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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.
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The effleurage technique involves long, light or firm strokes over the spine and back.
It begins with a sweeping effleurage, working towards the heart to warm and prepare the skin for the subsequent, somewhat rougher, strokes.
Teaching relaxation, breathing, and effleurage at the same time can be too much for these families.
Other massage techniques such as effleurage and compression aim to improve soft tissue blood supply and further increase tissue elasticity.
Various strokes such as, effleurage, petrissage, tapotement and frictions have been developed from Swiss massage.
The technique of infant massage is based on four basic principles, namely: effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, and friction.
EFFLEURAGE Effleurage is where the masseur begins stroking the muscle tissues and putting massage oil on the skin.
This type of massage includes three classical movements to energise and stimulate blood flow: effleurage, a soothing, sweeping stroke; petrissage, basically grabbing hold of a handful of flesh and kneading; and tapotement - tapping, chopping and cupping.
Or, even more yeukky, that effleurage was a kind of nasty growth on sewage.
Following the example above, people of Kapha nature who tend to be stocky, muscular, carry a little more weight and tend toward lethargy benefit from deep tissue massage which is more stimulating while gentle massage strokes like effleurage or polarity can add to their already sedate nature.
Effleurage is a gentle stroking technique that provides distraction and may alleviate some discomfort by occupying sensory nerves so that all the pain signals are not transmitted.
The effects of effleurage backrub on the physiological components of relaxation: A meta-analysis.