If you’ve ever given someone a massage that lasted longer than five minutes, you’ll know that it can be quite exhausting. This is especially the case for deep tissue back and shoulder massages, where you will need to use your forearm muscles to a greater degree. A lot of the exertion comes from standing in a stress position for extended periods of time. This will increase your heart rate, despite the fact that you are not moving around a lot.
So how many calories do you burn by giving a massage? If you weigh 150 pounds, you will burn 280-290 kcal/hour. If you weigh 180 pounds, you will burn 340-350 calories/hour. If you weigh 210 pounds, you will burn 390-400 kcal per hour. This is not as high as intense cardio exercise, such as running or swimming, but still significant enough to be taken into account if you give massages on a regular basis. Giving regular massages will increase the strength in your hands and forearms. You will especially notice that your thumbs become much more powerful, as they provide the main pressure contribution during shoulder and neck massages.