Definitions for "Petrissage"
massage of the skin which is gently lifted and squeezed
consists of circular manipulations with shorter strokes - such as kneading, squeezing, pushing or grasping the muscle tissue. Petrissage can be performed with one or both hands, using the hand, the fingertips, thumb, forearm or knuckles. This type of stroke usually entails an increase in pressure, deeper than effleurage, which can become even deeper by using one hand to reinforce the other. Petrissage is generally used in the middle of massage treatments, after effleurage has been performed and the tissues are relaxed and warm. The response to petrissage can be both soothing and stimulating.
Involves squeezing, rolling and kneading the muscles and usually follows effleurage during Swedish massage.