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effleurage

 [ef″loo͡-rahzh´] (Fr.)
stroking movement in massage. During childbirth, a light circular stroke of the lower abdomen, done in rhythm to control breathing, to aid in relaxation of the abdominal muscles, and to increase concentration during a uterine contraction. The stroking is accomplished by moving the wrist only. Concentrating on the coordination of stroking and breathing is believed to block out some of the sensations created by the contracting uterus.
Effleurage.

ef·fleu·rage

(e-flĕr-ahzh'),
A stroking movement in massage.
[Fr. effleurer, to touch lightly]

effleurage

/ef·fleu·rage/ (ef″loo-rahzh´) [Fr.] a stroking movement in massage.

effleurage

[ef′ləräzh′]
Etymology: Fr, skimming the surface
a technique in massage in which long, light, or firm strokes are used, usually over the spine and back. Fingertip effleurage is a light technique performed with the tips of the fingers in a circular pattern over one part of the body or in long strokes over the back or an extremity. Fingertip effleurage of the abdomen is a technique commonly used in the Lamaze method of natural childbirth. Compare pétrissage, rolling effleurage.
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Effleurage

effleurage

Massage
Massage therapy in which the therapist employs long, slow, rhythmic, light and heavy pressure strokes from the fingertips, thumbs, knuckles and palms. Effleurage may be combined by some therapists with aromatherapy.

ef·fleu·rage

(ef-lūr-ahzh')
A form of massage consisting of superficial or deep long, unbroken strokes in which the hand conforms the surface and follows the fiber direction of underlying structures.
See also: pétrissage
[Fr. effleurer, to touch lightly]

effleurage (ef·flerˑ·aj),

n a mild massage technique; consists of superficial manual movements moving away from the heart to encourage relaxation as well as deep manual movements toward the heart to aid circulation.

effleurage

[Fr.] stroking movement in massage.