This video shows how to give a thigh and leg massage.
In this series of videos, massage therapist Athena Jezik demonstrates Swedish Massage Therapy techniques on the entire body including the back, chest, abdomen, face, feet, hands, legs, thighs and neck. Athena focuses on the muscle and tissue connections.
This is Athena Jezik and we are going to continue doing massage, how to do, how I do massage on the leg, on the back of the leg.
We did the front of the leg, so this is pretty much the same, only you have more muscle here. The gastrocnemius and soleus muscles are more accessible from the back.
You want to do the thumb iron, at least this is what I do. It’s what I have found most effective in the years I have been doing this. I just find a routine that works and work it over and over. That way I know I am quite polished on it and I am able to get from origins to insertions, and my hands really do know what to feel for.
I would suggest that if you are a body worker to get a routine for your massage. There is nothing worse than somebody working on your back, and they are just going all over the place and they don’t really know what they are doing.
They do half the back one way and half of the back the other way. It’s just very sloppy work in my opinion. So I would recommend you learn from that and work from one muscle group to another with a lot of ease and flowing movement. It makes it much more relaxing. Massage therapy is more for relaxation. It does help circulation. It does help in that regard, so you want to make sure that what you are doing with your routine is also going to be a relaxing experience.
We’re going to do some petrisaging, circular motions, a little bit of kneading.
Now the inguinal triangle does not extend to the back side of the leg, so you can come up a little bit tighter into the bending area to the hip where it attaches and then up into the gluteus muscles.
Let’s get those thumbs in there and work them real good.
And a nice little pull on the leg as well. Now sometimes, too, we can bring the leg up and give a stretch on the quadricep which is the front, and when I do that I take it up and just lift the leg and give the hip a little motion this way, and this way, and also a little stretch coming this direction and back down.
Sometimes if they are real real relaxed on the table I don’t move them very much. Sometimes there’s a little more conversation that goes on.
Massages really change from person to person and sometimes something happens right before they come in and they need to vent and talk about, so when it’s a little more active massage with more conversation I will tend to move the body a little more than if they’re deep in relaxation or sleeping or just in a deep space because I don’t like to disturb them by moving the body. It’s just a preference that I have. Most of them probably wouldn’t notice, but I just chose to be a little quieter with them if they are sleeping, or if they’re deep.
And then we do the same thing on the other leg.
I know that when you’re watching this it probably doesn’t look like a whole lot is going on. The amount of feeling that goes on underneath my hands and the amount of communication that goes on underneath my hands because of the training and experience that they’ve had over the years is quite different than what it looks like.
So to really master massage it does take that deeper sense of paying attention to what the body is really telling you. People can mechanically do the work and get some result, but when you really tune in there’s a different quality, not only to the work done but to the experience of the person on the table.
And just do know that if you’re wanting to get into this kind of work, it does have quite a bit of demand on you physically. You have to position yourself well so as to not blow out your wrists or your hands. There are always a lot of sheets to wash. After you get the routine down and you have a lot of people coming in, if you’re not having a lot of fun exploring what the body is saying to you it can become quite a boring job even though you may love every person that comes in. It’s just work that is repeated sometimes many times a day which is another reason why that it’s nice to have extra tools such as, in my case, lymphatic and cranial sacral, because I can blend a little bit at times and make the work a little more interesting and personalize it a little bit more than if it’s just a standard protocol to follow which is something I think medicine is in need of which is to personalize the therapy or personalize the treatment rather than make it a one-size-fits-all medications or exercise or whatever it is, because everybody is a little different in the way their trauma happens and in the way their healing is going to happen. Some things just work better for people than others.
To find that is where the true healers are going to shine, because otherwise it’s just following a protocol you’ve learned, which may or may not give good results. The other thing is you want results to happen fairly quickly.
Ok, So with that you take a look and stretch a little both legs. I’ll do this little stretch here as well. Take it down, don’t take it too far. And there we are.
OK, this is Athena Jezik. For more information please visit my website www.acranio.com
Athena Jezik is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in Lymphatic Drainage and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Visit Athena’s Website at: http://www.acranio.com