Wringing is a massage technique in the category
of petrissage movements.
In general, petrissage movements involve compressing soft tissues (such
as skin and muscle tissue) against each other and/or against
the underlying bone/s.
In the case of wringing, the soft tissues
are compressed against their underlying structures before they are lifted. The
lifted tissue is then pulled gently away from the underlying structures
using the fingers of one hand, while the thumb of the other hand gently
pushes the tissue back towards the underlying structures.
In the cases of smaller areas of tissue, only the tips of the therapist's
fingers and thumbs need be used to perform wringing movements.
The larger the areas to be worked, the more of the therapist's hands
are used to wring tissues effectively.
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.