effleurage

effleurage

[ef-luh-rahzh]
noun
a delicate stroking motion in massage.

Origin:
1885–90; < French, equivalent to effleur(er) (to) stroke as one would a flower (i.e., lightly; see ef-, flower) + -age -age

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effleurage (ˌɛflɜːˈrɑːʒ)
 
n
1.  a light stroking technique used in massage
 
vb
2.  (intr) to massage using this movement
 
[C19: from French effleurer to stroke lightly]

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effleurage
1886, from Fr. effleurer "to touch lightly."
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