Effleurage, a French word meaning "to skim" or "to touch lightly on", is a series of massage strokes used in Swedish massage to warm up the muscle before deep tissue work using petrissage.

This is a soothing, stroking movement used at the beginning and the end of the facial and/or body massage. It is also used as a linking move between the different strokes and movements.

Effleurage can be firm or light without dragging the skin and is performed using either the padded parts of the finger tips or the palmar surface of the hands, and works as a mechanical pump on the body to encourage venous and lymphatic return. It consists of four sub-categories:

# Ethereal or aura strokes
# Feathering, or nerve-stroking
# Superficial effleurage
# Deeper effleurage

See also

* Swedish massage
* Petrissage
* Tapotement

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  • effleurage — [ eflɶraʒ ] n. m. • 1723; de effleurer 1 ♦ Techn. Action d effleurer (les peaux, les cuirs). 2 ♦ (1901) Massage léger agissant sur les tissus superficiels. ● effleurage nom masculin Action d effleurer les cuirs. Massage léger et superficiel dont… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • effleurage — 1886, from Fr. effleurage, from effleurer to touch lightly …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Effleurage — Die Massage [maˈsaːʒə] (von frz. masser „massieren“, aus arab. مس „berühren; betasten“ oder aus griech. μάσσω „kauen; kneten“) dient zur mechanischen Beeinflussung von Haut, Bindegewebe und Muskulatur durch Dehnungs , Zug und Druckreiz. Die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • effleurage — /ef leuh rahzh /, n. a delicate stroking motion in massage. [1885 90; < F, equiv. to effleur(er) (to) stroke as one would a flower (i.e., lightly; see EF , FLOWER) + age AGE] * * * …   Universalium

  • effleurage — noun A form of massage involving smooth strokes of the skin with ones hands …   Wiktionary

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