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Californian massage

Sarah Horrocks
by Sarah Horrocks Published on 21 February 2008

Massage for pure pleasure is the philosophy of Californian massage, the most sensual of all massages, and there’s nothing better at hamonising the body and mind.

Massage for pure pleasure is the philosophy of Californian massage, the most sensual of all massages, and there’s nothing better at hamonising the body and mind.

Origins
Californian massage was created in the early 70s near San Francisco. It owes its existence to several group therapies that emerged from the USA that advocated and promoted liberation of the body, expression of emotions, general balance and wellbeing.
Californian massage technique was developed and professionalised during the New Age period when spiritual development and therapy was heavily explored in the US, before it was introduced more widely to the rest of the world in the 80s.

How it works
Californian massage is a sensual massage. You are either naked or just keep your underwear on, and the body is enveloped and massaged in essential oils.
The massage movements are slow and thorough, and are followed by light touches, kneading and stretching. The hands work in an harmonious choreography on the body. The masseur respects and follows the body's meridian lines, reflex points and muscular traces.

Benefits
Californian meaasage is aimed at people seeking a relaxing break, a moment of abandon and union of the body and mind. It is gentle and arouses the senses, which is great for stressed and overworked individuals.
It gently stimulates the nerve endings and equally generates a return to balance of the nerves.
The effects are physical and psychological, as it promotes internalisation, makes you at one with your body and promotes awareness of your inner self, bringing about increased fulfilment and self-esteem.

by Sarah Horrocks

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