- a delicate stroking motion in massage.
Origin of effleurage
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- a light stroking technique used in massage
- (intr) to massage using this movement
C19: from French effleurer to stroke lightly
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Word Origin and History for effleurage
1886, from French effleurage, from effleurer "to touch lightly."
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