• WordNet 3.6
    • v massage give a massage to "She massaged his sore back"
    • v massage manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes "She rubbed down her child with a sponge"
    • n massage kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Denver, Colorado it is illegal for Barber's to give massages to nude customers unless it is for instructional purposes.
    • n Massage A rubbing or kneading of the body, especially when performed as a hygienic or remedial measure.
    • v. t Massage (Med) To treat by means of massage; to rub or knead; as, to massage a patient with ointment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Nine out of 10 Americans tell pollsters they have never had a professional massage.
    • n massage An obsolete form of message.
    • n massage In therapeutics, the act or art of applying intermittent pressure and strain to the muscles and other accessible tissues of the patient. The means employed are rubbing, kneading, and light pounding, combined ordinarily with more or less additional stimulation of the skin, as by friction and slapping. This manipulation furthers the removal of lymph from the parts, which is especially needful when the lymphatic flow is sluggish through lack of muscular exercise; it apparently quickens the blood-circulation through the part, and furnishes gentle vasomotor exercise; it acts possibly as a direct trophic stimulus to muscular and sustentacular tissues; by stretching ligamentous structures it maintains or increases suppleness; in the abdomen it stimulates and aids peristalsis; and as a general stimulation of sensory nerves it may affect favorably the nutrition of the central nervous system. It is represented in the customs of many primitive peoples, and in a developed form constitutes a valuable resource of modern scientific therapeutics.
    • massage In medicine, to treat by the process called massage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Massage ma-säzh′ in medicine, a system of treatment in which the manipulation and exercise of parts (passive movement) are employed for the relief of morbid conditions—by stroking, pressing, tapping, kneading, friction with kneading, &c
    • v.t Massage to subject to massage
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  • Jean Cocteau
    “A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system.”
  • H. L. Phillips
    H. L. Phillips
    “Oratory is the art of making deep noises form the chest sound like important massages from the brain.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

The therapist saw that Stanton was in no mood for conversation, so he proceeded with the massage in silence.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
His hand flew up to massage his larynx.
"The Right Time" by Walter Bupp
Lord Darcy massaged his right wrist gently, as if he felt where the lid would have hit if he had tried to open the inner lid.
"The Eyes Have It" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The fire was gentle and massaged the chill from his fingers.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
Wes Craig finished massaging the girl and then went on and did the same for the two warriors.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
When he snapped it off the massage arms shot out, rubbing him dry with soft, plastic puffs.
"The Instant of Now" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
And I'm bought up by the hour, like a bloomin' he massage artist!
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
The rubbery hands of the autobath were soft and massaged him gently and expertly.
"Tangle Hold" by F. L. Wallace
The party reached the first terrace and stopped while Tony massaged his hands.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
Two of these pads are used, and the skin beaten or massaged by each hand alternately.
"Notes on Stable Management in India and the Colonies" by Joshua A. Nunn

In poetry:

You with your sad comicality,
You with your bum badinage--
Confound your congeniality!
Confound your "Facial Massage?"
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

They massage in a relaxing balm and then she brushes on a peel that bubbles and tingles.
The success of qigong massage in helping calm autistic children has led to a research project on the technique in Oregon.
Now, a massage therapy school in Destin has adopted and modified the program.
Fake Massage Parlor Inspector Demands Rubdown .
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif (AP) — A California man is charged with demanding a rubdown and $200 while pretending to be a massage parlor inspector.
Don't look for a Galapagos massage, unless it's your mind that needs a rubdown .
THE last place I expected to have the insides of my ears massaged was in a New England Yankee town.
Ty Webb knows that any good massage needs a few gallons of massage oil — just ask Lacey Underall.
There's a new massage therapist in town.
Poling is a licensed massage therapist with mobile services based in Tiffin.
With Exclusive Commentary From Massage Envy About How to Talk Sleep With Your Clients.
Heather Schlachter, owner of Somatic Therapy Associates Massage and Wellness Center in Lafayette, Calif at the center on Thursday, May 27, 2010.
They enter the massage parlors as undercover detectives.
The professional athletes tent offered massages, refreshments and camaraderie to elite runners.
Four Arrested During Undercover Sting Operation Targeting Simi Valley Massage Parlors.

In science:

H (ρ + p) = −T These can be massaged further.
Holography and Brane-bulk Energy Exchange
Proposition 3.5 then delivers a trace inequality, which can be massaged into the desired form using the cyclicity of the trace and the fact that standard functions of the same matrix commute.
Matrix Concentration Inequalities via the Method of Exchangeable Pairs
In App. C we show how Eqs. (B.55) can be massaged into more familiar expressions for σDC , both in the absence and presence of interactions [cf.
Influence Functional for Decoherence of Interacting Electrons in Disordered Conductors
Photometry gives us the apparent magnitude m and our massaging of the light curves allows fixing M .
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
The foundations of this physical strategy were established while massaging and eventually dismissing the November theory, and during the creation and elaboration of the Entwurf theory.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity