by Daniel Laberge
Human grooming

Pressure grooming

Ninety percent of all  grooming is done using pressure strokes

Basic pressure grooming strokes

A pressure stroke in three steps

STEP 1

Placing a finger on skin for grooming

Place your finger on your skin

STEP 2

Putting pressure on the skin

Apply pressure for some time

STEP 3

Releasing the pressure

Release the pressure

How much pressure should you apply?

Nail marks vanishing in 10 minutes

Nail marks should vanish within 10 minutes.

If they don't. You're putting too much pressure.

Pressure grooming a deep skin cavity

Press your nail in as deeply as you can  without hurting yourself.

Use the nail or the fingertip?

USING THE NAIL

Pressure grooming with the nail

With your nail, you can split
skin deformations and dig deeply
into holes and cavities.

USING THE FINGERTIP

With your fingertip, the pressure  is  spread over a larger territory.

Groom without using your nails

Finger pressing stroke

Apply pressure.

Move your finger nearby.

Reapply pressure.

The jerk

Pull your nail out swiftly

At the end of your grooming stroke,
forcefully pull your nail out

Short and long pressure strokes

How long should each stroke last?

Short pressure strokes

Short pressure grooming strokes

With each stroke, you refine your aim for the best position to crush the skin defect.

Grooming skin formations with short pressure strokes

The skin formations that you want to crush are very complex structures.
You must find the best way to flatten them.

Long pressure strokes

When should you perform long pressure strokes?

You don't move during a long pressure stroke

Feeling the unfolding requires attentiveness

DON'T MOVE

Crushing skin formations with long pressure strokes

Hold the position for as long as you can, while maintaining the pressure.

Feeling what's inside your skin

Crushing internal skin structures

Beneath the surface of your skin

Your nails and fingertips are so sensitive that details on the surface of your skin feel like mountains and valleys.

Mapping your skin

You can't see what's inside  your skin,
but you can feel it with your fingers and nails.

Pecking your skin

Pecking your skin to form a map of what is beneath

You can map the inside of your skin

by pecking an area with pressure strokes.

When you discover pain

Attacking both the highest summits
and the lowest depressions

Grooming bumps and mounds

Nail searches for a bumby crossing

Your nail won't sink into the flesh when you're over a bump.
The skin is rigid and compact.

Pressure grooming a bump in the skin

Find the summit of a skin formation
and put pressure on it with your nail for several seconds.

Grooming holes and depressions

Nail searching for crossing

The nail has found the fold crossing

Your nail won't wander over your skin  for long before you encounter a cavity  or a hole.

Nail penetrating a fold crossing

Keep on searching until you find the deepest point.

Imaging cutaneous deformations

Imaging a fold crossing beneath the skin

Try to form a mental image of the skin  imperfection you're working on.

Crushing the structures

Compressed fold crossing

Skin flaws aren't made of steel.

They can't withstand the pressure of your nail.

Orienting your nail

Diagonal fold crossing

Match the angle with your nail.

Four finger pressure grooming

Using four finger grooming strokes gets the job done much faster.

Four finger pressure stroke

Four finger pressure stroke

More and more pressure

Uneven finger use

Two-handed pressure grooming

Single and four finger two-handed  pressure grooming strokes.

Two-handed single finger pressure strokes

Two handed single finger pressure grooming

The pressure from both hands is applied to one location.

Two-handed four finger pressure strokes

Two handed four finger pressure grooming

This eight-finger line-up is very effective.

Placing a finger on skin for grooming
Putting pressure on the skin
Releasing the pressure
Nail marks vanishing in 10 minutes
Pressure grooming a deep skin cavity
Pecking your skin to form a map of what is beneath
Pressure grooming a bump in the skin
Two handed single finger pressure grooming
Two handed four finger pressure grooming