Muscle Rolling

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Muscle rolling is a massage technique in the category of petrissage movements.

It is less commonly used than the other similar technique of skin rolling.

In general, petrissage movements involve compressing soft tissues (such as skin and muscle tissue) against each other and/or against the underlying bone or bones.

Muscle rolling is a technique by which pressure is applied to compress muscles laterally. It is a relatively advanced technique that can be used to stretch muscles and/or to stimulate circulation in the muscles treated.

Petrissage movements such as muscle rolling should not be applied to inflamed areas (incl. abdominal inflammations such as appendicitis), in cases of hernia, pregnancy, or intensively over recent muscle strains or scars.

Note: If in doubt about the safety of a massage movement don't perform it - seek advice from a tutor or other appropriately qualified person.


This section consists of short summaries about the classical massage movements. This list of massage techniques is not exhaustive. For more general information about massage see also:

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