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Learn basic massage techniques from massage therapist Renee French with the demonstrations in these Howcast videos.
"Hi, my name is Renee French and I'm here at Practical Massage Therapy in Nashville, Tennessee, and I'm going to be talking about massage therapy. One of the ways that I like to do this particular massage is with the person laying down and facing up. Um, this way you can turn the head and get all along the back of the skull and along the side, around the ears. So I normally start with just a small amount of massage cream right at the back of the neck; I think it's a good lead-in to the head and scalp. And you can actually take your fingertips and right at the base of the skull, there's a little groove--you can create a little bit of traction there and that's just a really nice tension relief, giving some traction, and then bringing your hands up the sides of the skull, you can start by running your fingers along each side of the ear, and you give a little scrubbing action. And a lot of these strokes are just to warm up the muscles around the skull. You can take the fingertips above the ears and scrubbing up and down. And taking the thumbs to the top of the skull, you can make some nice, long strokes, from the base or the center of the skull towards the forehead, and then you can even do small circles there. And basically, just separating the hands and kind of massaging the whole scalp is really nice. Once you've done a few those strokes, just turn the neck to either side and focus on the back of the skull and do small circles. Up around the ear, you can do the scrubbing action on either side of the ear again, and all the way to the top of the scalp. There really is no wrong way to massage the scalp. And then you can end with the nice traction, with your fingertips right at the base of the skull, giving a little bit of traction. And those are my tips on how to give a head massage."