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Hand Massage Techniques

Everyday, more and more nail technicians are incorporating hand massages with their nail services.

A hand and arm massage is a service that can be offered with all types of enhancement and manicure services, and can be performed on most clients.  It is a great value added service or a special added touch.

A massage is one of the client’s high priorities during the service as most clients look forward to the soothing and relaxing effects.  The massage manipulations should be executed with rhythmic, smooth, and methodical movements, never leaving the clients hand or arm untouched during the procedure.  You should never break contact, until you are ready to move to the other hand.  Massage is also used to break down inflammation and to move toxins through the body.

First, you should ask the client we are going to massage about any health conditions. There are some circumstances where massage should be avoided.  Do not perform this service on clients with:
−    skin allergies and inflammations
−    blastomycosis
−    mycosis
−    infectious diseases
−    heart conditions
−    tumors
−    diabetes
−    pregnancy

Once the massage has started, try not to engage your client in conversation. It'll guarantee perfect relaxation and a sense of calm. Use Nurture Lotion or Nurture Oil at the amount of which is necessary to properly moisturize the hands.  Both contain jojoba oil and grape seed oil.  Jojoba oil is extremely moisturizing and closely resembles the oil our bodies produce naturally, so it calms skin with little threat of reactions.  Grape seed oil is perfect for damaged or stressed tissues, possessing regenerative and restructuring qualities which allow better control of skin’s moisture retention.

A good hand massage should be performed with proper power and rate. Always ask the client if they would prefer a firmer or lighter touch.  Leave the question open ended to get the correct response.  Only calm motions guarantee the feeling of relaxation. Massage according to the direction of blood vessels and towards the heart. There should be greater pressure massaging toward the heart, and lighter moving away from the heart.  Circle around joints.  If any motion is broken, start again from the beginning, supporting the hand of the client with your free hand. Repeat motions 3 to 5 times.

Massage Impact

The basic massage motions are: effleurage, (long continuous movement), petrissage (kneading), wringing or friction (deep rubbing to the muscles) rotation, as well as rubbing and vibrating techniques.  During effleurage, non-living epidermis (skin) is exfoliated. Throughout the massage, blood circulation is stimulated supplying the skin with much-needed oxygen, leaving it well-nourished.

Effleurage is that motion that should begin and finish the massage treatment. It should also interweave every single motion. Depending on a particular hand part, you can massage it with your finger tips or the whole palm.  The rubbing motion is circular or half-circular along the muscles. Use all finger tips & thumbs and do spring-like motions. You can also massage the internal side of hand.  Moving the hand & fingers in forward, back and circular motions are passive. Don't forget about supporting the client's hand with yours – the free one.

Motions: Step-By-Step

Start with spreading lotion/oil over the client's hand smoothly.

Step 1

With your thumb & index finger, rub every phalanx of the palm from the back side.

Step 2

Afterwards you rub, squeeze and do vibrating and passive motions. Remember – your motions should always go towards the heart.

Step 3

When moving away from the heart, use light strokes. Massage the metacarpus (palm) with your whole hand.

Step 4

Turn your hand around and start massaging the client’s hand palm using the back side of your palm, before rubbing in a circular motion with your finger tips.

Steps 5 & 6

After this, squeeze the thenar eminence (body of muscle on the palm just beneath the thumb) and the hypothenar (body of muscle on the palm just beneath the pinkie finger), then use your knuckles.

Steps 7 & 8

Next, move the fingers from both sides and up and down to loosen them.

Step 9

Finally, you need to effleurage the hand, sliding down it gently.

Step 10

Adding this inexpensive perk for your clients can go a long way.  You can differentiate your nail services from your competitors with little effort!

Information and photographs courtesy of Euro Fashion.


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