Definition of effleurage in English:


Syllabification: ef·fleu·rage
Pronunciation: /ˌefləˈräZH


  • A form of massage involving a circular stroking movement made with the palm of the hand.
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    • ‘Facials are very relaxing as they involve stroking movements and effleurage and the massage goes around the shoulders and the back or the neck,’ she said.
    • There are five basic terms describing different massage maneuvers, vibration, tapotement, petrissage, effleurage and friction (small range intensive stroking).
    • These massages fuse elements of French effleurage, Japanese shiatsu and Chinese acupressure.


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  • Massage with a circular stroking movement: effleurage the shoulders and press gently
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    • Oil your hands and effleurage the whole leg.
    • Approximately 20-30 min can be spent effleuraging the posterior side of the body and 10-15 min effleuraging the front of the legs and the arms.


late 19th century: from French, from effleurer 'skim the surface, stroke lightly', literally 'remove the flower or “outer beauty” of (something)'.

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