Thumbby Techniques

Definitions

Kneading

Kneading (moving the massager back and forth on a spot or area) is a basic Thumbby™ technique. It is often used for cross-fiber massage. 

    1. Put the point, slope, shoulder, or base of the Thumbby™ massager on a muscle. 
    2. Move the massager back and forth over the spot. If using the point gives too much pressure, use the slope or shoulder of the massager instead.
    3. Put the base on a large muscle or tendon and move the massager to gently stretch the tissue.

    Circling

    Circling can be done either of these ways: Put the point of the massager on a spot and pivot the massager around the stationary point; or put the point on a spot and move the point of the massager on and around the spot. 

      1. Put the point of the Thumbby™ massager on a muscle. 
      2. Move the massager in a circle on and around the spot. If using the point gives too much pressure, use the slope or shoulder of the massager instead.

      Walking

      Walking uses a rocking motion to press a line of points along a muscle or tendon, 

        1. Put the point of the Thumbby™ massager on a muscle.
        2. Press the massager into the muscle.
        3. With a rocking motion, roll off the point and advance the massager a short way to the next spot on the muscle.
        4. Roll onto the point of the massager.
        5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 until you have massaged the muscle.

        Rolling

        Use rolling on areas with a thin layer of muscle or tendon over bone where the massage pressure needs to be diffused rather than concentrated.  

          1. Put the slope of the Thumbby™ massager on the area.
          2. Use the shoulder of the massager to roll the slope back and forth across the area.