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Effluerage

Joanna Dunn Feb 18, 2014

Effluerage originates around 1885-90 from the French word, effleur, meaning “to stroke as one would a flower” (i.e., lightly).  In massage, this is the opening massage technique and it is used to relax and warm up the muscles by using a gliding stroke.

Effluerage is a soothing motion, often done in circular motions over the skin.  Variation in rhythm or speed of the motion may produce relaxing sensations when performed slowly with light pressure and pain-relieving when performed more quickly with stronger pressure.  Effleurage is intended to be a light massage; however, different pressures can stimulate the skin: stronger pressure improves circulation and a combination of light and more intense pressure creates a soothing, pain-relieving massage.

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