According to research done by the American Massage Therapy Association, as of 2012 in the United States there are between 280,000 and 320,000 massage therapists and massage school students.[115] As of 2011, there were more than 300 accredited massage schools and programs in the United States.[116] Most states have licensing requirements that must be met before a practitioner can use the title "massage therapist", and some states and municipalities require a license to practice any form of massage. If a state does not have any massage laws then a practitioner need not apply for a license with the state. However, the practitioner will need to check whether any local or county laws cover massage therapy. Training programs in the US are typically 500–1000 hours in length, and can award a certificate, diploma, or degree depending on the particular school.[117] There are around 1,300 programs training massage therapists in the country and study will often include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, massage techniques, first aid and CPR, business, ethical and legal issues, and hands on practice along with continuing education requirements if regulated.[10] The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) is one of the organizations that works with massage schools in the U.S. and currently (Aug 2012) there are approximately 300 schools that are accredited through this agency.

Nina, a successful but world-weary art dealer, is surprised to find that her usual masseur, Douglas, has sent a substitute - Fitch - to provide her with her regular weekly massage at her home. Nina and Fitch find that they are both mutually attracted, and annoy one another a great deal. Their differences of temperament and lifestyle create friction, and they find their similarities nearly as grating. Through flashbacks we learn how Nina and Fitch have arrived at this meeting, and see that perhaps they have enough common ground to learn some important lessons from each other. Written by David E. Frank


This is definitely a very sexy movie. I could have watched it without stopping even if it had gone on for five hours. The plot is not really complicated as most of the movie revolves around Bryan Brown giving Mimi Rogers massages while entertaining (or possibly boring) her with anecdotes from his life. However, it is a must for anyone who thinks Rogers is a hottie. She never displayed herself like this before and probably never will again. The only thing the keeps this movie from being THE most erotic film I've ever seen is that it doesn't have any full frontal shots of Rogers, although she does spend the majority of movie nude or topless.

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Specialized massage tables and chairs are used to position recipients during massages. A typical commercial massage table has an easily cleaned, heavily padded surface, and a horseshoe-shaped head support that allows the client to breathe easily while lying face down and can be stationary or portable, while home versions are often lighter weight or designed to fold away easily. An orthopedic pillow or bolster can be used to correct body positioning.

This is the second of these I've bought. I used the first one so much the poor motors finally just gave up. This is actually an improved model from the first one I had. The padding is thicker and softer, the heat is hotter, and the cord to the control is longer (which was my only complaint with the first one). I absolutely love this mat. I have chronic back pain and this mat soothes and relaxes my back enough I can go to sleep in comfort. I have had many other mats in the past. This is far superior to any other.


While stress levels can affects all of us, a complete full body massage does wonders for your body and mind. In order to offer the most intensive massage experience, the mat features 10 stimulating motors throughout to work across all parts of your body, as well as control the specific areas that you would like to be worked on. The included controller provides an easy-to-use system to select exactly which motors you want to work, their intensity and for how long. Customize your massage with five programmed massages, four controllable zones and three different intensity settings. Then sit back and relax while the deep kneading motors free you from all your pain!

