Other Types Of Massages - part 2

In the first part of this article we have discussed two different forms of massages - connective tissue massage as well as manual lymphatic drainage. Brief discussions on a number of other massages - anti-stress massage, percussion, back massage, leg massage, arm massage, face massage and abdomen and chest massage are discussed in this part of the article.

Anti-stress massage

Anti-stress massage is completely different from all other forms of massages simply owing to the fact that it works in intense depth and in an additionally multifaceted manner. In addition, this type of massage needs much more effort on the part of the therapist or practitioner. Precisely speaking, anti-stress massage stipulates concentration, attachment along with superior technical expertise.

While carrying out the techniques of anti-stress massage, the therapist ought to observe the following basic guidelines all the time. It must be emphasized that using the palm of the therapist's hand is not sufficient to perform this particular form of massage. In addition to the palm, the therapist/ practitioner requires using his/ her entire forearm till the elbow. It is also important that while performing anti-stress massage, the recipient should be able to completely unwind in the hands of the therapist. Therefore, it is important for the therapist to develop as well as sustain an environment of trust and assurance by means of applying mild, but compact pressure.

The therapist should ensure that he/ she is unwinding the recipient by means of long, cadenced actions, which rise and fall, subsequently compressing and drawing off in depth.


While percussion is familiar as well as attractive to observe technique, it is not known to be an especially effective physiotherapeutic massage. This massage technique is applied using the flat edge of the therapist/ practitioner's hand or using the hand in a cupped position. It is important to note that the method of applying this form of massage ought to be light and requires to be tolerated well by the recipient in order to make it effective.

Consequences of percussion
Applying the percussion technique results in strong hyperemia (an exceptionally large amount of blood in any body part) and, hence, it helps to enhance localized nutrition. In addition, percussion also encourages the suppleness of the muscular fibers and if the technique is applied again for a considerable period, it helps to lessen the excitement of the nerves. For an aesthetic massage, slapping as well as cupping techniques are made use of more or less absolutely with a view to generate an improved flow of blood in the hip and gluteal (the buttock) regions when they possess plenty of adipose tissue. The therapist or practitioner applies this massage using the side of his/ her hand with stress-free fingers, particularly when it is carried out gently. Generally, percussion is frequently performed during the concluding phase of a healing massage intended to ease muscle spasms and aches.
Modus operandi
Percussion comprises of dissimilar techniques, including slapping, cupping, and others. Slapping is performed with the therapist/ practitioner using his/ her hand flatly and softly 'slapping' the body area requiring the physiotherapeutic treatment. On the other hand, cupping is performed with cupped hand, which when strikes the cutaneous (skin) surface, block a volume of air that immediately condenses the tissues lying below the surface of the skin. When this technique is performed appropriately, it produces a typical 'popping' sound.
On the other hand, the tapotement technique is performed using open hands, while the fingers are spread extensively and relaxed. The ulnar on the side of the little finger strikes the skin in a rhythm while the treatment is carried out using this technique. In addition, the stress-free fingers generate a string of effects as they strike one another swiftly from the little finger to the index finger. Apart from the techniques already mentioned here, there is a more powerful type of the hand technique that makes use of the ulnar edge (the part extending from the little finger to the wrist) of the hand. However, this technique is extremely sharp and, hence, it is not recommended.

Face massage

It is important to note that all facial massages are a robust type of healing. This is primarily because facial massage has the aptitude to even out wrinkles, cleanse the face and, at the same time, it is useful to ease headaches as well as to maintain a balance when there is excessive energy in the upper part of the body - massaging the scalp is very useful in such cases. The face as well as the neck is considered to be the opening areas for lymphatic outflow. Theoretically speaking, besides the eyes, all areas on the face and adjoining areas should be massaged since energetic motions are substituted by extremely soft movements of the fingertips - especially gentle stroking, outflow from the center in the direction of the temples and the neck, coupled with soft kneading of only some plump areas.

While performing a facial massage, it is advisable not to apply large amounts of creams. Besides, whenever it is possible the therapist should allow the recipient to select the cream from an assortment that does not result in allergic reactions. In addition, whilst performing a facial massage, keep away from light directly straining of the recipient's face. It is also a good idea to have a soft or suitable music in the background with a view to encourage utmost relaxation of the facial muscles.

Perform the facial massage with the recipient lying on his/ her back on the floor, any treatment table or seated on a cozy or relaxing armchair. During the conclusion of the massage, rest your hands softly on the recipient's face and hold them there covering the eyes of the recipient for about a minute devoid of applying any pressure.

Abdomen and chest massage

Massaging the abdomen has a number of therapeutic benefits. Abdomen massage not only helps to heal blemishes owing to accumulation of adipose (fat), but it also facilitates in resolving the problems related to the intestine, for instance, constipation. However, this massage needs to be performed with a lot of experience and immense sensitivity with a view to keep away from resulting in any disturbance to the internal organs of the abdomen. In effect, the internal organs of the abdomen are not guarded by any solid parts, but simply by the abdominal muscles, which are themselves not generally exceptionally resilient. Abdomen massage should be performed by using circular stroking motions in a clockwise direction in order to help peristalsis (the gradual ripple of tightening and unwinding of a tubular muscular system, especially the digestive tract). The outflow or drainage ought to move toward the neck and the armpits. Gentle friction and surface kneading should be applied on the skin as well as the subcutaneous region along with localized vibrations. While performing the abdomen massage, the therapist ought to keep away from all types of percussion. In addition, the groin area should not be massaged and in case any internal organ of the recipient is inflamed, the treatment should be postponed.

It must always be borne in mind that the abdomen lays in the center of our body and at this place all energy accumulations are generated as well as preserved - deep inside the abdomen and in the direction of the center lays the solar plexus or the celiac plexus (an arrangement of nerves located at the upper region of the abdomen). The abdomen is an extremely vital neuro-vegetative hub that regulates interactions between the visceral metabolism as well as emotional manifestations. Therapists/ practitioners should always remember that touching the abdomen is similar to infringing on any individual's privacy.

Chest massage may be described as the natural conclusion of the massage of the front part of the body. However, in contrast to the common belief, the breast should never be massaged since this organ is basically a gland.

A sagging or flaccid breast or a breast that is susceptible to stretch marks gains from taking semi-cold showers instead of receiving a massage. It is important to note that even if it is necessary to receive a breast massage, it ought to be restricted to light stroking. However, it is important to massage the pectoral muscles (the four big paired muscles covering the front of the rib cage) well. This is primarily owing to the fact that the pectoral muscles are frequently so condensed and rigid that they may result in the familiar stance of curved and stooped shoulders.