Effleurage refers to a massage techniques that involves long, soothing strokes that are often associated with Swedish massages. Relax muscle fibers with help from a massage therapist in this free video on effleurage massage.
Hi, I'm Gretchen Rivas with Relax! Massage Therapy in Wilmington, North Carolina and today, we're going to talk about effleurage and some tips on how to do it well. The things we need for this are a table, oil and some space. When you're working with effleurage, basically, all that means is that you're doing long, soothing strokes with most, mostly Swedish massage. You want to use a little bit of oil. You don't need to use a lot and effleurage is part of those strokes that you use to apply the oil to begin with. So, it's going to be with long smoothing strokes. They're soothing to the body and help the muscle fiber to relax so you can get in there and do deeper work later if that's what you're trying to do. With effleurage you want to get in there and just stroke through and do long strokes, oftentimes the one that runs with the, the muscle fibers. You can go around the scapula while you're doing the back. The trick with most, you know, with effeurage in general, what I have found that makes a better massage is to make sure that you're constantly flowing with it. If you're going from one side of the body to the other, keep contact with it as you move around and keep your hands moving and stroking and soothing. And that's how you do nice effleurage massage.