Massage methods from around the world
Starting a massage
Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body and a broader definition may include the manipulation of a person’s energy. However the manipulation of the joints is confined to osteopathy and chiropractic.
Massage is a universal treatment yet around the world people have different approaches because they have different understandings of the human body and how it works.
Massage is also instinctive because when we hurt, we rub the hurt area and we feel better. So every country has it’s own massage style and popular styles have spread around the world to be offered by gifted friends and amateurs, or by trained professionals.
Acupressure massage Acupressure (a
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Are we being real or just kidding ourselves?
There is an old saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this is true. Any number of people can look at something but not all will agree that it’s beautiful because everything we see is in fact an interpretation of our own mind. The idea of beauty is also associated with ideas of glamour, however glamour is a completely different subject although it can complement or even replace beauty.
The ideas of beauty are mostly associated with sight, sound and touch. When we see someone or something, the light reflected from the object passes through the lens of our eyes to land on the retina from where an
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A formula for happy babies
Baby massage has long been a part of the Ayurvedic tradition of India and today its usefulness is catching on in the west. Mothers are discovering that by rubbing their children from birth keeps them more contented, better socialised and less inclined to act up.
When babies are unusually or unreasonably temperamental, when they cry for no apparent reason or they wake up crying, it’s hard to know exactly what’s wrong with them. It could be colic, it could be wind or a whole host of other things.
But the improved mother baby bonding that is achieved through regular massage can give mothers a deeper perception into their child’s condition and the massage also
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An ancient art for modern times
The Lomi Lomi style of holistic bodywork is often referred to as ‘the Rolls Royce of massage’ that’s best known for the deeply relaxing long strokes that sweep the body from tip to toe, over and under, massaging two areas simultaneously and fully engaging the senses so that stress evaporates. As well as being deeply healing, this massage style can also be a divine or transcendental experience.
While Lomi Lomi or Kahuna style massage is thought of as having its roots in Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, it’s actual beginnings were likely bought from India as Hindu’s have been sailing the Pacific for thousands of years. This massage has many modern counterparts; in the
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The gentleness of touch
Before getting into this touchy subject, please remember that we experience the world through our senses and our entire perception of life depends on our sense perception. In other words, everything we see, hear, touch or taste is conveyed through our senses to our minds for interpretation and sensual massage increases our ability to perceive.
Our senses are those of vision, touch, hearing, taste and smell. Just think, we exercise our bodies so that they perform more efficiently. We do mental exercises to keep our minds sharp and alert so why not sensual massage to enhance sensitivity?
Sensual massage is generally a soft massage over the entirety of the body that stimulates all the sense receptors
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An old remedy for modern times
There is no doubt that massage is perhaps the oldest healing art because we have known for many centuries that just a little rubbing ouch go away. But it’s not just humans, most animals enjoy being stroked and rubbed, primarily because it makes them feel good.
In today’s modern world what we feel is shaped by external forces, and much money we have, how good we look and who our friends are. In the old world he felt good because you were powered the right food, from keeping enjoyable company and living a life that had some sense of purpose.
In this age of individualism, relationships tend to be superficial and our happiness is
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And how to get the best treatment – a personal story
I love being massaged and the first few times I was rather shy and thankfully I was treated respectfully. On the few occasions I went to a male therapist I became aware that I had this unique power, and on reflection I became aware that it was not nice.
I must tell you that most guys think I am pretty hot although I think I’m rather average although if I scrubbed up I guess I’d fit quite nicely into any sexy magazine although I don’t do that. If you’re a woman you’ll probably understand that almost every guy is attracted to you in some way and it’s very easy
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An ongoing journey
Apart from having good self-discipline, you could say I’m a fairly easy going kinda girl and I’m not too hung up on politics. I like my sports and I’ve being in a few triathlons which is where I was introduced to the idea of massage because it certainly helped my performance.
While having my legs massaged gave me a slight advantage in terms of performance, my legs felt totally separated from my body as if I was to different people which was kind of challenging. So my experience for a few years was just having whatever part of my body rubbed that had the greatest need and I never really liked it all that much.
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Relieving symptoms of systemic breakdown
Considering that we live in such a dysfunctional, polluted and violent world, and despite a very strong drive to have sex and perpetuate our species, it is hardly surprising that so many couples have difficulty conceiving and having children.
To understand reproductive dysfunction from a holistic perspective, it is helpful to remember that we exist as a part of the life of the universe. We have been gifted this remarkable body and mind in order to experience life, yet we all live in prisons of our own creation.
Our physical prison is our geographic location and social class, but this is less significant than the prison that we create within our own minds. We are
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For relaxation and healing
Massage is the world’s oldest healing art stemming from when we bump ourselves, with a little rubbing the ouch is often quickly alleviated. It is because massage has been a part of human history extending back beyond any recording that it is considered an instinctive gift that everyone contains.
There are thousands of different massage schools around the world that teach ways of rubbing and pressing into the body to affect the release of stresses and discomfort, and to improve the sense of comfort and function.
Because massage has been an important part of human history for a long time, there is a vast treasure of anecdotal and scientific evidence that supports most claims made about
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