In Myanmar, massage is unregulated.[101] However, it is necessary to apply for a spa license with the government to operate a massage parlour in major cities such as Yangon. Blind and visually impaired people can become masseurs, but they are not issued licenses. There are a few professional spa training schools in Myanmar but these training centers are not accredited by the government.[citation needed]
Lying on two 98-100 degree water-filled cushions, your muscles begin to release tension as soon as you lie down. Your massage therapist will give you a full body massage using traditional techniques while you lie face up, cradled by the warm cushion of water. Lose yourself in a deep state of relaxation, as there is no need to use a face cradle and no need to interrupt the treatment by turning over.
A 2004 systematic review found single applications of massage therapy "reduced state anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate but not negative mood, immediate assessment of pain, and cortisol level", while "multiple applications reduced delayed assessment of pain", and found improvements in anxiety and depression similar to effects of psychotherapy.[54] A subsequent systematic review published in 2008 found that there is little evidence supporting the use of massage therapy for depression in high quality studies from randomized controlled trials.[55]
In addition to our famous couples massage, we also offer plenty of other services and spa specials. For instance, we offer a special on our Contrast Massage Therapy Service. You enjoy both the therapeutic benefits of hot and cold in order to help your blood vessels, muscles, and connecting tissue both contract and relax. This sort of therapy helps your body detox and is a great source of pain relief for athletes or anybody who suffers from aches and pains.
Unlike most massage mats that only focus on small areas, the Belmint provides relaxing and soothing relief across your entire body. From the upper back all the way to the lower legs, you’re able to get energizing relief from the variety of motors, controllable zones and intensity levels for any pain you have. A switchable heat function is also integrated into the massager to offer more soothing comfort and relief. In just 7.7 minutes, the mat heats up to 140°F to soothe your lumbar area, stimulate blood flow, and reduce anxiety and stress. You’ll never have to go to a spa again with this powerful machine working every inch of your body!
In addition to our famous couples massage, we also offer plenty of other services and spa specials. For instance, we offer a special on our Contrast Massage Therapy Service. You enjoy both the therapeutic benefits of hot and cold in order to help your blood vessels, muscles, and connecting tissue both contract and relax. This sort of therapy helps your body detox and is a great source of pain relief for athletes or anybody who suffers from aches and pains.
This package is the ultimate in couple’s pampering. Beginning with the aromatic therapy as you enter Le Reve, you are transported to an environment of sensual relaxation. Our aphrodisiac oil will stimulate your feeling of togetherness that will enhance your spiritual connection. During this experience, the couple will be massaged, have their facials, body wraps and reflexology performed by their own personal massage therapists at the same time and in the same room.
I bought it used and it's nice. It's just a vibration, but it works like I want it to. I use the heating function with the vibration and I get put to sleep really quickly. My only issue with it is that it's made for the vertically challenged. I'm 5' 11" and this thing probably would be long enough for a person that's 5' 4". Still, not something that really a big deal, just something to keep in mind.
If there is a problem area that needs extra attention, such as a sore back or tight shoulders, request that the therapist spend more time focused on those trouble spots but the trade-off may be less time spent on other areas of the body. To ensure the full treatment of every body part, as well as a focus on specific issues, make an appointment for a longer session time.
Experience the soothing satisfaction of a personalized massage and escape the stress of today’s frantic world. When you reach your very own two-room suite, you’ll be comforted with a peaceful ambience of relaxation and rejuvenation. You’ll be able to customize your visit with our unique essential oil selection, adjustable table temperatures, iPod hookups, heated floors, and so much more. After you’ve settled in on your personalized visit, our professional technicians will then provide you with a massage tailored to the natural contours and nuances of your body. The power of human touch is an amazing, restorative thing, and our technicians understand how your body works and know how to alleviate tense muscles, uncomfortable aches, and pains, all while resting your mind. Review our massage packages below to discover the best body enhancement for you and schedule a visit with us.

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Reflexology also known as "zone therapy", is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a pseudoscientific[57] system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.[58]
Pamper yourself and your partner with a full body massage, facial, body treatments that will make you feel brand new. You will receive tender care from our therapists along with complimentary champagne or wine and gourmet chocolate. Le Reve Rittenhouse Day Spa welcomes their guests for a full body couples retreat including Massage, Reflexology, Facial, Body Scrub, and Manicure & Pedicure.
Your muscles are like sponges – when they contract, blood and lymph fluid are squeezed out, and when they relax fresh blood enters bringing fresh nutrition, oxygen, and immune cells. Increased blood supply also accelerates the removal of lactic acid and other products of muscle metabolism that contribute to cramps, muscle fatigue, and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). Your massage therapist may also incorporate stretching and range of motion movements into the massage, which mobilizes the joints and places beneficial tension on your muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

A full body massage, encompassing warm stones with light to moderate pressure. Experience this time honored practice which brings deep, restorative rest. Our massage therapist gently glides smooth stones over the body, providing warmth that soothes mind and muscles, increases circulation, improves tone and induces tranquility and serenity. Himalayan Salt Stone or Volcanic Stone available by location.

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Regain your footing with this indulgent treatment that will relax you from head to toe. The Piedmont Experience will increase blood and lymph circulation through acupressure and a rocking rhythm technique applied with warm herbal compression balls infused with herbs and spices designed to relieve the body of toxins and tension. The compression balls are then a gift to you to continue the experience at home as soak for your next bath.

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Whether you’re just getting started with a Swedish massage or reflexology, enjoying a romantic couple’s massage for two, or healing your body with a sports massage, Spafinder Wellness 365 is your go-to massage headquarters. With endless modalities and customizations, we have thousands of spa and wellness locations for your next massage. Find out what type of massage is right for you in our comprehensive guide.
You can bring the Belmint Full Body Massager with you to the office, on vacation or use it anywhere in your home. Lightweight and compact, the massager can go with you wherever it’s needed so you’re always just a moment away from a spa-quality massage no matter where you are! Once you are finished, just fold the mat up and secure it with the included straps, then store it away until the next massage.

