Using unscented massage oil, each area was massaged for 4 minutes using typical Swedish techniques (2-min effleurage
, 40-s wringing, 40-s kneading, and 40-s tapotement).
Touch conveyed to the woman a "message of caring, of comfort, of wanting to be with her and to help her." The most commonly reported types of touch during childbirth included effleurage
, holding hands, back rubs, and massage.
I could barely force myself to lead Kristy through the "Hee-Hee-Ha-Ha" breathing exercises which the Lamaze teacher insisted would help my partner to manage her pain, nor could I flutter my fingertips across her back or arms, a technique which our bandanna-wearing, ruddy cheeked teacher called "effleurage
" and then assured us ("us" being husbands and boyfriends) that the distraction of a light touch could be, not only romantic, but would help our partners (our partners being wives and girlfriends) to remain calm and focused.
A primary effleurage
stroke with a speed of 10-12 inches per 5 seconds was used.
Massage therapy (MT), one of the complementary and alternative treatments, is defined as a therapeutic manipulation by trained therapists using the hands or a mechanical device, in which numerous specific and general techniques are often used in sequence, such as effleurage
, petrissage, and percussion .
For example, a woman might rhythmically stroke her abdomen, often called effleurage
Toto involved the gentle, general massaging of children, using stroking and rubbing movements akin to effleurage
. It was performed on infants and children by the women of the tribe, and was considered a vital part of the child's development.
A therapeutic touch called effleurage
involves gentle stroking that may alleviate some discomfort by keeping the sensory nerves busy so that not all pain signals are transmitted.
It utilizes effleurage
, a soft, continuous stroking movement applied with the fingers and palms in a slow and rhythmic manner; petrissage, a kneading movement that stimulates the underlying tissue; and friction which is a rubbing movement creating small circles with fingers and palms, pressure is maintained on the skin to create friction.
strokes, Chinese acupressure and Balinese massage techniques come together while lavender and geranium work their magic.
The therapeutic touch is mainly based on applying effleurage
like rhythmical movements in the centripetal direction toward the heart, and along the anatomical projections of lymphatic vessel, as well as pump-like movements over the projections of lymph nodes.
massage, muscle blood flow and long-term post-exercise strength recovery.