Chair Massage: Neck Massage Techniques

So I always like to start just with the
basic kind of rub down to the neck to figure out where all the tension is. A
lot of people that are sitting at desks all day—which are the people ninety
percent of people that we work on— they’re going to have tension in their
traps. They’re going to have tension in their levators which are right here, and
they’re also going to have tension in the in the clavicle muscles and up in
the mastoid which is the jaw muscle. So that’s why I like to have people sitting
up rather than leaning forward to do their neck muscle because then you have
full access to the muscles in the front as well, where if they’re leaning forward
those muscles are kind of blocked for you. So I usually just start up in here.
As always, let me know if the pressure is too much okay? It helps a lot if you pull the
shoulder back while you’re working on it because it helps to release a little bit
of the tension and a little bit of the pull and you just kind of come in and
get a feel for where the tension is, get a feel for where the knots are and once
you figure out where the knots are you can kind of get in into the
individualized knots, grab ahold of them, put pressure on them until they go away.
I also like to support the head with one side and stretch it with my thumb put my
thumb up under the skull stretch the neck down. As I’m stretching the neck, I’m
massaging the muscles with the other side. You can do that with your
fingertips. You can also do it with your knuckles and then you just switch hands
and do it on the other side one of the biggest things to remember with the neck
is symmetry whatever you do on one side you need to do on the other or else
you’re going to leave them feeling grossly imbalanced and they’ll kind of
feel like their neck is pulling one direction. The suboccipital muscles which
are the eight little muscles up underneath the skull. It’s absolutely
crucial that you work on those. A lot of people will stand in front of their
clients and pull on the base of the skull that’s a great way to release the
tension in those. a lot of times I’ll just move their head
so that their movement is what’s providing a lot of the pressure so
you’re not you’re not wearing yourself out. You’re not wearing your fingers out. And then up in here right by the
collarbone there’s muscles that attach right there. A lot of people that complain of headaches this is going to be a major
spot for headaches. Just push and stretch. Right below the jawbone, following the
muscle fibers down always make sure that you communicate
with your clients make sure that they’re comfortable with what you’re doing. And
then the jawbone is prone to a lot of trigger points so it’s always good. There’s lots of people that clench their jaws when they’re working on a computer,
lifting weights at the gym, sleeping, that don’t even know that they do it so they
don’t even realize that there’s tension in their jaw and that will help release
a lot of the tension that’s caused in the neck as well in the neck and head.
Now where we do corporate massage, I don’t very often work on the head
because a lot of people are going back to work and they don’t want to walk out
with their hair all crazy but I will ask especially if they’ve mentioned if
they’ve had headaches I will ask if they want me to work on their head and if
they do the temporalis muscle which is right in here is always a great place to
start. And you can get underneath their hair and do it without messing up their
hair too much. Just small circular strokes just put apply your pressure
with the pads of your fingers. And your small circular strokes. Some people do
not like head massages so always get permission before you work on them. unless you’re poor Brooke, and then I just made you
do it. BROOKE: It’s ok if you work on my head, by the way.

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