Lifting is a massage technique in the category
of petrissage movements.
It is also known by other terms such as "Picking Up".
In general, petrissage movements involve compressing soft tissues (such
as skin and muscle tissue) against each other and/or against
the underlying bone/s.
Lifting is a technique by which tissues are compressed
against their underlying structure/s, then lifted, squeezed, and released.
This series of manipulations is best performed in a controlled rhythmic
way that is not too rapid. Lifting is usually a single-handed action
in which the thumb is one component and the medial two or three fingers
other component of the grasp on the tissues being treated. The cleft
between the thumb and index finger of the therapist's hand remains in contact
the client's skin to maintain the depth of the effect and to prevent
Petrissage movements should not be applied to any inflamed areas (incl.
abdominal inflammations such as appendicitis), in cases of hernia, pregnancy,
or intensively over recent muscle strains or scars.
If in doubt about the safety of a movement don't perform it - seek advice
from a tutor or medical professional.