effleurage


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effleurage

(ˌɛflɜːˈrɑːʒ)
n
(Complementary Medicine) a light stroking technique used in massage
vb
(Complementary Medicine) (intr) to massage using this movement
[C19: from French effleurer to stroke lightly]

effleurage

A gentle technique used in massage that involves stroking with the palms of the hands.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.effleurage - a rhythmic stroking; "effleurage of the abdomen is used in the Lamaze method of childbirth"
massage - kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation
Lamaze method, Lamaze method of childbirth - a method that prepares a mother for natural childbirth; the pregnant woman (in classes and at home) practices (usually with the help of a coach) and learns about the physiology of childbirth and techniques of relaxation, concentration, and breathing
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A primary effleurage stroke with a speed of 10-12 inches per 5 seconds was used.
For example, a woman might rhythmically stroke her abdomen, often called effleurage (Weatherspoon, 2011).
Toto involved the gentle, general massaging of children, using stroking and rubbing movements akin to effleurage.
A therapeutic touch called effleurage involves gentle stroking that may alleviate some discomfort by keeping the sensory nerves busy so that not all pain signals are transmitted.
It utilizes effleurage, a soft, continuous stroking movement applied with the fingers and palms in a slow and rhythmic manner; petrissage, a kneading movement that stimulates the underlying tissue; and friction which is a rubbing movement creating small circles with fingers and palms, pressure is maintained on the skin to create friction.
Swedish effleurage strokes, Chinese acupressure and Balinese massage techniques come together while lavender and geranium work their magic.
The therapeutic touch is mainly based on applying effleurage like rhythmical movements in the centripetal direction toward the heart, and along the anatomical projections of lymphatic vessel, as well as pump-like movements over the projections of lymph nodes.
Effleurage massage, muscle blood flow and long-term post-exercise strength recovery.
And as well as practicing her effleurage and petrissage, Bethan also learnt a number of bespoke techniques to relieve tension from her patients' lower spines.
It has 3 steps; first is effleurage in which long strokes are given, it starts from the spine and covers the whole back and shoulder.
Oncology massage is therefore largely limited to effleurage type massage using fingers and palms without any localised or intense pressure.
Although there was some overlap in techniques used, chiropractors primarily utilized manipulation and mobilization, physiotherapists used mostly ultrasound, electrical modalities and stretching and the massage therapists utilized mostly effleurage to the soft tissues.