Five basic massage moves

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Five basic massage moves

There are five basic massage movements.

  • Effleurage
  • Friction
  • Petrissage
  • Tapotement
  • Vibration


Effleurage is done using the palm of the hands or forearms. There is a need to apply even pressure to the area that is being worked on and towards the lymphatic and venous flow.

This includes:

  • Superficial stroking & effleurage
  • Deep stroking & effleurage

What Effects & Benefits do they have?

This movement stimulates the sensory nerve endings, sending a reaction through the skin`s circulatory network.

The stroking movement generally will help the client you feel relaxed.

It improves your lymphatic circulation, which removes waste products.


This technique puts pressure on muscles and tissues. Petrissage stretching, squeezing, and kneading techniques reduce muscle knots and spasms, boost blood circulation, and improve general muscle function.

This type of massage can help relieve tension, muscle pain and enhance recovery. Boosting circulation thus feeding and nourishing the tissues.

Benefits and Effects

This technique stretches and loosens soft tissue in the body making your joints more moveable.

When performed slowly, it can have a relaxing, soothing, and sedative effect.

May also help relieve back pain even if there is no medical condition.

It also aids flatulence and constipation when applied to the abdominal area.


A technique commonly associated with Swedish massage. Rhythmic percussion movements often applied with the edge of the hand or fingertips.

These strokes can be extremely stimulating.

Movements include heating, pinching, pounding, cupping, and hacking.

Effects and Benefits

Helps with the break up of fatty acid deposits and gives a healthy glow to the part of the body that is being worked on. Boosts skin condition and blood flow.

Loosens mucus in hollow organs such as your lungs.

Promotes circulation of the area being treated. improves the temperature in the body.


This type of massage movement uses fingers and thumbs to perform manipulations back and forth on small areas of the body.

What Benefits and Effects it has on the body?

These movements help loosen and stretch your scare tissue.

This type of movement applied regularly with prevent fibrositis forming. It helps stiff joints which are usually found across the back.


This massage technique boosts circulation, improves your mental mind for activity and enhances flexibility.

Vibration movements release muscles preparing them to promote performance and activity.

Benefits and Effects

Helps to restore blood flow to muscles within the body encouraging new blood cells in the area, stimulating the healing process.

Stimulates and clears nerve paths. Relieves tension that has built up and helps relaxation

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