Month: August 2018

The history of china and massages

The history of China and massage

Stress Relief(5)Massage has a long and rich history in China. It was introduced to the Chinese people through the field of medicine. The first recorded case of treatment though massage therapy was in 16th -11th century BC. The Shang Dynasty still have this relic, the prescription if you like, is marked on the bones of a tortoise shell, and tells the tale of how a Doctor, Brian Que healed a faint Prince through the miracle treatment of massage. Since these very early practices of massage China has developed over 20 different varieties of massage, which are now used all over the world.

Early Chinese adopters of massage discovered the healing benefits of different levels of pressure on to the skin, from healing muscle spasms, dislocation of joints, to the more general wear and tear aches and pains.

Religion has had a large influence on massage in China, meditation and massage go hand in hand as a way to relax and connect with the soul in a spiritual way. Buddhism and Hinduism are major players in the evolution of massage in China. Tantric massage, one of the most popular forms of massage still in practise today originated through Hindu and Sikh scriptures. This is important to note as it is this particular transition from regular massage (medical treatment) to more spiritual based massage (like tantra) that led to the phenomena of erotic massage. Sexual-based massage is a massive industry within China, most erotic massage parlours outside of China today will advertise themselves as ‘Asian massage parlours’ as they are aware clients are the Chinese are the best at the service. You can think of it like going to an Italian restaurant to ensure you get authentic lasagne- it’s the same as getting an erotic massage by an Asian masseuse.

The introduction of erotic massage in to China’s culture is a fascinating story. It has political and societal roots that have shaped the country. In 1949 after seizing power, The Communist Party of China began dissolving all prostitution from mainland China. By the 1960’s all brothels, night walkers, prostitution rings and private escort agencies were eradicated.  The total absolve of the sex industry in China was sure to ruffle a few feathers. Major players in Chinese sex Industry would have lost a lot of money in this period. To get around the law and to still provide a popular service- to fill the void as it were- erotic massage parlours opened their doors. Parlours offering massage with sexual services included. If the government were going to ban the buying and selling of penetrative sex, the people of China became determined to find a loophole. A massage service that provides clients with every kind of sexual pleasure they could possibly want- excluding penetrative sex (as that was banned).

The evolution of erotic massage has moved with the times. Laws around prostitution in China have relaxed but other countries with similarly restrictive views around the age old sex trade have foto_no_exif(1)taken inspiration from the Chinese, thus expanding the erotic massage industry to a global scale. The expansion of erotic massage led to a revolution of new ideas and techniques. Different cultures brought new dynamic and exciting massage services to the table, thus establishing erotic massage as a recognised form of trade. In fact, statistics show that more people per annum go for erotic massages than for medical massages, like deep tissue, Swedish etc. that focus on repairing damaged muscle and tissue.

Now, in present day some of the most popular erotic massage services are Nuru (a Japanese massage that involves covering the body in the slippery, sexy nuru gel), Tantric (a massive branch of erotic massage that has many different forms but primarily involves focussing and relaxing the mind through bodily pleasure and learning how to control sexual energy to make mind-bending orgasms), Lingam (originally a Hindu massage that focuses on worshipping the penis), Chinese naked Body to body massage (a classic style that incorporates naked body contact with the masseuse, using her assets and hands to massage clients), Prostate (which focuses on massaging the prostate gland aka the male G- spot), four hands (a massage performed by two masseuse in synchronised formation), and of course the original and the most recognised worldwide… the ‘happy ending’ massage (a massage with hand relief.)

The future for erotic massage remains bright. If anything, with the current climate of loneliness and isolation that seems to have gripped the world following the emergence of the internet, erotic massages are more popular than ever. Even health and lifestyle bloggers are promoting the services as good for mental and psychical well-being. Scientific studies have been conducted identifying the importance of human touch and the detrimental impact of living without it. More and more people feel disconnected and disassociated from the world around them, porn has warped the minds of young people in regards to sex and the universal decline of religious power has left people with a sense of freedom that previous generations never had before. This is neither good nor bad; personally I don’t believe there is anything wrong with erotic massages. If anything, post-research for this article, I actually recognise the positive benefits of the services.

Who knows what the future of China might hold, who knows whether erotic massages will always be prevalent there… what we can know for sure is that you don’t need to fly all the way to China to get an authentic Asian massage. In fact, word is that some of the best Asian massage parlours in the world are located right here in the UK. If you ever find yourself in London town be sure to check our services out. We offer a brilliant range of exotic massages from our beauitful and playful Asian masseuses which are also avaliable at Heathrow aiport in London if you are travelling.

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Claire a Thai massage specalist working in the London area.

Men’s Minds Matter # Podcast 361: Today’s topic: The Health Benefits of a Thai massage

massageIS: Welcome to Men’s Minds Matters, this week we are discussing the health benefits of getting a thai massage. If you are tuning in live, hello and welcome and if you are reading the transcript, kindly transcribed by the lovely Carolynn, who will also publish it on our blog, hello to you too. My name is Ian Stewart and I will be your host this afternoon. Today we shall be discussing the health benefits of thai massage…To talk on the subject I have roped in an exciting array of guests.  First on my right here we have Trevor Arnold, a leading member of the UK’s massaging federation and talented gold player.

