Definition of tapotement in English:



  • Rapid and repeated striking of the body as a technique in massage.

    • ‘To apply tapotement, use the knife-edge side of the hand and keep the wrist loose.’
    • ‘In doing tapotement, the hands must not be raised more than an inch from the patient's body.’
    • ‘Tapotement along the muscle produces a series of similar local contractions although there is no apparent movement.’
    • ‘Five basic strokes, effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body.’
    • ‘There are five basic terms describing different massage maneuvers: vibration, tapotement, petrisage, effleurage and friction (small range intensive stroking).’


Late 19th century: French, from tapoter to tap.