and potential to learn to feel the body of a child, a woman or a man of different ages, and much more, but about this, you will find out at the end of this article.