beat (in massage)


Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin
After a whole day' work, i was tired and my neck hurt, i wanted to relax the muscle on my neck. so i asked someone to hit my neck with his hand. it didn't like a massage because it was not a rubbing movement.

can i say "beat my neck a little hard"? Does the usage of beat in this sentence have a another meaning that hit my neck seriously or bruised my neck?

  • flyingheart

    Senior Member
    Chinese - Mandarin
    I think it's okay to say beat in this context, but tap may be a better word. You asked him to give you more forceful taps on your neck so it could relax.
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    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I've seen people describe this kind of massage as pummeling. I am not certain, however, whether this is the way masseurs would describe it, since normally pummeling refers to beating someone with the intention of causing pain.


    Senior Member
    Chinese - Mandarin
    For your reference:

    SWEDISH MASSAGE uses soothing, tapping and kneading strokes to work the entire body, relieving muscle tension and loosening sore joints. Swedish massage therapists use five basic strokes, which anyone can learn and use on themselves and others. They are effleurage (stroking); petrissage (muscles are lightly grabbed and lifted); friction (thumbs and fingertips work in deep circles into the thickest part of muscles); tapotement (chopping, beating, and tapping strokes); and vibration (fingers are pressed or flattened firmly on a muscle, then the area is shaken rapidly for a few seconds).
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