MASSAGE THERAPY TECHNIQUES
All techniques employed by Registered Massage Therapists ensure that patients receive safe, competent and ethical care. Depending on what a client presents with, an RMT will use different soft tissue manipulation techniques applied by the therapist’s hands to address circulatory, lymphatic, nervous or musculoskeletal systems.
Effleurage: A group of general gliding manipulations performed with centripetal pressure and varying pressures. Usually a form of spreading lotion. It introduces the client to touch and is used in almost all treatments.
Petrissage: A group of neuromuscular techniques that repetitively compress, shear and release muscles tissue while varying the drag, lift and glide. It is used to increase circulation and stimulate the Parasympathetic Nervous System as in a general wellness massage.
Tapotment: Techniques that deform and release tissue quickly through controlled, repeated, rhythmic, light to heaving striking. This is often used to increase clearance from the lungs, when congestion is present. When performed for greater than 2 minutes it has a relaxation effect and when longer then 2 minutes has a stimulating effect. Stimulating effects are useful in pre-sports massage and in awakening muscles post fracture or sprain when a cast is removed.
Rocking: The use of gentle, repetitive oscillations of the body produced by repeatedly pushing the pelvis or torso from a midline position into lateral deviation and allowing it to return.
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF): A method of increasing range of motion, strength, endurance, joint stability and motor control through the stimulation of proprioceptors. PNF is often used in sports massage but also in passive stretch for muscles with increased tone.
Frictions: Repetitive, specific, non-gliding technique that produces movement between the connective tissue fibers while creating inflammation. Frictions are particularly useful on scar tissue and adhesions that may have developed from past injuries such as strains or sprains.
Joint Mobilization: Passive Traction or gliding movements applied to joint surfaces that maintain or restore the joint play normally allowed by the capsule, so the normal roll slide joint mechanics can occur as a person moves. This technique is useful for arthritis and increasing the health of any joint.
Trigger Point pressure release: Sustained specific compression applied to a trigger point to reduce its activity. Trigger points can cause a variety of symptoms from local pain, referred pain to headaches and a runny nose. Releasing trigger points can eliminate these symptoms while an assessment can work to find the source of the trigger points.
Deep Tissue: Deep pressure and slow strokes either following or across fiders of muscle, tendon of fascia. This technique is used to release chronic muscle tension and to help break up scar tissue.
**If you are looking for a specific massage technique that you do not find in the list above please contact us to inquire as there may be some techniques offered at Bayside Health & Wellness that are not explicitly listed here**