Massage Techniques
Stroking & Effleurage

Stroking Massage


Stroking Effect

  • Assists localised tissue dynamics and stimulates lymphatic responses
  • Improves localised blood circulation, tissue oxygenation and hydration
  • Massage stimulates localised biochemical and neurophysiological responses

Stroking Application

  • Do not underestimate the value of this gentle technique, the benefits are extensive
  • Stroking can be effective for pain relief in more sensitive or congested areas of the body
  • It can be used over all parts of the body

Stroking Method

  • When slow stroking movements are performed with the Mitts, using your whole hand keep as many nodules possible in contact with the body part you are massaging
  • Start with very gentle pressure then build up to the pressure you are comfortable with
  • Your hands should be relaxed so the mitts can mould themselves smoothly over the body contours of the area being massaged
  • It is not necessary to use more force for the massage to penetrate deep into the tissue, just stroke a smaller area to induce a more localised response
  • Stroking should extend across the full length of the body part or muscle being massaged and should be repeated on areas that feel hard or tight until they relax
  • Stroking is a good technique to begin and end your massage with
  • It is usually recommended that more pressure is applied with long upward strokes towards the heart and a lighter pressure on the return stroke
  • The Mitt should stay in contact with the skin at all times

Perform stroking and effleurage using a flat hand to engage as many nodules on the mitts as possible. Always use these movements at the beginning of your massage rountine, to connect each movement during the massage, and to finish the massage. It has a soothing effect on the nerves and helps to improve localised blood and tissue oxygenation to reduce congestion.

Effleurage Massage


Effleurage Effect

  • Mobilises the soft tissue slightly deeper into the muscle fibres, fascia and connective tissue
  • Assists localised tissue biochemical responses and stimulates lymphatic flow
  • Improves localised blood circulation, tissue oxygenation and hydration
  •  Massage stimulates emotional and neurophysiological responses

Effleurage Application

  • Effleurage can be performed in multiple-directions; across and along the direction of muscle fibres and following the contours of the body

Effleurage Method

  • It is a great technique to use between all other massage and tissue mobilisations movements to loosen adhered fibres and scar tissue
  • Effleurage is very similar to stroking movements, but slightly more pressure is required to release tissue 'congestion' and move ‘blockages’ within the tissue
  • Massage should not be uncomfortable but there may be some discomfort over more 'congested' areas
  • Effleurage should be performed with full hand contact on the skin for best results
  • Your hands should be relaxed so the Mitts can mould themselves smoothly over the body contours of the area being massaged
  • Start with very gentle pressure then build up to the pressure you are comfortable with
  • You can either glide the Mitts across the body or limb, pull them towards you, or circle over an area
  • 'Congestion' can biuld up in various muscle, connective tissue and fascial structures altering movement patterns in the body. Make sure you massage from joints above and below where you have restricted movement or tension

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Massage Mitt Resources


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