What does effleurage mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. effleurage(noun)

    a rhythmic stroking

    "effleurage of the abdomen is used in the Lamaze method of childbirth"


  1. effleurage(Noun)

    A form of massage involving smooth strokes of the skin with one's hands.

  2. Origin: From effleurer


  1. Effleurage

    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 is basically a form of massage involving a circular stroking movement made with the palm of the hand. 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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of effleurage in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of effleurage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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