“ It is impossible to touch clients without them in turn touching us. A touch given is at the same time a touch received.”
--Fritz, Sandy, Mosby’s
Massage n.—manipulation of tissue (as by rubbing, kneading, or tapping) with the hand or an instrument for therapeutic purposes.
Massage vt.—to treat flatteringly.
The word massage is thought to be derived from several cultural sources.
1. Latin massa and the Greek masein and
masso mean to touch, handle, squeeze,
2. French verb masser—to knead.
3. Arabic mass or mass’h and the
Sanskrit makeh--press softly.
Therapist n.—one specializing in therapy; esp: a person trained in methods of treatment and rehabilitation other than the use of drugs or surgery.
Touch n.—to lay hands upon; to relate to; to leave a mark or impression on; to bring a bodily part into contact with especially so as to perceive through the tactile sense; handle or feel gently usually with the intent to understand or appreciate; to strike or to push lightly especially with the hand or foot or an implement.
(All definitions were taken from Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.)