Massage is to work and act on the body with pressure. Massage techniques are commonly applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet, or a device. The purpose of massage is generally for the treatment of body stress or pain. People who are professionally trained to give massages were traditionally known as masseurs or masseuses, but the term massage therapist has been promoted.
In alternative medicine, bodywork is any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy medicine. Bodywork techniques also aim to assess or improve posture, promote awareness of the "bodymind connection" rather than the "mind-body connection", or to manipulate the electromagnetic field surrounding the human body and affecting health.
In the context of massage, percussion is an equivalent term to "tapotement". Of these terms, "percussion" may be more immediately understood because it is the more descriptive in English. However, "tapotement" is the more technical massage term, and is equally descriptive because it is derived from the French verb "tapoter" which means "to tap, or pat".