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Petrissage

The word petrissage derives from the French word 'p?trir' which means to knead. The massage technique petrissage is applied using pressure to target the underlying deeper structures and to compress the muscles. Petrissage is more of an umbrella term as it consists of a number of movements and not just one such as kneading, skin rolling, wringing, picking up and squeezing. All these movements are used with the specialist's palms, fingers and thumbs.





Petrissage massage techniqueAbove: Petrissage massage technique



Who can Petrissage help?



Petrissage can help any individual that may have an ongoing issue or may need the petrissage techniques as part of a pain management programme. The overall goal of petrissage is to penetrate the superficial layers and target the deeper tissues in order to increase the circulation to the muscles in preparation for an athletic event or to target knots within the muscles. The use of petrissage should not be painful when being performed or after the massage as the specialists at Liverpool Physio are well trained and experienced in performing such techniques in a correct manner.

It can also help:-
  • Athletes of all levels
  • Individuals in sedentary occupations
  • Pain management
  • Post event
  • Pre event
  • Chronic pain
  • Post workout
  • Relaxation
  • Tight muscles
  • Delayed onset muscle soreness




Kneading massage technique applied to bicep femoris and semitendinosus muscleAbove: Kneading massage technique applied to bicep femoris and semitendinosus muscle



The benefits of petrissage



As petrissage consists of many techniques there are a considerable amount of benefits that accompany it in massage. The techniques can either be superficial or deep and can be performed on all areas of the body.

One of the main benefits of petrissage is that in helps in increasing circulation which can be beneficial to health and can be useful in health related disorders.

Other benefits include:-
  • Removes fatigue
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Reduces tension
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Stimulates the nervous system




Kneading massage technique applied to Latissimus dorsi and erector spinae musclesAbove: Kneading massage technique applied to Latissimus dorsi and erector spinae muscles



How petrissage works



Petrissage is usually used after effleurage has been completed and has sufficiently warmed up the superficial tissues. By using effleurage to stimulate the superficial structures petrissage is then successfully applied with more of a benefit. The specialist will apply different motions depending on what type of massage is being applied. For instance a deeper touch bearing the individuals needs in mind would be applied in a Swedish massage. Bigger motions can then be applied that concentrates on removing waste products that have been built up for whatever reason, for example participating in intense workout. By using petrissage and its components it can help to stretch and broaden the muscle fibres which may have become tight as a result of lack of stretching or over exertion.





Rolling massage technique on trapezius muscleAbove: Rolling massage technique on trapezius muscle



Summary



Overall the use of petrissage is an important and beneficial part of any massage as it incorporates many techniques that targets different structures. Petrissage is usually applied after the tissues have been systematically warmed up by the use of effleurage. This helps to gain more of a beneficial effect leading on to a sense of wellbeing and relaxation.

How to book an appointment

For more information regarding petrissage or to arrange an appointment with one of our specialist then you can email us at office@liverpoolphysio.co.uk or call 0151 558 0077.

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