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Find the best massage oils only at Bath & Body Works! Relax your mind, soothe your body, and boost your mood — and do it all with Body & Massage Oils from Bath & Body Works. Key for making any day a spa day, our body oils leave skin feeling oh-so-smooth and super-soft (and, of course, smelling amazing). Our signature scents are so incredible, you’ll wonder what you ever did without them.
The Rest Cure eventually fell out of favor, but the popularity of general massage greatly increased by the early 1900s and was considered part of good health. By the 1960s, however, old-fashioned terms like massage parlors, masseuse and full-body massage had fallen into disrepute, acting as code words for prostitution. For that reason, the terms massage therapy, massage therapist and Swedish massage began to replace the previous terms of referring to massage and the therapists who practice it.
Since so much tension accumulates in shoulder, chest, and neck muscles, it’s no wonder that our breathing becomes restricted when we’re stressed. As you relax further into the massage and your breathing deepens and evens out, your massage therapist can work into tense muscles to reduce tightness in muscles that assist respiration. If you ask, your MT can also massage the intercostal muscles between the ribs that are important to natural and effortless breathing.

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Regain your footing with this indulgent treatment that will relax you from head to toe. The Piedmont Experience will increase blood and lymph circulation through acupressure and a rocking rhythm technique applied with warm herbal compression balls infused with herbs and spices designed to relieve the body of toxins and tension. The compression balls are then a gift to you to continue the experience at home as soak for your next bath. 

This package is the ultimate in couple’s pampering. Beginning with the aromatic therapy as you enter Le Reve, you are transported to an environment of sensual relaxation. Our aphrodisiac oil will stimulate your feeling of togetherness that will enhance your spiritual connection. During this experience, the couple will be massaged, have their facials, body wraps and reflexology performed by their own personal massage therapists at the same time and in the same room. 

This is definitely a very sexy movie. I could have watched it without stopping even if it had gone on for five hours. The plot is not really complicated as most of the movie revolves around Bryan Brown giving Mimi Rogers massages while entertaining (or possibly boring) her with anecdotes from his life. However, it is a must for anyone who thinks Rogers is a hottie. She never displayed herself like this before and probably never will again. The only thing the keeps this movie from being THE most erotic film I've ever seen is that it doesn't have any full frontal shots of Rogers, although she does spend the majority of movie nude or topless.

Ergonomic chairs serve a similar function as a massage table. Chairs may be either stationary or portable models. Massage chairs are easier to transport than massage tables, and recipients do not need to disrobe to receive a chair massage. Due to these two factors, chair massage is often performed in settings such as corporate offices, outdoor festivals, shopping malls, and other public locations.


A couples massage can make a romantic gesture or gift for a close friend or loved one. During the experience, two therapists work side-by-side to sweep away aches and stresses from both people.. While therapists often use Swedish massage techniques, individual experiences are often customizable. Couples massages are centered on bonding together through relaxation. Book a couples massage near you through one of our deals and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with someone you love.

AD 1813 The Royal Gymnastic Central Institute for the training of gymnastic instructors was opened in Stockholm, Sweden, with Pehr Henrik Ling appointed as principal. Ling developed what he called the "Swedish Movement Cure." Ling died in 1839, having previously named his pupils as the repositories of his teaching. Ling and his assistants left little proper written account of their methods. [8][15][16]
Massage of Chinese Medicine is known as An Mo (按摩, pressing and rubbing) or Qigong Massage, and is the foundation of Japan's Anma. Categories include Pu Tong An Mo (general massage), Tui Na An Mo (pushing and grasping massage), Dian Xue An Mo (cavity pressing massage), and Qi An Mo (energy massage). Tui na (推拿) focuses on pushing, stretching, and kneading muscles, and Zhi Ya (指壓) focuses on pinching and pressing at acupressure points. Technique such as friction and vibration are used as well.[70]
Most types of massage, with the exception of some traditional Chinese medicine are not regulated in China. Although illegal in China, some of the smaller businesses are fronts for prostitution. J.K., anti-prostitution operation has established sting operations to combat the situation.[99] These are called falangmei (发廊妹 "hairdressing salon sisters").

