Light or deep - Gliding motion over the skin. Maintains contact and directs the stroke towards the heart. Transitional.
Circular manipulations - kneading, squeezing, pushing, grasping. One or both hands. Soothing response.
Hacking, pinching, pummeling, tapping, or cupping. Brief, repetitive contact. Stimulating or sedating
Static compression applied to an adhered tissue mass (knot) or trigger point with the thumb or fingertips. Creates hyperemia (blood rush)
Breaks down connective tissue (scar tissue) or adhesions. Pressure directed across the muscle fibers helps to spread the fibers apart.