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How to Deep Tissue Massage Using Your Forearm

Learn how to give a deep tissue massage using your forearms from celebrity massage therapist Meagan Holub in this Howcast video.


So when you use your forearm during deep tissue massage, you're going to be applying a broader pressure than if you were just using your elbow. So it's a great way to start warming the tissue up for the massage, for the deeper layers that you're going to go to.

We're going to go ahead and just go straight down the erector spinae in here. Nice and slowly, making sure that the body doesn't resist. If you feel the body resisting, then you just back up on pressure. And again, you always want to make sure that you're checking in with your client.

So this isn't as common, the direction of flow, but it also feels really great. You can go ahead and use your forearm to pull up on this quadratus lumborum. And then you're going to go ahead and just pull right up along that spine. Be sure not to touch the spine. Again, it's a fragile area. You want to stay away from there. But right along the edge of the spine there are all of these muscles that really need your attention.

And then, I actually will sometimes pull down on the shoulder with my forearm which is just a lovely move, and then you just complete it with a little Swedish massage stroke at the end.

And that's how you give a deep tissue massage with your forearm.

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