Percussion, Vibration, Stretches and Mobilisations

This 1-day workshop focuses on the most neglected massage techniques of the common massage repertoire (which are often underused or done poorly). It’s designed to open your eyes (and your hands) to the rich range of possibilities of these techniques which need to be part of every practitioner’s toolkit

This hands-on day covers a variety of each of these types of techniques (while also alerting you to common poor practices to avoid). We’ll focus on how to:

  • use each technique most effectively – in ways that are easiest on the practitioner’s hands (and arms) and most acceptable for the client
  • feel your way with the client’s soft tissues and tensions, and monitor and adapt to their responses
  • vary from energising and enlivening the tissues to more sedating applications, and from using them lightly to working deeply on specific tension areas
  • incorporate them smoothly into massage treatments to match the flavour of the rest of the session.

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Unfortunately, percussion has a poor reputation because it’s often applied in a stiff, mechanical way. So we’ll cover the important principles of using percussion techniques most effectively, so that they are easiest for the practitioner (to avoid fatiguing your arms and hands or straining your back) and most acceptable for the client. You’ll learn to use many different parts of your hands in a fluid, comfortable way for the rich range of effects that percussion can deliver – from sedating to energising (this is very useful when a client needs to return to work after a session), focusing on small or large areas, and enlivening superficial muscles or working more deeply into areas of tension (without bruising the client).

We’ll cover a range of vibration techniques that ‘shake and tremour’ muscles – somewhat like a mechanical massage machine (but in more varied ways and with sensitivity).

Stretches and mobilisations enhance the effects of working directly on the muscles – by expanding the client’s flexibility.

This group of techniques can enhance the effects of the more ‘classic’ massage techniques. They offer clients a dynamic sense of their bodies (which is very useful to counterbalance the common experience of stiffening up through sedentary jobs and with stress). They enable the practitioner to give their hands a break from the demanding work of pressing, grabbing, squeezing and kneading, while helping to deliver an effective treatment. 

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