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Politics and morality

Questions, comments and observations about massage and hands on healing from around the world.

Massage is at the same time an assault, sensual and therapeutic – any less and it is not a massage. This creates a dilemma for the industry and regulatory authorities. It is an assault as to touch someone is an assault in the literal meaning of the word, it is sensual as touch imparts sensation, and it is therapeutic because one is receiving personal attention and the intention of the therapist is to convey or facilitate healing.

Is all massage is safe?

  • Not necessarily
    • If the person receiving a massage is in good health and is being treated by a competent practitioner, massage is generally safe.
    • injury can occur where a person has undiagnosed injuries or health problems.

Is all massage is healing?

  • Not necessarily
    • If the practitioner is competent and considerate, massage is generally healing.
    • But, injury can occur where a person has undiagnosed injuries or health problems.

Therapeutic Massage

  • Intends to and may heal or facilitate healing
  • Maybe a little painful
  • May be any massage style or combination of massage styles
  • The client may be dressed, partly dressed, naked under a sheet or towel, or totally naked.

Holistic Bodywork

  • An inclusive approach to massage
  • May include any combination of massage styles
  • The client may be dressed, partly dressed, naked under a sheet or towel, or totally naked.
  • What if you get an erection during a holistic massage or any massage?  Do not be concerned, all therapists understand, even women may become aroused.

Sensual Massage

  • All touch is sensual
  • May heal or facilitate healing
  • Rarely painful
  • Is generally pleasurable
  • May include any massage style or combination of massage styles
  • The client may be undressed under a sheet or towel, or totally naked.
  • May include some sexual activity

Tantra Massage

  • May heal or facilitate healing
  • Is generally pleasurable
  • May include any massage style or combination of massage styles
  • The client is generally naked.
  • May or may not include sexual contact and activity.
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