Technique

^^ The therapist's stance depends on the direction of movement - walk standing (one foot in front of the other) if working top to bottom, stride standing (feet apart) if working from side to side.

^^ The hands must be warm, relaxed and supple; they may mould and adapt to the contours of the body but this is not always so.

^ The wrists must be very flexible and loose.

^^ The movement can be performed in any direction.

The pressure is selected at the commencement of the stroke and maintained throughout the stroke. This pressure may be light to moderate for a relaxing massage, or firm and heavy for a vigorous massage.

The movements must be rhythmical with continuous flow.

^^ The hands may or may not be lifted off the part at the end of the stroke.

The whole of the palmar surface of the hand, fingers and thumb may remain in contact with the part, or the fingers only may be used.

The hands usually work alternately, one hand commencing a stroke as the other reaches the end.

The hands may work in opposite directions if working across the back, one beginning on the right side, the other on the left side, then crossing the back. Stroking is frequently performed from the nape of the neck to the base of the spine, or transversely across the abdomen, back or thigh.

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