What is massage?

  • (verb): Manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes.
    Synonyms: rub down, knead
    See also — Additional definitions below


Massage is the manipulating 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, inhibits motor-neuron excitability and promote relaxation and well-being. The word comes from the French massage "friction of kneading", or from Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa meaning "mass, dough", cf. Greek verb μάσσω (massō) "to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough". In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio.

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Chavutti Thirumal
... in the Malayalam language, and also known as Foot/Rope massage, is a traditional Indian massage technique developed by the Kalari Martial Artists of Kerala India (Kalaripayattu), and it is ... known as Kalari Chikitsa, which comprises massage techniques Chavutti Thirumal, Marma Massage (Uzhichil), and the application of medicinal herbal oils ... Unlike most massage modalilties, Chavutti Thirumal is unique as the feet are predominately used to deliver the treatment, this act an art form, with the technique being precisely executioned by the practitioner's ...
Chartered Society Of Physiotherapy - Foundation
... in the press warned young nurses and the public of unscrupulous people offering massage as a euphemism for other services ... the new name of the Chartered Society of Massage and Medical Gymnastics the society was granted a Royal Charter by King George V on 11 June 1920 ... In the same year the Society amalgamated with the Institute of Massage and Remedial Gymnastics ...
List Of The Lone Shark Episodes - List of Notable Episodes - Sharky Rubs You The Wrong Way (1992 – Recorded)
... of masseuses, who discussed their profession with host Jim Sharky while giving massages to both Sharky (on a massage table in the studio) and Director Gordon Oppenheimer ... Oppenheimer directed the program while lying face-down on a massage table that had been set up inside the studio’s control room ... episode, Oppenheimer became so relaxed from his massage that he had what Sharky called “… a Calgon Moment” and almost fell asleep, totally ignoring Sharky’s repeated requests to ...
Massage - Regulation - United States
... 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 ... 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 ... If a state does not have any massage laws then a practitioner need not apply for a license with the state ...
Spa In Thailand - Popular Spa Treatments in Thailand
... More of them are Body scrub Body wraps Facial Hands and feet Waxing Massages A massage is the most popular technique offered at spas in Thailand ... Thai spas conclude that 85% of the treatments given are massage ... There are however, many different types of massage Thai massage is by far and away the most popular type of massage provided by Thai trainers ...

More definitions of "massage":

  • (noun): Kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation.
  • (verb): Give a massage to.
    Example: "She massaged his sore back"