Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity.
The word comes from the French “massage” meaning "friction of kneading", or from Arabic “massa” meaning "to touch, feel or handle".
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, or feet.
In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor, while in amateur settings a general-purpose surface like a bed or floor is more common. The massage subject may be fully or partially clothed or unclothed.
Now we all like to relax. We get stressed out at work or watching our computer screens and staying up late at night causing our bodies to tense up.
I’m an artist. I’m good with my hands. At least that is what I’ve been told.
But in the long run, when you are allowed to put your hands on another’s body, isn’t that just foreplay?