Pummelling is a percussion (also
known as tapotement)
During pummelling movements, the therapist's
hands are loosely clenched into fists with the thumbs kept flat against
the hand. The therapist's wrists are loose and both hands are used
to strike the body alternately - working up to a rate of approx. 6-10
contacts per second.
Pummelling is not always included in massages
and is often omitted from "holistic" and "aromatherapy" massages in favour
more gentle movements. It is not used when massaging children.
it is useful for toning muscles and for its invigorating effects - for
When applied, pummelling is
usually used on the buttocks and thigh area but is generally applicable
to the fleshy
- but not directly
over bony pertuberances, not over
surface (superficial) nerves, not over
paralysed muscles, and not during
If in doubt about the safety of a movement don't perform
it - seek advice from a tutor or medical professional.