certified massage therapist Jim Weiler will demonstrate the proper body mechanics,stances,hand placement and techniques of classical Swedish/stress reduction massage.
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Jim Weiler: Hi! This is Jim, and were going to be demonstrating next technique and the Swedish massage repertoire and those are referred to as the tapotement techniques and these may be the massage techniques that youve seen portrayed comedically and movies and what not and those again you have the proper stance in order to do the technique properly. First is hacking, and hacking is done from the wrist, its not from the elbow where you doing -- often power as karate chop. The next technique is referred to as beating or pounding and you can see, I am moving my body back and forth with the technique. Next technique is called quacking, thats with the hands pressed firmly together, the elbows out wide, and you get that duck quacking or air sound coming out between the hands. Next techniques are done from your iron horse or your side stance and those are wrapping, just done with the knuckles. Tapping, which is done with the tips of the fingers. Now, I like to say pretend that youre Jerry Lewis typing when youre doing tapping. Again, its from the wrist being loose. Next technique is cupping. Again, you want to get that air sound. Its like youre drinking water from your hand, you dont have a cup available, and doing this technique improperly, you may be doing whats called slapping, which can be used as well, and is a variation of the tapotement techniques. Next technique is whats referred to as pincing or pincement. This technique, the hand is thrown down and as it bounces back up you try to pinch the person, which you will not actually be able to do because your hand is bouncing back up, and also you have the lubricant on your hand, and on the persons skin. The tapotement techniques are intended to be stimulating and energizing. So, if you come home from work after a rough day, youre feeling really tired or lethargic; you can have this technique done on yourself or you can do likewise for your partner. Each tapotement technique should only be done for approximately 30-40 seconds, and when youre first starting out, you may notice that its very easy to lose your rhythm and your coordination, but that will come with practice.
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