Massage therapy techniques. There are a few different massage therapy techniques that are commonly used again and again in a Swedish massage. One of them is tapotement where you do karate like chopping along the muscle. You usually want to get a good rhythm going, then there is gliding strokes. Tapotement is generally done without any lotion. Gliding strokes you would need to apply lotion. Broad strokes, petrissage where you actually pick up the muscle, kneading, static compression and friction as well as stripping which you can use your thumbs or elbow, avoiding bony surfaces. Another demonstration of petrissage where you are picking up the muscle belly. This technique is commonly used on legs and arms.