Massage has been practised in one form or another for thousands of years, and its beneficial effects are well established. An effective aid to relaxation, massage helps to smooth away stress, unknotting tense and aching muscles, relieving headaches and helping sleep problems. But massage is also invigorating: it improves the functioning of many of the body's systems, promotes healing and tones muscles, leaving you with a feeling of renewed energy. A good massage is as enjoyable to give as to receive, and with the right guidance and a little practice, everyone is capable of giving a wonderful therapeutic and pleasurable massage themselves, in the ease and comfort of their own home. This guide includes techniques for self massage, instant massage, and sports massage to soothe aching muscles and joints. It also includes sections on baby massage, massage for older people, and sensual massage for couples.