Massage Techniques

Effleurage
To enable evaluation of the tissue.
To increase circulation

Compressions
Lifting and broadening
To spread tissue and increase local blood flow

Friction (circular, palmer, cross fibre, transverse etc)
Break up facial problems and adhesions.
To create heat.

Petrissage
To loosen tissue

Percussion (Tapotement)
Stimulate skin and nerve endings

Rocking (or vibration and jostling)
To aid client relation.
To assist range of movement

Trigger Point Therapy
To release specific areas which may be affecting wider aspects of the musculature.

PIR / RI / PNF (Post Isometric Relaxation, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)

Physiological effect of Sports Massage (Effect on the body)
  • to improve circulation locally
  • increase blood flow (hyperaemia) to reduce muscle tension
  • to help reduce swelling
  • support lymphatic drainage processes
  • decrease muscle fatigue
  • to reduce muscle spasm
  • accelerate recovery process
  • muscle fibres loosened and broadened
  • lengthening of shorted muscle tissue (increasing range of motion and movement)
  • breaking down of scar tissue that can affect muscle length
  • removal of adhesions, increasing length of active muscle
  • relieve areas of stress in areas surrounding affected muscle (including antagonist muscules) which are caused by the body’s adjustments to the injured musculature
  • remove trigger points formed due to overuse, damage or imbalances.
  • reduce stress on surrounding joints, tendons

Other Techniques: Diagnosis and identification | Rehabilitation procedures | Sports massage and warm up advice | Sports massage and stretching | Integration with sports