Neck Massage Techniques – 7 Steps for a Quick and Relaxing Massage

Tess RaineyFeb 06, 2010 | edited Feb 06, 2010 - by @TessRainey

This article will discuss neck massage techniques and 7 methods for giving a fast and relaxing massage. The techniques discussed below will relax and relieve stress fast and without needing a massage table or a professional masseuse. To perform these 7 methods, have someone sit backwards in a chair with a pillow in between their chest and the chair, have them drape their head over the pillow.

1. Upper Shoulder Squeeze: The first step for a quick and relaxing neck massage is to administer an upper shoulder squeeze. The muscle on each side of your shoulders is notorious for carrying a lot of stress and toxins. Gradually increase the pressure and repeat this squeeze three times.

2. Finger Circles: With your hands straight and fingers in line, place the fingers at the top of the neck and make small circles with your fingers. Continue to move down the neck and along the shoulder muscle down to your shoulders. Repeat this move three times before moving to the other side.

3. Lobster Claws: Possibly the most enjoyable massage technique, the lobster claw is done by rubbing the muscles on the back of the neck and alternating hands in a fluid motion. Repeat this move 20 times.

4. Head Massage: To begin, place fingers at the hairline at the back of the head. Positioned in the center, make tiny circles with fingers and move outward. Move up the back of the head and massage the scalp, once you've reached the top move back down. Once completed, repeat the lobster claw massage technique on the other side of the body.

5. Fist Tapping: Gently tapping on the back of the shoulders with the small part of the fist, cover the entire back and shoulders.

6. Karate Chops: Open the hands and perform karate chops over the shoulder muscles and upper back.

7. Finishing Strokes: These are subtle but very important; to perform finishing strokes, do light downward strokes from the shoulders to the lower back.

This article discussed neck massage techniques and 7 methods anyone can do to give a quick and relaxing massage. Follow these steps to help anyone who needs to relieve stress.

Tess Rainey, an advocate for alternative medicine, created a website that can help you find the relaxation your body needs. Her website, SwedishMassageTechniques.NurturingYourBody.com, has a neck massage technique as well as a massage technique.

Jerry @ santa rosa massage Author May 04, 2010

I think that if you were going to give the best strokes for the neck, you've got the 7. There are a few others such as pulling on the neck when lying down but this is not quick or easy. I like your finishing strokes. These strokes integrate the work that has been done with the rest of the body. Thanks so much for your summary of techniques.
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edited May 04, 2010 - by @Jerrysantarosamassage28627
jonathan@chair massage houston Author May 03, 2011

These are diffinitely some great techniques. The neck is one of the most common places where were store tension. It is mainly in the trap muscles that run up the neck. There is another technique where you put pressure at the muscle attachment at the occipital lobe. This one can be painful for some people so use caution.

edited May 03, 2011 - by @jonathanchairmassagehouston28664
Kathy Author Oct 25, 2010

Great list ? I personally am not particularly fond of the karate chops and have never heard of the lobster claws. My shoulders are the most tense area for me so this is where I like the most work.

edited Oct 25, 2010 - by @Kathy28689
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edited Oct 22, 2010 - by @litamassage28764
Marie @ Massage Vibrator Author Oct 21, 2010

Great article ? I shall be sure to give my boyfriend this for 7 tips to help with his massage technique. I constantly get sore tight muscles in the neck and shoulders from being at a computer most of the day so I definitely need to give myself or get my boyfriend to give me a massage regularly.

edited Oct 21, 2010 - by @MarieMassageVibrator28808
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