Plucking is a percussion (also
known as tapotement)
During the plucking movement, the therapist's
fingers are outstretched and tissue is
picked-up between the thumb and
fingers by the thumb closing onto the fingers (a movement that may resembe
the action of birds' beaks opening and closing).
Both hands are used
to quickly but briefly lift tissue in this way. The hands are normally
used alternately and in rapid succession. The tissue is released
after it has been lifted briefly using this light movement, in which
the tissue is not gripped too hard - no marks should remain from from
these "tissue lifts".
The rate of a plucking movement may vary according to where on
the body it is applied, the client, and the purpose of the treatment.
This movement is generally applicable to the fleshy parts of the body
- but not directly
over very bony areas, not over surface (superficial) nerves, not over
paralysed muscles, and not during pregnancy.
If in doubt about the safety of a movement, even qualified therapists shouldn't
perform it - but should seek further expert/medical advice.