TA: Oh well, I wouldn’t know about that…

IS: You wiped the floor with me last weekend

TA: Well I suppose I did yes haha.

IS: Then we have Tracey Gooley, a retired thai masseuse turned entrepreneur.

TG: Hello

IS: And finally, as always we get a guy off the street- no I’m kidding, introducing regular panellist, and everyone’s favourite chip off the old block, my younger brother Paul Stewart.

PS: yeah you alright?

IS: What have you been up to this week Paul?

PS: Nothing really, my girlfriend broke up with me

IS: How long were seeing this one?

PS: Two weeks

IS: Two weeks, bloody hell Paul, what’re you doing to these women Paul?

PS: Me? She wanted me to move in with her and look after her kids every Tuesday night!

IS: I guess that’s dating in your 40’s for yer, eh paul?

PS: Yea

IS: Now that feels like an appropriate segway to the topic in hand… Many men, who like paul, are going through a breakup, will get an erotic massage to make them feel better, right? And see, the benefit of getting a massage in regards to the ‘happy ending’ element or even ‘full service’ goes without saying. However what is often overlooked is the actual benefits to your health you can get from having a massage.

PS: Like what?

IS: Well that is what we’ve got the panellists here to tell us. Let’s start with Tracey. As a former masseuse yourself you must have some key insight, right?

TG: well when I started maseussing in London in the 80’s it was a different time. We were given no formal training, no books, we were just shown by the other girls and a lot of the time we were just making it up. Haha those were the days, I mean now it’s completely changed of course. You couldn’t just rock up with some massage oil to a hotel and hope for the best. The girls working the circuit in London now have trained at professional massage schools and really deliver actual massage styles.

IS: So you don’t actually know anything about the benefits of a thai massage?

TG: Oh no I do, I knew I was coming on the show and I didn’t want to look like a dummy on air so I asked some girls I know that are still in the trade and now I’ve got a bunch of facts!

IS: Well go on then, shares with us what you know- pauls gasping here, wants to know whether its worth getting a massage rather than booking in with his therapist this week

PS: Eh… well you’re not wrong.

TG: Well, let’s see… Yes this one Thai masseuse, Chloe, lovely girl mind, she told me that a thai massage will rebalance the Cortisol and Serotonin in your body.

IS: the what now and the who now?

TG: Cortisol is the stress hormone- and when you have too much of that swimming around your body you feel rubbish. Serotonin is the happy hormone- it makes you feel all warm and nice. When you get a thai massage your body will naturally produce more serotonin, which removes the cortisol that might be swimming around your body- leaving you feeling much better after your massage than before you had it.

PS: Amazing.

IS: That enough to convince you Paul?

TG: Wait I’ve got more! I spoke to this really talented thai masseuse. Anna, she’s dead serious but got a heart of gold when you know her. Anyway, she told me a tonne of interesting health benefits..

IS: Go on…

TG: She said the stretching that is done to the muscles and limbs during a thai massage will relieve even chronic muscle pain as it targets deep muscle tension. She said that anyone getting a thai massage will notice a considerable lightness to their limbs after their session.

IS: Will it help me lose a stone?

TG: Well funny you say that, a thai massage will increase blood circulation- and good circulation improves the amount of oxygen going around your body.  A lack of oxygen can cause your glands to swell so you might appear slimmer post massage- and perhaps, now here’s me speculating, but maybe with all this positive serotonin dancing around your body, you might feel more motivated to go the gym, tackle that flubby tummy

IS: Flubby tummy! I had a large lunch! Just you wait; as soon as I’ve had a digest my stomach will be as flat as stone.

PS: A couple of a stones…

IS: moving on- We haven’t heard from our panellist expert yet, Trevor, you had been one of the leading members of the UK’s massage federation for the past 12 years. What do you know about the health benefits of thai massage?

TA: Well I mean you’ve have touched on a few key points already, I think what Tracey said about Serotonin was really interesting – and really hits on to my main expertise when it comes to massages. Over my time looking in to the subject I have learnt of the major benefits thai massage can have on men’s mental health.

IS: Oh really..

TA: Now I know not all men feel comfortable with discussing mental health, but it’s important so let’s not fanny around the subject.

PS: No you’re quite right.

TA: There are men out there dying because they can’t get in touch with their emotions, or their body, or their head- it’s an epidemic.

IS: you are absolutely right there Trev, no-one’s disagreeing with you there.

TA: Right sorry, sometimes I get a bit choked up, my son he, er. Anyway, Thai massage in particular is incredibly beneficial to improving your general mental health. Thai massage is a very meditative experience, it helps calm and settle the mind. The specific massage techniques designed for Thai massage were created to specifically relax the mind, something that is so important nowadays- what with the million distractions of social media, and our phones and the cartoons and the reality shows- sometimes we just need to stop. Getting a thai massage will help you fall into a meditative state.  Bliss. How important is that for the mind I ask you?

IS: Very important Terry

TA: Trev

IS: Trev sorry, well that’s all we’ve got time for tonight folks, I hope you’ve learnt something! And from all of us here at Men’s Minds Matter, see you next week.

 

Interested in Booking a Thai massage with a lovely masseuse? Have a look at our service page and the different styles of massage we can perform. Maybe a sexy Thai Nuru massage would be right up your street?

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