The four basic massage movements

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All massage movements are divided into four basic groups.

  • Effleurage – stroking movements
  • Petrissage – compression movements
  • Tapotment – percussion movements
  • Vibrations

A massage can be either relaxing or toning and invigorating, depending on the strokes used. For a relaxing effect these will be stroking (effleurage) and compression (petrissage) movements. If stimulating the circulation and muscle toning is required, a firmer massage with plenty of percussion (tapotment) movements and vibration is the best choice