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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
massage
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a foot massage
▪ Would you like a foot massage?
massage parlour
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
aromatherapy
▪ Owen received aromatherapy massage weekly for about three months.
▪ The same can be said of receiving intuitive aromatherapy massage from a friend.
▪ If carried out with sensitivity rather than in a stiff and mechanical way, aromatherapy massage is a potent form of hands-on healing.
▪ For about a year afterwards Anna received aromatherapy massage whenever she felt the need - once, sometimes twice, a month.
▪ As mind and body are interrelated, the emotional effects of skilled, but sensitive aromatherapy massage can be profound.
▪ The emphasis is on aromatherapy massage which is one of the finest techniques available for soothing the detrimental effects of stress.
▪ Setting the Scene A calm, comfortable setting will enhance the experience of aromatherapy massage.
▪ Owen knew his parents had been having aromatherapy massage, so I think it made him feel grown-up and important.
body
▪ A full body massage lasts around an hour and costs in the region of £25 to £30.
▪ The therapy aims to stimulate the nervous system by body massage and manipulation.
▪ Having your neck and shoulders rubbed, or better still a full body massage, is a good investment.
▪ Facials, body massage, ear piercing - it's all on offer.
foot
▪ Even a gentle foot massage with lovely smelling oils, if he comes home stressed out, could lead to more.
▪ Eileen, who is based in Birkenhead, Wirral, mainly practices reflexology which treats ailments through foot massage.
▪ So which members of the Cabinet feel the need for his curative foot massage?
▪ A foot massage by a trained chiropodist is sure to put the spring back into your step and treatments start at £15.
parlor
▪ It was once more about five minutes before we set out for the alleyway behind the Love Me Tender massage parlor.
parlour
▪ Finally he got up from his desk and walked out into the foyer of the massage parlour.
▪ Violet Mapping had been running this massage parlour for five years.
▪ Backward, and yet forward A principled, worldwide massage parlour owned by everybody: doesn't that sound better?
▪ Two years to the day after the killing, three women were working in the former Pinky's massage parlour.
▪ Her bloodstained body was found at Pinky's massage parlour, Boughton, where she worked.
therapist
▪ With more than 60 part-time massage therapists, there is a wide range of body work available.
■ VERB
give
▪ After giving massage, hold your hands under a running tap.
▪ It gave the older massage parlors a maximum of two years to move to conforming locations or cease operations.
▪ Neighbours rushed out and gave Linda heart massage and mouth to mouth resuscitation.
▪ They should also give a pleasant massage effect.
▪ These are the pounding, clapping and slapping. Give yourself a massage either standing up or sitting down on a towel.
▪ I always find she gives me the best massage I have anywhere in the world.
▪ If your boyfriend gave you a massage would it do any good?
▪ Soigneur A person who gives massage and every other kind of comfort to exhausted, injured or demoralised riders.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Massage can help relieve stress.
▪ Once a month, Mary gets a massage and facial.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A half-hour massage is $ 30.
▪ For about a year afterwards Anna received aromatherapy massage whenever she felt the need - once, sometimes twice, a month.
▪ I immediately started giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and heart massage.
▪ In previous fasts, massage moderated his aches.
▪ Tennis courts, a fitness room, sauna, massage and beauty parlour are all available at a charge payable locally.
▪ Treating yourself to a real massage is, of course, the ultimate indulgence.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
body
▪ You also need physical touch-in relationships, massage therapy, or through massaging your own body with oils or lotions.
foot
▪ Joe recommended that everyone thoroughly dried and massaged their feet before climbing into a sleeping bag or they risked skin rot.
hand
▪ He held his swagger-stick in his left hand and massaged it with his right.
▪ Finally, your hands are massaged with hand cream.
▪ She watched the play of sinews and veins over the backs of his hands as he massaged the cream in.
▪ When you use a hand cream, massage it into your nails, too.
▪ After that, he ignored the hand and massaged Bobby's arm until he felt the sensation of burning coals.
shoulder
▪ Adam knelt behind her head and started to massage her shoulders.
▪ Scott reached up and massaged his own shoulders as best he could.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Helen leaned over and massaged the back of her neck.
▪ Speech writers were busy massaging the facts to be presented.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Allow the water to cascade down up-stretched arms while you massage elbows and upper arms.
▪ He held his swagger-stick in his left hand and massaged it with his right.
▪ I reached up to massage the sinews and tendons of her back.
▪ I took off my shoes and rested my feet on her thighs as she massaged them.
▪ Or: Youngest Daughter, massage my temples.
▪ Sometimes my father would explain how you should never massage to the heart.
▪ Try using a smaller amount, massaging it between your fingers before applying hair to ensure that it's evenly distributed.
▪ We have become expert in the physiognomy of pleasure, the nodes to press, the points to massage.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Massage

Massage \Mas"sage\, v. t. (Med.) To treat by means of massage; to rub or knead; as, to massage a patient with ointment.

