This comes from the French word, tapoter, meaning “to tap or drum.” Therapists refer to this as the percussion stroke.
Tapotement is the rapid, percussive tapping, slapping and cupping of the massaged area. It is used to more aggressively work and strengthen deep-tissue muscles. It increases local blood circulation and can even help tone muscle areas.
Tapotement is often used to warm-up athletes before an event.
Because of the tapping nature, don’t use this technique over bony areas or sensitive muscles. Do not use over the kidneys, the spine or the back of the knee. If you have questions, always consult a physician before using.