Born out of long standing massage techniques, Russian Sports Massage was perfected during the height of the Soviet Union. Well funded and scientifically researched during this time, the Russian health community came to depend on this massage style for treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, neurological, gynecological, internal disorders, and in post-surgical situations.
Russian massage is based on the physiology of a dysfunction rather than on anatomy as the principal guideline for treatment. The massage is characterized by four main techniques:
1) Petrissage: This massage style is characterized by applied pressure using the palm of the hand deep within the muscles, causing a compression of the underlying muscles. Typically this is done through a series of motions including kneading, wrinking, skin rolling and pick up and squeeze motions.
2) Effleurage: This style of massage is characterized by either a light or firm touch in which the practitioner drags along the skin. Finger and hand motions in effleurage works as a mechanical pumps to encourage venous and lymphatic return by starting the end of an extremity and pushing back towards the heart.
3)Friction Massage: This style of massage is characterized by a quick rubbing action that works to maintain the mobility within the soft tissue structures of ligament, tendon, and muscle and prevent adherent scars from forming.
4) Vibration Work: This technique is characterized by a continuous-motion stroke ranging from very fact to very slow. The therapy involves the application of vibration to the body. This vibration is thought to promote recovery from a variety of physical ailments.
Russian massage is generally considered less invasive than many other methods, leaving patients to feel more relaxed and rejuvenated after the session, which typically last anywhere from 30 minutes to a little more than an hour.
Next time you consider massage therapy for your physical or stress-induced ailments, consider Russian massage as a transformative healing process. Sign up for our newsletter and take advantage of monthly specials and get the inside information on staying well and living better.