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Page 4 - Primary Thumbs

Introductory massage certificate course

Primary Thumb strokes

These strokes are about deepening the pressure a little, but take care not to cause discomfort to your client or yourself.   Notice in the video how the strokes echo the primary and secondary effleurage and the images below the video.

Method - Primary

  1. Place your thumbs beside the coccyx at the base of the sacrum at an angle about 45 degrees to the spine
  2. Use a firm pressure and slide up either side of the spine without putting any pressure on the spine and keep the pressure soft over the kidneys.
  3. Continue up through the neck to touch into the base of the skull
    • the tips of your thumbs may brush the articular processes of the spine, but not press on the spine
  4. Then as with the primary effleurage with flat palms, flow out over the shoulders, down the sides, up over the buttocks to begin the second stroke
  5. On stroke two, have your thumbs a centimetre (half inch) further away from the spine and you will feel that you are about on the centre of the long muscles on either side of the spine
  6. On stroke three, have your thumbs another centimetre (half inch) further away from the spine and you will feel that you are about on the outside of the long muscles on either side of the spine
    • view the long muscles as oval in cross section and you are pressing into both sides and the centre as in the image immediately below the video.

Secondary Thumbs

Remember the secondary effleurage and emulate with pressure on your thumbs but be gentle over the ribs.

  1. 1st stroke, place your thumbs beside the coccyx and with a firm pressure, slide out over the hip (iliac crest)
  2. Each stroke starts from beside the coccyx, up the muscles either side of the spine and out over the sides until you get to the shoulders
    • If you have the leisure, the thumbs flow up beside the spine and turn out at each intersection of the vertebrae.
  3. When you get to the shoulders,  rotate your thumbs through between the spine and shoulder blades (ra ra ra) and slide smoothly into the base of the skull and return as above. Note image 2 below.

Primary thumbs
view the long muscles as oval in cross section and you are pressing
into both sides and the centre as in this image.
Note how the 1st 2 strokes closest to the spine begin
from the base of the sacrum at the juncture of the coccyx and
the following strokes commence just a little higher on the edge of the sacrum

Primary thumbs

1. Lines representing the primary thumb strokes

Secondary thumbs
as above, from the base of the sacrum,
slide your thumbs out (over the dimples) to connect with the illiac crest
If you have the leisure, the thumbs flow up beside the spine and turn out at each intersection of the vertebrae.
When you get to the shoulders, rotate your thumbs through between the spine and shoulder blades
(ra ra ra) and slide smoothly into the base of the skull and return to the start point.

2. Approximate lines that your thumbs follow for the secondary thumb strokes

 Another view
each stroke progresses

Stroke directions
Return Strokes
In both the above strokes, your hands slide out from the neck,
over the shoulders - note here you can come down the arms a way, BUT
keep the stroke continuous - do not flow over the arm and drop onto the shoulder or ribs.
As your hands flow down the sides,
ensure you cover the entire side with your hands
adjusting for slim or bigger people.
Squeeze into the sides as you slide down.
Let your fingers slide under the body as practicable.
Include as much of the hips as practicable.

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The arrows on these lines represent the start finish point of both effleurage and thumb strokes.

  In both the above strokes, your hands slide out from the neck.
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