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Classic is always in fashion

Basic techniques and techniques help you achieve the best results.

First-class massage therapists – what is their secret?

If you observe how the most eminent massage therapists work, the largest specialists in our field, known for their skill and thousands of satisfied students and clients, you will see that during work they use the basic, basic techniques and massage techniques. What is so special about them? I believe that out of a huge number of professionals, they are distinguished by a deep understanding of the essence of massage and the ability to very accurately and correctly select one or another basic technique or technique, focusing on the needs of the client. This skill is acquired with experience, thanks to thoughtful work with a wide variety of clients, constant introspection and the desire to listen and hear the client’s body.


As a client myself, an instructor and an instructor instructor, I noticed that many people strive to develop and improve massage techniques and techniques by adding an element of intuitiveness and play to them, rather than accuracy and certainty. Do not get me wrong, creativity is very important! However, when my student says something like: “Look, I came up with a new movement!”, I always reply: “Great! And what is its meaning? And the therapeutic value? ”

By performing various manipulations, without investing in them the proper meaning and intention, you slow down your professional development with your own hands. Of course, this process may seem very exciting, perhaps such actions help someone to create the appearance of professionalism, but I’m sure that the massage therapist should always ask myself – does what I do help my client? Overview of basic techniques According to my observations, an in-depth study of the effects of the main massage techniques is not so often included in the training programs for massage therapists. In addition, the terminological apparatus for describing these techniques is still being developed. Together, we will now refresh these basic techniques, using classical and modern terminology, and recall their effects and methods of application.


Definition: A long, sliding movement of the hand, normal towards the heart, in which the skin does not move into folds.

Purpose and effects

• Stroking is used to start or end a session (or work with one part of the body), or in order to move from one technique to another.

• Knead body area after applying static pressure. • Align the fibers with respect to each other after deep lateral friction.

• To lengthen shortened fabrics (To make stroking even more effective for application for this purpose, the fabrics can be pressed at the starting point of movement, and then stroking from this point).

• Improve blood circulation in the tissues.

• Remove swelling of tissues.

• Relax the client.

Sometimes in the literature you can find other names for this technique

• slip

• lengthening


Definition: rhythmic movements, for which the massage therapist needs to lift the client’s muscle relative to the bone and squeeze it between the fingers.

Purpose and effects

• This technique is used to improve blood circulation and lymph flow.

• Activate tendon receptors and relax muscles.

• Warm up the tissues and prepare them for a deeper effect.

• Activate proprioreceptors (or even “trick” them and make them perceive the position of the body in space differently, which will ultimately help the client improve control over their own body).

• Get rid of adhesions and make fabrics more plastic.

Sometimes in the literature you can find other names for this technique

• Flexion (changing the position of the tissue relative to the pressed point)

• Twisting (twisting and rotation of fabrics relative to the pressed point)


Definition: vigorous grinding, warming tissue

Dosage and effects

• Rubbing increases the tone and warms up the tissue

• Improves blood circulation and lymph flow

• Separates muscle fibers

• Helps deal with adhesions and scar tissue


• Surface

• Circular

• Linear

• Cross

Sometimes in the literature you can find other names for this technique

• Tissue shift


Definition: bringing together two or more structures.

Purpose and effects

• Expands blood vessels and improves local circulation (with static compression)

• Relieves muscle cramps, breaking the cycle of pain – spasm – pain (static compression)

• Heats tissues. Vibration Definition: Pulsating, trembling, swaying, or oscillating movements. Purpose and effects

• Increases and then lowers tissue tone • Locally stimulates the nervous system • Relieves muscle tension and cramps

Sometimes in the literature you can find other names for this technique

• Wiggle

• Fluctuations

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