What is Russian massage?
Russian massage is a massage therapy
technique developed in the former Soviet Union. It’s most often classified as a
sports massage. Russian massage is sometimes referred to as connective tissue
massage, point massage, or reflexology massage, depending on the techniques
used during treatment.
Russian massage techniques are similar to
most sports massage practices, but they involve slower, softer motions. Russian
massages focus on the use of friction to generate heat within the body. The
masseuse combines this with vibration to ease muscle pain and stiffness. It
also relieves mental stress.
What is the purpose of Russian massage?
A Russian massage relaxes the muscles.
Massage therapists use a combination of kneading, slapping, and vibration
techniques. The focus is on parts of the body that experience or cause pain.
Practitioners of Russian massage believe that it improves functioning of the
nervous system, immune system, and respiratory system.
What are the benefits of Russian massage?
Russian massages treat all areas of the body.
The main purpose is to reduce tension in the muscles. It also works to improve
the circulation in the body. This can impact a patient's ability to breathe,
digest, and heal properly.
Many patients experience an increased range
of motion and metabolism after therapy, as well as decreased muscle fatigue.
Russian massage may occur in combination with other medical practices to heal a
specific disease, condition, or injury.
Almost anyone may benefit from Russian
massage. It’s common among athletes. It has also been used to try to help
symptoms of skin disease, blood disorders, acute stomach pains, and other
Consult with a doctor to see if Russian
massage can be used in combination with or alone as treatment for your
What happens during Russian massage?
Russian massage techniques can vary from one
massage therapist to another. The main techniques are divided into four main
groups: stroking, rubbing, kneading, and vibration.
Russian massage includes range of motion
exercises that are uncommon in other massage techniques. These practices target
unused areas of the body and are similar to the stretching practices in yoga.
Most distinctively, Russian massage involves
a slapping technique known as "percussion,” which loosens muscular