Massage – Face Down Back

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional masseuse Jim Weiler provides some tips for when you have your client face-down or what’s referred to as being in the prone position to make them comfortable.

    Jim Weiler

    I am Jim Weiler, the CO-owner of the Piedmont School of Professional Massage,Inc. in Woodbridge, VA. which was established in 1995. In addition to our 530 in class hour training program that leads to certification by the Board of Nursing we also have a very upscale 8 treatment room facility that offers massage therapy by our staff of 5 full time and 7 part time certified massage seven days a week. We also offer facials and are in the process of adding a wet treatment room in order to offer and provide body/salt & sugar scrubs for exfoliation, as well as various other hydrotherapy and spa treatments including but not limited to body wraps and mud bath applications. I have 12 years of teaching experience and 22 years of experience the massage therapy profession. I have worked in many different aspects of the profession,spas,resorts,clinics,doctors(MDs) as well as chiropractors(DCs) and out/housecalls. I have supervised the providing of massage therapy to the participants of the Marine Corp Marathon for the past 9 years and the Tim Harmon 5k run to benefit hepatitis research for the past 6 years, as well as various other athletic events. I have supervised students providing pre, post and remedial sports massage to the Potomac Nationals baseball team. I have provided & supervised the therapist to do on-site seated massage at Potomac Mills Mall on black Friday to raise money for Toys for Tots for the past 10 years and provided and supervised the therapist and students doing on-site seated massage at IKEA for the past 11 years, provided the therapist to do on-site seated massage for Georgetown Universities Nurse Appreciation week, as well as various other corporate, government agencies, private & public schools, for profit and nonprofit groups and many other charitable organizations. 2. In this video, professional Commonwealth of Virginia, Board of Nursing, certified massage therapist, Jim Weiler will demonstrate the proper body mechanics,stances,hand placement and techniques of classical Swedish/stress reduction massage. This video is designed for the lay person.

    Jim Weiler: Hi! This is Jim Weiler with Piedmont Therapeutic Massage in the Washington DC area and a couple of key points for when you have your client facedown or whats referred to as being in the prone position. When you are doing massage on your partner at home and the person is lying facedown, it is best to have some type of a pillow or whats referred to as bolster underneath their feet. You can them have lift up, place it in to position and then they are getting adequate support for when you are doing your various Swedish massage techniques whether its Effleurage, Petrissage, Spreading or Tapotement.

    You dont have to go to the trouble and the expense of getting an actual professional bolster, you can again use any type of a pillow, regular bed or sleeping pillow, or you an even use rolled up towels. Another key point, when using a massage table and doing massage at home for friends or family members, most massage tables these days have whats referred to as face cradle in which the person can lie facedown and still be able to breathe through the opening. This is a much more ergonomically correct and beneficial position, rather than the person having to turn their head to one side or the other, while lying facedown and getting the back or the posterior of the body massaged. While applying the lubricant, you want to keep the hand in contact with the person, bring the lubricant to your hand, not your hand to the lubricant. Provides added flow and continuity and allows the person to relax more fully. Once the lubricant is applied, you can apply any of the various Swedish massage techniques and you can work from either side of the table, whichever is most comfortable for you. You can also from the head of the table as well.

    Wile its not done much in the professional setting, when doing massage for friends or family members at home, it is completely appropriate for you to climb up on to the table and on to your partner in order to get enough pressure and again have proper body mechanics. We have the demonstration of that, effleuraging up along each side of the spine, making sure not apply pressure directly on the spine. Again, getting feedback from your partner will help to make it very relaxing and enjoyable experience. Side using the palms and the hands, the knuckles can be used as well.