Skin Rolling

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

It is the most common rolling movement used in massage, the other similar technique is muscle 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. Skin rolling is a technique by which the skin is lifted and rolled between the fingers and thumbs of both hands.

This massage manipulation is commonly used on the abdomen, thighs, and back. It can also be used - with appropriate care - around some joints.

Petrissage movements such as skin rolling should not be applied in certain circumstances such as:

  • to any inflamed areas (incl. abdominal inflammations such as appendicitis)
  • in cases of hernia
  • during 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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