Massage

Massage \Mas"sage\, n. [F.] A rubbing or kneading of the body, especially when performed as a hygienic or remedial measure.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
massage

1874, from massage (n.). Related: Massaged; massaging.

massage

1874, from French massage "friction of kneading," from masser "to massage," possibly from Arabic massa "to touch, feel, handle;" if so, probably picked up in Egypt during the Napoleonic campaign there. Other possibility is that French got it in colonial India from Portuguese amassar "knead," a verb from Latin massa "mass, dough" (see mass (n.1)). Massage parlor first attested 1894, from the start a euphemism for "house of prostitution."

Wiktionary
massage

n. The action of rubbing, kneading or hitting someone's body, to help the person relax, prepare for muscular action (as in contact sports) or to relieve aches. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To rub and knead (someone's body or a part of a body), to perform a massage on (somebody). 2 (context transitive English) To manipulate (data, a document etc.) to make it more presentable or more convenient to work with. 3 (context transitive English) To falsify (data or accounts).

WordNet
massage

n. kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation

massage
  1. v. manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes; "She rubbed down her child with a sponge" [syn: rub down, knead]

  2. give a massage to; "She massaged his sore back"

Wikipedia
Massage

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. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, feet, or a massage device. Depending on the application and technique used, massage is used to promote relaxation and well-being, and is beneficial in treating sports injuries and other problems affecting the musculature of the body such as postural misalignment and many painful conditions. Massage can also be sexual in nature (see Erotic massage).

In professional settings massage clients are 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. Aquatic massage and bodywork is performed with recipients submersed or floating in a warm-water therapy pool. The massage subject may be fully or partially clothed or unclothed.

Usage examples of "massage".

Additionally, use your free fingers to gently massage his testicles, pressing against his perineum or grazing his anal area.

But by placing your hands on his butt cheeks, you can hold him inside you and receive clitoral stimulation, while also massaging his buttocks and anal area.

His jacket clutched in his hand, he stopped walking and massaged his eyes, an asty feeling settling in his gut.

A better bet for the budget traveler is to book a room at this homey inn, then walk a few blocks up the street for a mud bath and massage.

From the masseuse, he learned that she had a full-body massage every week, usually on Monday afternoons, though she wanted to change it this week, and if Griffin was interested, the menu included not only Swedish massage, but reflexology, hydromassage, and conditioning body scrubs.

When the Rowan began the metamorphic massage which Lusena had taught her as being useful in reducing shock, Moria complained that the Rowan was deliberately bruising her feet.

She held her breath as she imagined the slender, strong hands cupping her breasts from behind, then palming and massaging her prinked nipples.

Between the steambath and massage they brought me food, something like a cheese quesadilla only much better than anything like it I had ever tasted.

His hands flutter over the sculpture, then begin to massage it skillfully and Scop thinks that he hears a bizarre groan.

Spermwhale, shaking his head sadly as he looked over at the simpering choirboy sitting on the grass, red hair tousled by Harold Bloomguard who still worked frantically massaging his wrists and neck.

Most day spas offer a variety of treatments, from a half-hour massage, body wrap, or facial to an herbal bath, hydrotherapy treatment, or reflexology treatment.

It was an alabaster jar of spikenard, which she massaged into my hair.

And there are now so many people wearing Cluthe Automatic Massaging Trusses, or who have worn them until cured, that simply by one man recommending the Cluthe Truss to another the prejudice against the word truss is bound to be overcome in time.

With the unconcernedness of a machine, she had lifted a hand and was slowly massaging her cheek and neck.

Recently, in cases of dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea dysmenorrhagia, and like sexual disorders, massage or gentle flagellation of the parts contiguous with the genitalia and pelvic viscera has been recommended.