Resources

Find out about some of the techniques used in the massage videos including:

Forearms and Elbows

Forearms  Great for applying techniques on large or small areas of the body. Best to use the final third of the forearm by the elbow end as this area is fleshier and glides over the skin/muscles more easily. Forearm techniques can be applied lightly or … Read More »

Massage mediums

You can use a variety of massage oils.  The most commonly used are Grape seed; Sweet Almond; Coconut; Pine kernel; Soya.  You can even use Olive oil but you may wish to part blend it with any of the above as it’s quite thick on its own and pungent. Oth … Read More »

Sequences and Timings

How you put your massage together is up to you. I do not specify a particular order or number of strokes per sequence. The massage sequences are a guide to massage. You may wish to chop some of the routine out or add some other movements of your own. G … Read More »

Percussion

late Middle English: from Latin percussio(n-), from the verb percutere ‘to strike forcibly’ These massage techniques use a hitting action against the skin/muscle tissues.  Some techniques are applied with speed and others more slowly.  Some are strong … Read More »

Effleurage

late 19th century: from French, from effleurer ‘skim the surface, stroke lightly’, This massage stroke is commonly used to start the massage routine.  Also good at linking sequences and used when finishing a routine. The whole surface of the palm and f … Read More »

Friction

mid 16th century (denoting chafing or rubbing of the body or limbs, formerly much used in medical treatment): via French from Latin frictio(n-), from fricare ‘to rub’ This massage stroke is commonly used on areas of tension or adhesion in muscles.  Com … Read More »

Petrissage and Kneading

late 19th century: French pétrissage, from pétrir ‘to knead’ This massage stroke commonly moves on from effleurage and is used to manipulate the skin and muscle tissue. The tissue can be picked up between the fingers and thumbs in the classic petrissag … Read More »