Definition of petrissage in English:

petrissage

noun

  • A massage technique that involves kneading the body.

    • ‘Then, during the last minute of the rub, the subject's skin was gently lifted with a C-shaped motion of the hand (petrissage).’
    • ‘The strokes used were effleurage (ie, long gliding strokes), petrissage (ie, lifting of the muscle, kneading), and vibration (ie, gentle shaking of the muscle).’

Origin

Late 19th century: French pétrissage, from pétrir to knead.

Pronunciation:

petrissage

/ˌpetriˈsäZH/