Effleurage and Aromatherapy
Effleurage is a French word meaning "to skim" or "to touch lightly on." It is a technique used in Swedish massage to warm up muscles prior to a deep tissue massage. Research has shown that many terminally ill and geriatric patients can drive great benefit from effleurage.
What professionals are saying about effleurage
- The benefits of enjoying the simple pleasure of human touch and company for a brief period of time is priceless for many who are lonely, depressed or gravely ill. Careful massage can help provide symptomatic relief and give patients increased vitality.
- In cases where patients are not ambulatory and/or do not have full use of their hands, a hand or foot massage can enhance body awareness, increase sensation and improve circulation in the aged.
Our Effleurage Program:
- Is offered to all our Hospice patients following evaluation by an RN for appropriateness
- Focuses on the hands and feet only and is administered by our caregivers who have been trained in a proprietary program we developed specifically for this purpose
- Is delivered during routine hospice aide visits and requires only an additional 10-15 minutes
- Is often given in conjunction with aromatherapy, provided the patient has no skin integrity issues and is not allergic to any oils or fragrances
- Is one of the components of our hospice care that sets us apart from other providers
The Many Benefits of Effleurage and Aromatheray
- Anxiety relief
- Reduced guilt and depression
- Increased hopefulness
- Decreased insomnia and restlessness
- Reduced irritabilty and nervous tension
- Decreased tireness and exhaustion
- Improved circulation
- Increased relaxation and improved mood
We developed the Effleurage Program in keeping with our philosophy of viewing the patient as more than just a physical body and in order to provide all-encompassing palliative care for patients at the end of their lives.