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Massage

The world’s oldest healing art

We instinctively rub our achy and sore bits and it’s from there that the science of massage evolved. These pages discuss the sociology and technology of massage in relation to how we see ourselves and in time will put up some descriptive pages on how to safely perform massage.

The history of massage runs back over thousands of years, but over the past 30 years therapeutic massage has grown from a fringe recreational activity into an accepted recreational and healing discipline. Already many medical clinics, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and others have remedial massage therapists as a part of a multidisciplinary team.

Anyone who has received any massage sincerely performed, Receives the benefits of relaxation

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Grapeseed Oil

Fruit of the vine

Grape seed oil or grape oil is pressed from the seeds of grapes, and is a by-product of wine making. Unfortunately grape seed oil is usually extracted from grape seeds using a solvent rather than being pressed from the seeds which aromatherapists say makes it an inferior oil for aromatherapy massage.

However; for some, grape seed oil is a preferred cosmetic ingredient for control of skin moisturization and it is a popular massage medium as its nice to work with. It also contains more linoleic acid than many other oils.

The oils are usually extracted in factories by crushing the seeds and using solvents, but a healthier oil is gained by cold-pressing or expeller pressing.

Some

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Jojoba Oil

A beauty industry favourite

A shrub native to southern Arizona, southern California, and north western Mexico, the name “jojoba” originated with the O’odham people of the Sonoran Desert in the southwest United States who treated burns with an antioxidant salve made from a paste of the jojoba seed.

Today Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is commercially grown and its seeds collected from the wild for what is commonly called jojoba oil, however it is not actually an oil; its seeds contain a wax which is more similar to the sebum produced in our own skin or to whale oil than any vegetable oil. But as everyone calls it an oil, because it looks and feels like an oil we will call

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Coconut Oil

A perfect food and body oil

All across the world all across the world coconut as well as being a popular food yields its oil that is used extensively for cooking, in confectionery and as a food in its own right. Interestingly in a recent BBC documentary, Doctor Michael Mosley conducted an experiment with saturated fats and found that those who consumed a modest amount of coconut oil on a daily basis actually had reduced levels of the bad cholesterol that some people go on about.

There is no doubt that coconut oil is a healthy food and it’s also ideal for skincare as a moisturiser and massage oil.

Coconut trees have traditionally been grown as a semi wild

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Learning massage

Bringing out the healer in you

As massage is instinctive, everyone has some basic talent to begin with including hands to touch and a level of sensitivity. But training provides greater context and methodology; this is the why, when and how to achieve specific results.

If you are contemplating learning massage to be of service to others, options are to: have some massages yourself from different therapists to discover what benefits you or what you like the most, and you can talk to therapists about their training and experience. They may give you references.

For many, the idea of learning massage is a romantic idea but it’s not, massage calls for a grounding in reality and setting aside any prudishness

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Table Massage Demonstrations

Guide to learning massage

As one of many posts promoting massage as a healing art and recreational activity that fosters real communication between people, the demonstrations on this page provide ideas for exploration in formalised physical touch. Remember that massage should not cause any discomfort or pain.

Have you read the pages Learning Massage, Massage Mediums, Massage Ethics? These pages cover some important points on health and safety but firstly, before massaging anyone, you have to be a decent human being not looking to take unfair advantage.

The demonstrator is German and she is promoting her massage DVD.

This Russian demonstrator is professional and well trained, he works quickly to provide a

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Space and Places for Massage

The massage room or space

Massage master at work

Massage is a versatile healing art, it can be done almost anywhere from living rooms to bedrooms or spare rooms, and serious practitioners will have a room set aside for massage, and perhaps some other spiritual practices.

Some massage can also be done in public places usually without the person completely undressing and it is common for many therapists to work on beaches or in malls.

Physical Space In nice weather or if you reside in a tropical country, massage can be done outdoors out of direct sunlight. But for privacy and warmth in cooler climates, the massage room is a warm space and ideally is large enough that

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Tushy Art

The rationality and importance of sensual massage

All massage is sensual and everyone responds differently not only do therapeutic touch, but to the lighter and more deliberately sensual touch. But before we can discuss this, we really need to go back to basics and understand that everything about human relationships and being human are a socio political arrangements without any inherent reality beyond the fact that we exist.

But because we value our existence, it is worthwhile adapting to nature and to each other to ensure our continued existence.

The masculine and feminine relationship is all about reproduction because we can never know the truth of our existence in a single lifetime and over many thousands of years the

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Table Massage

Having a table to massage on is easier for your body

This introduction to holistic body using a massage table massage combines written instructions, images and videos to describe techniques that you can use to perform a full body massage.

To follow this course, please read through the massage theory and health and safety page from the drop down menu above or the ‘next pages’, then read the course notes and play the videos. Then arrange your model to commence practice. It’s often good to play the videos as you practise.

Important pages on theory, health and safety:

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Benefits of massage

Just some of the things massage is good for

A list of some of the health problems and conditions that massage can help overcome. But remember, massage is not just about helping to restore health when things go wrong, it’s one of the best preventive medicines.

Massage has a long history and proved effective to assist recovery from illness and injuries, or to restore functions that have been lost.

The list below represents some of the conditions that can successfully be treated with massage, however not all therapists are sufficiently trained to address many of these issues.

These conditions improve more quickly with counselling, proper diet and nutrition, exercise, and where appropriate, prescribed medications.

Please note the words remedial and

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