By: Michael Manion Viewed: 12/13/2018
Topics/Keywords: #Effleurage #SwedishMassage Page Views: 1706
All about the Effleurage movement of Swedish Massage.

What is 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.

Effleurage 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 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:

  1. Ethereal or aura strokes
  2. Feathering, or nerve-stroking
  3. Superficial effleurage
  4. Deeper effleurage

These may all differ in length of stroke and the pressure applied.

Effleurage Techniques