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Effleurage

What is Effleurage Massage?

Massage therapists perform effleurage massage using fingertips, the front of the fingers, hands, forearms or even thumbs or elbows, depending on the desired pressure and effect. The fingertips or the backs of the fingers may be used for light “feathering” or “nerve strokes.” These strokes are intended to soothe or calm the nerves, and are often used at the beginning or end of a segment of massage during Swedish massages.

Benefits of Effleurage during Swedish Massage:

  • Blood and lymph circulation - studies have demonstrated that even gentle massage will dilate the superficial blood vessels and increase the rate of blood flow. Effleurage techniques are sometimes used to help improve circulation in people who are immobile
  • Reduce pain and anxiety - studies have demonstrated that massage therapy has an analgesic effect, possibly due to stimulating the nervous system to block pain signals. The overall relaxing and calming effects of massage can also reduce anxiety, which is often associated with a decrease in pain as well
  • Muscle rehabilitation associated with injuries or fatigue

Source:

Massageaholic. https://www.massageaholic.com. "Effleurage Defined." Accessed 4/9/20.

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