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Tapotement massage technique

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A stimulating massage, tapping prepares the muscles for particularly intense physical exertion. This favorite massage technique of athletes is also used by non-athletes to provide them with a real sense of well-being.

Tapping differs from other massage techniques in its stimulating effect. In addition to its action at different levels of the body, it also acts by improving the respiratory system.

This technique is among the common bases of sports massage thanks to its many physical and psychological virtues.


Principles of tapotement

Also called "percussion" or "hatching", tapotement is performed following a rapid succession of beats made with both hands alternately. This repeated movement causes a kind of continuous pounding at the target area. This contact is also marked by a specific sound similar to that caused by the beat of the drum.

For the tapping, the power must come only from the wrists: the good gesture is to keep your elbows and shoulders motionless during the session.

In practice

Tapotement comes in two movements: hatching and clapping.

The hatches are characterized by beats made with the fingertips and the hollow of the hand, like a drummer; this percussion follows a particularly fast pace. The intensity and frequency of the movements, however, must vary according to the massage. Thus, the percussions used are lighter and slower for a relaxing massage.

The claquades are, for their part, by forming a hollow curve with inside the hands. While keeping this cup shape, the massage therapist hits the zone to be massaged according to a succession of fast beats. Apart from this difference in the shape of the hands, the claquades follow the same principles as the hatching.

Application modalities

Like kneading, tapping is particularly effective when performed on a fleshy area of the body.

Its application is often done on the thighs, buttocks, hips and calves. In some types of massage, it also applies to the face, head or shoulders.

In addition, tapping must be done in a constant rhythm in order to give to your partner all its benefits. The vibratory movement thus caused is also very pleasant to receive and does not cause any pain in contact with the skin.

Benefits and contraindications

The tapping is used at different levels:

  1. sports massage, to prepare athletes
  2. in therapeutic massage, to relieve certain muscular and digestive diseases
  3. in massage therapy, to clear the respiratory tract
  4. in wellness massage, to relax the body by removing stress.

In addition, it helps stimulate and strengthen the muscles, while promoting muscle contractions. It also improves blood circulation and clears mucus to promote sputum. Finally, tapping removes fat deposits and relieves constipation.

However, tapping should never be performed on a pregnant woman, a person with skin problems or a sick person, unless the massage is performed for therapeutic purposes. People suffering from cardiovascular disease, except with the opinion of the attending physician, can not do this type of massage either. Furthermore, the bony areas of the body should be avoided or pain will be severe. Tapping is also prohibited after any surgery.

As for its implementation, it must be rigorous and do not mobilize the arms or elbows, which would have the effect of changing the intensity of movement and cause discomfort for your partner.

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