One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A massage technique that involves kneading the body.
- ‘The strokes used were effleurage (ie, long gliding strokes), petrissage (ie, lifting of the muscle, kneading), and vibration (ie, gentle shaking of the muscle).’
- ‘Then, during the last minute of the rub, the subject's skin was gently lifted with a C-shaped motion of the hand (petrissage).’
Late 19th century: French pétrissage, from pétrir ‘to knead’.
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