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Petrissage massage

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Realized just after friction or effleurage massage, kneading can act superficially or in depth. It is an effective solution for the drainage of accumulated fats as well as for the stimulation of blood and lymphatic flows.

pétrissage massageIts application allows to move the fleshy parts inside the cutaneous surface by relocating fats and eliminating toxins.

Principles of petrissage 

Petrissage is rooted in the french verb "to knead", since this movement was mainly used for the preparation of pasta.

The body of the client will get a real benefit thanks to its deep mixing. During the session, the practitioner can use different types of movements ranging from a simple stretch to a deep work such as palper-rouler.

In practic

Petrissage consists of a deep massage intended to mobilize muscular masses. Its application is done with the palms or heels of the hands. It is done with both hands and operates by grabbing a large fold of tissue that the masseur kneads with firmness.

For best effect, the hands should conform to the shape of the body during the massage. The rigor is required during kneading since the practitioner is obliged to perform uniform movements by gradually changing intensity. In addition, the kneading must follow a rhythm defined according to the massaging effect expected. Movements are progressively evolving over the area to massage, then are followed by a return to the starting point from time to time. This technique can be used for all areas of the body with the exception of the face because of its sensitivity.

During a kneading session, the masseur uses his hands to grasp, lift, squeeze and knead the fleshy part of the muscles. This action causes a superficial displacement of the skin as well as detachment of the lipid tissues in depth. Once the blockages are eliminated, the muscles regain their flexibility, and the different flows of the body are optimized.

Application modality

Kneading is especially indicated for the treatment of fleshy areas of the body such as the hips, thighs, calves or the muscles at the shoulders.

Its application should be done gradually according to the level of tolerance of the client.

Particularly intense handling can indeed cause a feeling of soreness for the person being massaged the day after the massage.

In addition, kneading requires several minutes of application to be able to act through the different layers of the skin.

Benefits and contraindications

This massage technique is especially indicated in therapeutic massage for:

  1. treatment of muscle pain
  2. bad blood circulation
  3. heavy aching legs treatment
  4. back pain treatment
  5. localized fat treatment
  6. the treatment of stress

The application of petrissage is also common in wellness massage to chase insomnia, relax the body and calm the mind.

In fact, it helps relax muscles, drain toxins and waste, stimulate venous and lymphatic circulation, stretch deep tissue, tone muscles and eliminate fat deposits. Thus, it has the advantage of being able to be used both to give the massage a feeling of relaxation and a stimulating effect: it all depends on the intensity of the pressure exerted.

However, kneading is contraindicated when the skin surface has problems (infection, inflammation ...) or in case of cardiovascular disease, except after the approval of the attending physician. It should not be done on the face either, because this part of the body is too sensitive.

On the other hand, the kneading is also prohibited in pregnant women, after surgery, or if the recipient is not in good shape.

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