Scraping massage tools are used to scrape away excess and dead skin from the feet, hands, and other parts of the body like elbows, knees and shoulders. As we age, our skin becomes thicker and less elastic and can be hard to scrape away with just your hands or a callous shaver.
A scraping massage tool will give you better results by removing more skin in less time than an ordinary shaver or pumice stone ever could. Follow these 10 steps to learn how to use a scraping massage tool properly
Step 1: Prepare
Prepare your massage oil, incense and place an old sheet or table cloth on a comfortable flat surface (bed, couch, table) for your client to lay down on. You might want to use some old clothes or a robe for them as well if you plan on starting at their feet.
If you would like to have music playing in the background make sure it is something soothing such as classical or instrumental music; anything that would enhance relaxation and not interfere with your massage.
Step 2: Get Comfortable
You’re not going to get a good scraping massage if you’re uncomfortable. Since you can’t see it, make sure that you take your time to get settled in and relaxed. Take deep breaths and try to let go of any tension that you may have brought into your space with you.
If it helps, lean back and close your eyes for a few minutes before starting. Listen to music, read a book or have someone else read it out loud for you (i.e., someone who doesn’t mind reading aloud).
Whatever helps you relax is fine so long as it also allows you to focus on getting comfortable and letting go of stress from your day-to-day life without being distracted by other things going on around you.
Step 3: Choose an appropriate tool
a spoon or a scraper? The best tool to use is one which gives you control and room to maneuver. Commonly, people will recommend a metal spoon.
This is not necessarily wrong, but if you’re just starting out it’s probably better to use a soft, plastic scraper with curved edges (it should be able to fit comfortably into your hand).
With time and practice you can try using other tools as well, like rubbing sticks or sand paper. Once again there is no right way – everybody will have their own preference for what works best for them so experiment!
The key is that it does what you want it to do when you want it done with as little effort from yourself as possible.
Step 4: Measure your target area
In order to know how much of your body is going to be massaged you must measure. First, grab a measuring tape (this will help you calculate and figure out how many more inches you need) and draw a small rectangle on yourself with a black marker (make sure it’s not too small or too big).
Then begin measuring from one end of your rectangle to another; then add that number to two. Now once you’ve measured up, go ahead and record it into your journal or phone. You will use these numbers later on in our guide.
Step 5: Begin the scraping process
Grasp your scraping tool by its handle, with your index finger resting along its edge. Start at your neck and slowly drag down toward your feet. Repeat this process several times until you’ve completed one full body pass and then start again from head to toe.
Avoid applying pressure when scraping, especially around joints such as elbows or knees—you’re simply trying to create a soothing sensation with each pass.
Step 6: The tool should glide easily over your skin
If your tool drags or feels like it is gouging your skin, you are using too much pressure. Continue to scrape slowly and gently until you reach a sensitive area, such as a sore muscle or old injury site.
Your tissue should give slightly under pressure, indicating that you have found an acupuncture point. In these areas, apply a small amount of pressure but no more than what is needed to keep steady contact with your treatment tool.
Step 7: Keep breathing evenly
Remember that you’re doing short, quick breaths, so try to keep them even. If you feel like your breath is starting to get too shallow or uncomfortable, adjust your position slightly.
You can also remind yourself that it won’t take long before it’s over and you can release your muscle contraction and start massaging in circular motions again. But keep breathing! You don’t want to hyperventilate or hold your breath — doing so will intensify any pain you feel.
Step 8: Remove dead skin cells gently, in repeated passes from top to bottom
Use a circular motion to apply pressure on your heels, using both hands. Don’t press too hard and don’t scrape off layers of skin; it should feel very subtle.
Work up from your heel to near your ankle and work down again, then do one complete cycle—moving from top to bottom to top again—until you cover your entire foot and feel no rough patches left. Repeat for each foot if necessary.
If you are performing DIY pedicures regularly, try an exfoliating scrub before applying moisturizer for best results. Exfoliate once every two weeks for normal skin, or once a week if you have dry feet or more sensitive skin, as it might be too much otherwise.
Step 9: Don’t forget about problem areas (e.g., knees)
After you’ve covered all of your major muscle groups, don’t forget to use long, deliberate strokes up and down your legs. Even after a good foam rolling session, there will still be stiff spots that require more attention.
With a massage ball in hand, roll out each leg and then stand up and walk around for a few minutes to test how well you feel.
Do another round if you still notice areas that need work. If they remain unresolved after multiple sessions, it might be time to book an appointment with a professional massage therapist.
There are five main tools used for scraping massage. They are a pumice stone, a metal scraper, a dry skin brush, a file and an oil stone. You can also use other tools like sandpaper or even bamboo sticks. Each of these tools has its own pros and cons, so let’s take a look at them individually!