is usually used at the start of a treatment to
spread the oil/lotion and warm the area being worked on.
The general effects of this type of massage
include warming the muscles to allow for deeper massage
techniques to be applied, it accelerates blood
circulation and evokes relaxation.
is also known as kneading.
As with effleurage it has a general warming
effect, increases circulation and is often used at the
start of a massage.
It helps to stretch the muscles due to the nature
of the technique.
is a deep technique in massage and targets specific
areas of tissue damage.
It can help break down scar tissue and increase
the flow of blood to the damaged areas to aid the
is a percussions technique, which is used often at the
end of a treatment to stimulate and wake the patient up.
uses pressure, which is placed on tight areas within
muscles on attachment points.
This technique is often thought to be affective
due to the post pressure relaxation.
When the deep pressure of NMT is applied it is
thought that endorphins are released, which are a
natural pain suppressant.
This is why the patient feels the pain reduce
throughout the pressure.
As the pain reduces, so does the tension.
When the pressure is taken off the point, the
muscle relaxes further, releasing more tension.
Tissue Release (STR) stretches muscle further than you would normally be able to.
It uses pressure to increase the length of the
an extremely versatile technique and can be used in many
situations to release general muscle tension, fascia
tightness and as part of re-habilitation programme, post
Energy Technique is a
manipulative technique where the patient uses their
muscles in a controlled position in a particular
direction and the practitioner produces a counterforce
pressure to increase the range of movement. It is very effective on tight or shortened