This message type can best be described as soft manipulation with the muscles. Petrissage (rubbing), frictions, a grip we call "scissoring" for the normal wellness European massage. And a "hello body" with an effleurage (soft strokes up the back ex) to begin with.
It all comes down to one thing only; loosen the muscles soft and tender in a relaxing comforting way so the customer (yes it is a customer, not a client! We deal with healthy persons, they are not clients!!) can have a nice hour of relaxation. Often they fall asleep. Something we have been debating a lot when we where students. Personally I feel it as a compliment. I do my job and the customer can get a short nap.
I don't do full body massage. I take one part at a time to have the time to loosen whatever is tensed on that part. Often a leg massage for people working in jobs where they stand/walk a lot (or sportsmen ex. runners) or the most popular the back massage.
The back massage is often started with a 스웨디시 (European massage) to get the customer to relax completely; they can be very stressed and need to relax a little so I can do my job.
The actual back massage starts with an effleurage where I distribute the lotion. I use lotion not oils because I need some friction so I can hold on the muscles. If the body has a layer of oil on it I can't hold on to the muscles and my job will be much harder to do. And with a poor result!
If possible the tone in the muscle is lowered by the negative feedback function between the tendon tene and the muscle by pressing on the tendon before actually working on the muscle.
All grips are working under the skin moving the skin with the hands while working in the muscles. If you rub your hands over the skin you lose the feeling in your fingertips. You can try to rub your fingertips over your arm/leg for 10-15 sec and try to feel what is under the skin and you will find that you have lost a lot of the feelings at your fingertips. Some of the common grips are working by holding one part of the muscle with one hand and pushing with the other hand. Some grips are pushing down in the muscles with your fingertips (normally 8 working with two hands, if working with one hand (can be on the calf ex) 4 fingertips). The pressure is used on small muscle parts if needed.
One thing to remember at all times. No pain or hard pressure; it's not necessary to get the job done!
All grips are working under the skin moving the skin with the hands while working in the muscles. If you rub your hands over the skin you will lose the feeling at your fingertips.