Salsa Massage

Salsa Massage

Salsa Massage (also known as "'Cuban Massage") is the practice of massage using the rhythms of what has commonly come to be known as "Salsa music". Salsa music is usually played during a session, not just for the enjoyment of the practitioners and clients, but to aid in maintaining the rhythm of the massage movements.

Salsa Massage is first reported to have appeared in the 1950s in the Hispanic operated parlours of Westside, New York. The "Salsa" naming was certainly an American coining, but the technique itself most likely came over with Cuban & Puerto Rican immigrants and probably has its origins in West and Central Africa, where "chuma", the practice of a vigorous "beating" to the sound of drum music, is still commonly used by men to limber up for a day of hard back breaking work in the fields.

With the 1970s/80s explosion of interest in Salsa music outside the Hispanic community (no doubt aided by films such "Dirty Dancing"), Salsa Massage techniques were combined into some of the newer techniques such as Holistic and Esalen massage. Never considered an actual "technique" in itself by the main schools of massage thought, it is taught in a few schools as an option or a variation on the main techniques. The practice has now largely fallen back into the newly immigrated Hispanic communities.

According to practitioners, the Salsa Massage "experience" consists of

* The basic massage movements are based on whatever is the mainstay technique of the practitioner (Swedish, Holistic, etc)
* All massage movements are made in time to the rhythm, and many practitioners equate it to playing hand drums.
* Gentle rocking of the body and flexing of the muscles by the patient is encouraged
* The patient is encouraged feel the music and move towards an almost trance like state with the music, to "pump" energy around the body

Just as with dance, all practitioners have their own style and some patients may prefer one over another for no obvious reason. Indeed it is said to properly appreciate a Salsa Massage, you need to appreciate the music first.

Salsa Massage is claimed to help various ailments:

* Neck, Back, Hip, Leg and Foot joint stiffness
* Reduce Headaches or migraines
* Improve surface circulation
* Boost energy levels

Sceptics suggest that there is nothng special about Salsa music, and that any "beautiful" music would do as well. However, proponents claim that Salsa is ideal because of its strong beat and simple rhythm, coupled with the rest in each bar. The Dominican Merengue and Cuban Son are generally the favoured flavours for a Salsa Massage.

Some practitioners say that the modern Salsa music (also known as Latin Jazz), most notably that by Carlos Santana, can give the general public the (wrong) impression of a Salsa Massage, as a more sexually orientated one, better practiced in a brothel.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • MythBusters (2008 season) — Country of origin Australia United States No. of episodes 20 (includes 8 specials) Broadcast Original channel Discovery Channel …   Wikipedia

  • Simona Orinska — (born August 18, 1978 in Ērgļi, Latvia) is the only butoh artist in Latvia and a multidisciplinary artist contemporary dancer, poet, director and choreographer of many art projects. She is also a Dance Therapy or Dance Movement Therapy… …   Wikipedia

  • Dahhej — Format Drama Created by 9X Starring see below …   Wikipedia

  • Coach Trip (series 7) — Coach Trip  ◄ ►  Seventh Series (2011) Name Entry Exit    …   Wikipedia

  • List of albums containing a hidden track — This list contains the names of albums that contain a hidden track and also information on how to find them. Please note that not all printings of an album contain the same track arrangements, so your copy of album X may or may not have the… …   Wikipedia

  • Columbus State Community College — Not to be confused with Columbus Technical College. Columbus State Community College Motto It s where the world is going Established 1963 Type Community college …   Wikipedia

  • What Women Want (TV series) — Infobox Television show name = What Women Want caption = format = camera = picture format = audio format = runtime = 1 hour (per normal episode) creator = developer = PhoSumpro 8TV producer = Tan Yin Yin Joanne Chin executive producer = starring …   Wikipedia

  • AVN Awards — Cérémonie des AVN Awards 2007 Prix remis AVN Award Description Récompense l excellence dans le cinéma pornographique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sacramento International Airport — Infobox Airport name = Sacramento International Airport nativename = nativename a = nativename r = image width = caption = IATA = SMF ICAO = KSMF FAA = SMF type = public owner = County of Sacramento operator = city served = Sacramento, California …   Wikipedia

  • Hailar District — Infobox Settlement name =Hailar District official name = other name = native name = nickname = settlement type =District total type = motto = translit lang1=Chinese translit lang1 type=Characters translit lang1 info=海拉尔区 translit lang1… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”