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Recommendations for the presentation are provided by members of the Expert Council

Do not lean on the table with your hips, due to a non-working hand. It is allowed to use techniques ‘away from yourself’ and ‘to yourself’. We suggest demonstrating the largest number of options for each type of technique. Maintain constant body contact. Oil may be used.

When stroking, you can cross the spine, perform techniques in different directions.

Do not perform beating techniques in the joints, kidneys.

It is not desirable to put a non-working hand on the hips of the model. Do not open the towel below the beginning of the intergluteal cleft. Non-massaged body parts should be covered.


At suspicion of violation of contraindications, requirements and rules of the contest, the participant will be disqualified.

General recommendations

To achieve the greatest effect, massage should be performed with maximum muscle relaxation. A comfortable position of the parts of the body that do not cause muscle tension, as well as a comfortable posture of massage therapist that does not cause fatigue are important.

During the session, the patient’s part of the body, on which the massage is performed, should be naked. Areas, that are not currently massaged, should be covered if possible. It is allowed to place rollers, pillows, fix the patient by a massage therapist. It is possible to use oil in the required amount and not much.

The massage procedure consists of three sections: introductory, basic and final. The introductory part consists of stroking techniques. At the beginning of the main part it is necessary to warm the muscles by rubbing the skin. After the rubbing add the fulling technique. Thus, the main part of the massage consists of a combination of stroking, rubbing and fulling. In the final part, if necessary, perform beating and vibration techniques or the stroking to finish massage.

Massage techniques should be selected taking into account personalized approach.


During the massage it won’t be enough to maintain a constant body contact. Try to keep body contact with your client at all times. Touch is a technique that provides the reverse movement of massage therapist’s hand or allows maintaining contact with the patient when massage therapist is moving around massage table.


Stroking is a manipulation when the massaging hand slides on the skin without moving it into folds, with varying degrees of pressure.

Stroking after each technique is not advisable. It is recommended to perform periodically during the massage as transitional techniques connecting the massage. Stroking can be performed simultaneously, alternately in different directions, but mainly following the massage lines on the near and far side. The stroking can cross the line of the spine.


Rubbing is performed with greater intensity and depth than stroking with the formation and displacement of skin folds. The task is to rub and heat the massaged area. Techniques should be performed without changing the speed during the techniques, without pushing, pressing, or quickly ending the technique, bringing it to the entire area being massaged.

Rubbing can be performed in different directions, with or without movement on the skin, on your own side, or vice versa. You cannot cross the spine line except the areas of segments C7 and S1-S5.

You can use your forearms when stroking and rubbing.


Fulling should be performed on the most relaxed muscle or set of muscles. Fulling can be performed on your own side, or vice versa. It is desirable to demonstrate the implementation of the largest number of options for fulling techniques, including pressing.

We recommended to perform the techniques with the maximum displacement of the skin and muscle folds and the minimum skin sliding (small amplitude of movements), except for pressing.

Beating and vibration techniques

Performed alternately, with relaxed wrists. The shake is performed simultaneously by hands. Shakes of limbs with fixation in the joint. Beating is not performed in the kidneys, joints (spine) and bone spines. All techniques can be performed with different amplitude and frequency.


Evaluation criteria

Appearance, observance of sanitary-hygienic and moral-ethical norms 0 – 5 points for each point (up to 15 points)

  • Clothing, aseptics, ethics
  • Equipment, design, record quality
  • Pace


Massage therapist ergonomics 0-6 models 0 – 4 points

Execution of techniques 0 – 5 each point (to 75 points)

stroking, rubbing, felling, beating, vibration

technique, efficiency, variety, safety are estimated

Maximum 100 pints


Clothing: General appearance should be neat. No long nails. The hair should be tidy, pulled back. No jewelry, watches and other things interfering with massage session. Attentive, polite, patient, tactful attitude. Change of clothes. Suit, bathrobe, preferably cotton. Clothing should be loose, but when working it shouldn’t touch the body of the person being massaged. Color does not matter. Second pair of comfortable shoes.


Hand wash before massage: washing with special antiseptics, wipes. Observance of hygiene rules regarding equipment and working tools. Contact with the floor, sheets, towels is not allowed…


Before massage session, the massage therapist is obliged to set the height of his massage table, arrange the equipment to make his work convenient and balanced.


Additional solutions for the workplace are allowed, taking into account hygienic norms. Availability of rugs, disposable linen, hats, towels. Covering the model should comply with moral and ethical standards. Unreasonable distractions, conversations during massage are not recommended.


Work at a pace according to the goals and objectives of the technique, the type of massage. Observance of the allotted time.


The evaluation takes into account the position and movement of the massage therapist along the table when performing massage techniques. It is desirable to demonstrate the ability to use the ergonomics of a massage therapist, work with the whole body, relaxation. Properly distribute weight and load. Do not ‘overplay’. Pay attention to breathing.

When evaluating the ergonomics of the model, its position and convenience are taken into account. Posing, location of body parts, use of additional equipment, use of rollers, arm boards, headrests.



Performance of techniques

When evaluating the performance of massage techniques each item and technique is rated from 0 to 5 points.

The total amount is up to 20 (for stroking 15) points.

– technically correct performance of techniques (location, hand movements, depth, pace of impact)

– direction: the proper execution of movement of hands is estimated (direction, performance pf technique)

– sequence. Adherence to the proper massage procedure, alternation of techniques.


proper execution of techniques for solving the tasks raised before them (relaxation, warming up) within the necessary limits and no more. Number of technique repetitions.


demonstration of the largest number of options for performing types of techniques (planar movements, hands, the use of different parts of the hands, with a load, a variety of beating and vibration techniques) is expected


Performing techniques without the possibility of psycho-physical injuries. Attention to possible individual reactions from the model. Dosage.