- relieving tension
- promoting blood flow
- calming nerves
- loosening muscle
Modes of Therapeutic Massage
- Picking up
- Shaking & Vibration
Stroking - Stroking is performed with the whole hand or fingers. It comprises the usage of relaxed hand over the patient's skin with a rhythm and pressure that produce a relaxing effect.
Effleurage - Effleurage is performed by spreading and moving the hands with pressure and speed, to gain relaxation and lymph drainage.
Kneading - Kneading involves alternate compression and release of the part to be manipulated.
Picking up - Picking up involves lifting up of tissue from underlying bone, releasing it after squeezing it.
Wringing -Wringing technique lifts up the tissue and applies a twist to enhance stretching effect.
Friction - Friction is a small movement applied with thumb or finger where pressure is applied from superficial to depth of the tissue.
Hacking - Hacking is performed with extended forearm and striking the skin using the side of the hand .
Clapping - Clapping is done by striking the skin with cupped hands.
Shaking and Vibration -Shaking and vibration involves gentle strokes of shakes and vibrations respectively
- Relief of pain
- Muscle tightness is relieved
- General relaxation
- Induce sleep in insomnia (sleepless nights)
- Relieves tension
- Skin is toned
- Drainage of oedema or swelling
- Loosens secretion in the Lungs
Where not to Massage?
If the treatment area has:
- Large open wounds
- Skin Ulcers
- Gross Oedema (severe swelling)
- Extremely Hairy areas
- Sensitive skin
- Bacterial infections
- Skin disease
- Malignancies like cancer
Continuous - applied over period of few days or weeks
Intermittent - repeated application for a short duration