I bought it used and it's nice. It's just a vibration, but it works like I want it to. I use the heating function with the vibration and I get put to sleep really quickly. My only issue with it is that it's made for the vertically challenged. I'm 5' 11" and this thing probably would be long enough for a person that's 5' 4". Still, not something that really a big deal, just something to keep in mind.
A couples massage allows partners to experience massage together in the same area as one therapist works on each person. Some spas turn this into a romantic event that can leave guests starry-eyed, setting the treatment in a special room or suite large enough for two, beachside underneath the stars, or in the couple’s guest room at a hotel or resort. For an extra-special touch, rooms reserved for side-by-side massage treatments may feature cozy spa fixtures such as fireplaces, shower facilities, Jacuzzis, and dual soaking tubs, and some spas offer irresistible amenities like champagne and strawberries as a sumptuous treat. Many spas offer treatments à deux so spa-goers can share a pampering experience with a significant other, but a couples massage isn’t just for romantics—mother-daughter duos and best friends may also enjoy side-by-side services. For couples, this form of massage can offer a double dose of benefits. The tandem treatment invites couples to get a bit closer and reconnect, and it can enhance intimacy and teach each partner how to take care of the other. Plus, select spas allow lovebirds to get in sync by offering sessions that teach massage techniques. Pampering and rejuvenating facials, massages, and other treatments in a half- or full-day increments can make up a whole spa package for couples. For more on Couples Massage, see our guide.
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Each treatment is designed to provide restoration for your body and mind, and also make you look and feel the best you can. Massage can reduce stress and muscle tension, improve circulation, eliminate stiffness and soreness, boost the immune system, reduce pain and even help control one’s blood pressure. Couples who strive to practice a healthy lifestyle can enjoy these benefits and more together.

A couples massage can make a romantic gesture or gift for a close friend or loved one. During the experience, two therapists work side-by-side to sweep away aches and stresses from both people.. While therapists often use Swedish massage techniques, individual experiences are often customizable. Couples massages are centered on bonding together through relaxation. Book a couples massage near you through one of our deals and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with someone you love.

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Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.
In Germany massage is regulated by the government on a federal and national level. Only someone who has completed 3,200 hours of training (theoretical and practical) can use the professional title "Masseur und Medizinischer Bademeister" or Medical Masseur and Spa Therapist. This person can prolong his training depending on the length of professional experience to a Physiotherapist (1 year to 18 months additional training). The Masseur is trained in Classical Massage, Myofascial Massage, Exercise and Movement Therapy. During the training they will study: Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Gynecology, Podiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology, Surgery, and probably most importantly Dermiatry and Orthopedics. They are trained in Electrotherapy, and Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy includes: Kneipp, Wraps, underwater Massage, therapeutic washing, Sauna and Steambath. A small part of their training will include special forms of massage which are decided by the local college, for example: Foot reflex zone massage, Thai Massage etc. Finally a graduate is allowed to treat patients under the direction of a doctor. He is regulated by the professional body which regulates Physiotherapists. This includes the restriction on advertising and oath of confidentiality to clients.[citation needed]
Generally, the session starts with the client disrobing completely or wearing only undergarments and lying face down on a padded table under a sheet. The therapist will begin with the back and shoulders before moving down the body. Once the client has flipped over about mid-way through the session time, the therapist works back up the body, usually ending with neck and shoulders and sometimes the scalp. Men may also receive a pectoral massage.
Experience the soothing satisfaction of a personalized massage and escape the stress of today’s frantic world. When you reach your very own two-room suite, you’ll be comforted with a peaceful ambience of relaxation and rejuvenation. You’ll be able to customize your visit with our unique essential oil selection, adjustable table temperatures, iPod hookups, heated floors, and so much more. After you’ve settled in on your personalized visit, our professional technicians will then provide you with a massage tailored to the natural contours and nuances of your body. The power of human touch is an amazing, restorative thing, and our technicians understand how your body works and know how to alleviate tense muscles, uncomfortable aches, and pains, all while resting your mind. Review our massage packages below to discover the best body enhancement for you and schedule a visit with us. 

