Types of strokes used in massage
Effleurage – is a stroke generally used in a Swedish massage treatment. This smooth, gliding stroke is used to relax soft tissue and is usually applied using both hands.
Friction – is the deepest of Swedish massage strokes. This stroke encompasses deep, circular or horizontal movements applied to soft tissue causing the underlying layers of tissue to rub against each other. The result causes an increase in blood flow to the massaged area.
Vibration - is a stroke which involves movement of a muscle group by use of quick movements of the therapists hands in either a vertical or horizontal movement or the actual picking up of an arm or leg and applying movement.
Petrissage (also called kneading) – involves squeezing, rolling and kneading the muscles and usually follows effleurage during Swedish massage.
Tapotement – is executed with cupped hands, fingers or the edge of the hand with short, alternating taps to the client.