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Petrissage

Kneading

Ways of twisting, wringing, compressing and squeezing the muscles.

  • Types of Petrissage
  • Pincement
    This type of massage is very useful in cases of obesity and where the skin is  loose. It is performed by lifting the skin and superficial fascia between the  thumb and fingers, gently squeezing and rolling the tissue.
  • Squeezing and Draining
    This is a further useful massage treatment in obesity and it simply involves  seizing large areas of tissue with both hands and squeezing, works well on the  lower legs and forearms.
  • Wringing
    Involves seizing muscle in both hands and turning in the opposite direction  around the bone. After each operation, the direction of movement is reversed which can be most useful on arms and legs.
Kneading the side of the torso.
Kneading the arms, very similar to legs.
Other methods.

Movements:
Both hands work in symmetry to each other. The heel of the hand or the finger tips are pressed on to the part and  moved in small circles, not sliding on the part, but moving the skin with it. The whole of the muscle is worked over in this way from origin to insertion  several times.

Place the hand at the origin of the muscle, striving to grasp its entire bulk as far as possible, lifting the muscle from its underlying tissue and pressing it out like a sponge. This procedure is repeated while the hand presses firmly the belly of the muscle and follows its entire course to its insertion.In order to avoid pinching and pain.

The pressure on the muscles must not be made with the finger tips, use more the base of the thumb and fingers and the strongest strokes push toward the heart. Both hands reach around as much of  the muscle as possible and work transversely to the muscle fibres. Both hands  move backwards and forwards in opposite directions, striving to pick up and squeeze out the muscle.

Two fingers and thumbs can be used where the muscular fibres spread out so that they cannot be grasped by the  whole hand and particularly where the muscle is covered by heavy fascia and  therefore also require knuckle effleurage. The muscle fibres are grasped by  the tip of the thumb, middle and index fingers, and pressed firmly along with a twisting movement.

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