The Art of Massage
J. H. Kellogg, M.D.
CORRECT USE OF TERMS.
So much ignorance and incorrect usage prevails in
relation to the various terms employed in connection with massage and its
administration, that it will be worth while to devote a few lines to this
part of the subject, as no one thing is so suggestive of ignorance or proficiency
as the misuse or correct use of terms.
Massage is a noun, the literal meaning of
which is kneading, as a baker kneads bread. This word, like many other
terms relating to massage, is derived directly from the French. It retains
its French pronunciation, and is pronounced as though spelled mas-sahzh,
and not as though spelled massaj or massaje, which is so frequently heard.
Masser is a verb, meaning the act of applying
massage. It is pronounced as though spelled mas-say.- I masse; you
masse; he massees (pronounced as though spelled mas-sa-es).
Masseing is the present participle, and is
pronounced as though spelled mas-sa-ing. - I am masseing.
Masséed is the past participle, and
is pronounced as though spelled mas-sa-ed. - I masséed
a patient yesterday..
Masseur is pronounced very nearly as if spelled
mas-sur. The term is applied to a man who administers massage.
Masseuse is pronounced very nearly as if
spelled mas-suse. The term is applied to a woman who administers
Pétrissage is pronounced as though
spelled pa-tris-sahzh . It is a French term applied to deep kneading,
as distinguished from superficial kneading.
Tapotement is pronounced nearly as though
spelled tah-pote-mont, and indicates the act of percussion.
Effleurage is pronounced as though spelled
ef-flur-ahzh. It means light friction.
Centripetal, - toward the center. In relation
to massage, the term is applied to movements made in the direction of the
blood current in the veins.
Centrifugal, - from the center. This term is applied
to movements made from the heart, or in the direction of the arterial blood current.