BC 500 Jīvaka Komarabhācca, also known as Shivago Komarpaj, the founder of Traditional Thai massage (Nuad Boran) and Thai medicine.[citation needed] According to the Pāli Buddhist Canon, Jivaka was Shakyamuni Buddha's physician.[citation needed] He codified a healing system that combines acupressure, reflexology, and assisted yoga postures.[citation needed] Traditional Thai massage is generally based on a combination of Indian and Chinese traditions of medicine. Jivaka is known today as "Father Doctor" in Thailand.[citation needed]
The most widely recognized and commonly used category of massage is the Swedish massage. The Swedish massage techniques vary from light to vigorous.[63] Swedish massage uses five styles of strokes. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking.[64] Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks.[65] The development of Swedish massage is often inaccurately credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johann Georg Mezger applied the French terms to name the basic strokes.[66] The term "Swedish" massage is actually only recognized in English and Dutch speaking countries, and in Hungary. Elsewhere the style is referred to as "classic massage".
Start the new year off right with the ultimate in icy hot therapy for your aching muscles! This treatment starts by wrapping your entire back, neck and shoulders in moist heat packs while massage to your legs and feet begins with a cooling peppermint gel. After the heat packs have warmed you up, we work out all those areas of chronic tension with focused deep tissue techniques and include an application of MagSoothium products infused with natural anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and muscle relaxing ingredients. There’s a cool marble stone finish before turning over on the heated table to receive the second half of your massage including a Heavenly Hand Add-on, which is a nourishing blend of warm oils held in place with heated mitts and later massaged into the skin leaving hands feeling silky smooth and refreshed. By the time you’re done, you’ll feel like a newly minted version of yourself!
You can bring the Belmint Full Body Massager with you to the office, on vacation or use it anywhere in your home. Lightweight and compact, the massager can go with you wherever it’s needed so you’re always just a moment away from a spa-quality massage no matter where you are! Once you are finished, just fold the mat up and secure it with the included straps, then store it away until the next massage.
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
If you want to experience full-scale relaxation from head to toe, but don’t have time or want to pay to visit expensive spas, then this Massage Mat is exactly what you need. You’ll get an extraordinarily relaxing massage anywhere you need it, across your entire body! Whether you’re sitting in your office or laying down at home, the Massage Mat lets you receive soothing relief in all positions. Simply fit the mat to your chair to receive a back and lumbar massage, or lay it on any flat surface for an entire body experience from your shoulders to your legs. Don’t settle for anything less than perfection.
Start with a skin-refining and gentle exfoliant to remove dead surface skin cells, leaving your skin softer, smoother and better able to soak in skin-nourishing products. Skin deeply absorbs a warm, lush mask for intense hydration to preserve the youthful appearance of the skin. A 45-minute massage follows, ensuring your service ends in full relaxation. Available at Downtown Seattle and Bellevue only.
In Germany massage is regulated by the government on a federal and national level. Only someone who has completed 3,200 hours of training (theoretical and practical) can use the professional title "Masseur und Medizinischer Bademeister" or Medical Masseur and Spa Therapist. This person can prolong his training depending on the length of professional experience to a Physiotherapist (1 year to 18 months additional training). The Masseur is trained in Classical Massage, Myofascial Massage, Exercise and Movement Therapy. During the training they will study: Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Gynecology, Podiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology, Surgery, and probably most importantly Dermiatry and Orthopedics. They are trained in Electrotherapy, and Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy includes: Kneipp, Wraps, underwater Massage, therapeutic washing, Sauna and Steambath. A small part of their training will include special forms of massage which are decided by the local college, for example: Foot reflex zone massage, Thai Massage etc. Finally a graduate is allowed to treat patients under the direction of a doctor. He is regulated by the professional body which regulates Physiotherapists. This includes the restriction on advertising and oath of confidentiality to clients.[citation needed]
In Germany massage is regulated by the government on a federal and national level. Only someone who has completed 3,200 hours of training (theoretical and practical) can use the professional title "Masseur und Medizinischer Bademeister" or Medical Masseur and Spa Therapist. This person can prolong his training depending on the length of professional experience to a Physiotherapist (1 year to 18 months additional training). The Masseur is trained in Classical Massage, Myofascial Massage, Exercise and Movement Therapy. During the training they will study: Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Gynecology, Podiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology, Surgery, and probably most importantly Dermiatry and Orthopedics. They are trained in Electrotherapy, and Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy includes: Kneipp, Wraps, underwater Massage, therapeutic washing, Sauna and Steambath. A small part of their training will include special forms of massage which are decided by the local college, for example: Foot reflex zone massage, Thai Massage etc. Finally a graduate is allowed to treat patients under the direction of a doctor. He is regulated by the professional body which regulates Physiotherapists. This includes the restriction on advertising and oath of confidentiality to clients.[citation needed]
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