slow stroking

slow stroking

a therapeutic massage technique of slow continuous movement of the hands over the paravertebral areas along the spine from the cervical through the lumbar region. Usually a lubricant is applied to the skin, and the index and middle fingers are used to stroke both sides of the spinal column simultaneously. Also called effleurage.
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For the first 15 minutes the subjects were in a supine position for massage in the following four regions: (1) head/neck - slow lateral stroking of forehead, followed by long and slow stroking from the neck across the shoulders and from the shoulders to the neck; (2) arms/hands - long and slow stroking from above the shoulder to beyond the hand, followed by individual stroking of each hand; (3) torso - placing the hand gently on the solar plexus (base of chest) and adding a gentle rocking motion; and (4) legs/feet - long, slow stroking from the hip to beyond the foot, followed by stroking each foot.