The most common stroke practiced by all massage therapists.
Movement is made using the flat of the hands pushing blood towards the heart. Unfortunately
many masseuses effleurage moving in opposite direction to the heart and
they go against natural blood circulation
Speeds up venous and lymph flow
Helps induce a sense of euphoria and well being in the patient
Familiarizes the client with the therapist’s hands
Aids desquamation (removal of dead skin cells)
Preheats prior to deeper movements
Break down and elimination of waste products (lactic acid and urea).
This is the most incorrectly performed stroke of all. Most therapist close their fingers to execute this stroke which has nothing to do with hacking and is more in line with the James Bond kill him type of stroke.
When performed properly this strokes sounds a bit like rain falling.
Improves the tone of muscular tissues
Is performed on large muscles with a bone immediately underneath