A percussion massage involves a tapping or ‘karate chop’ motion that releases tension in the muscles. This type of massage is best performed by a massage therapist but nowadays there are many portable massagers that emulate a percussion massage.
There are two main types of percussion massage: cupping and hacking
Cupping is performed with your palms facing downwards, forming a hollow curve. When you bring your cupped hands down to the body in rapid succession, a vacuum is created which is released when you bring your hands up. You will hear a hollow cupping sound.
What’s Great about Hacking massage strokes
Hacking is a well known massage stroke that most people have seen in films. This technique involves holding your hands over the body with the palms facing each other with thumbs up. You then flick your hands up and down rapidly. This can be used at the end of a session to wake the person up.
Flicking is similar to hacking and can be described as ‘finger hacking’. For this technique, do the following; flex your wrists slightly and bring the sides of your fingers into contact with the body (but don’t use the edge of your hands). Flicking is a lighter and softer movement than hacking.
Beating and pounding movements are applied with your hands in a closed position with your fists lightly clenched. These movements should be applied fairly rapidly.