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Belly massage / stomach massage
Receiving a belly massage is perhaps one of the most intimate and spiritually deep massages available in the world of massage. The belly is soft and vulnerable, unprotected, and so strongly connected to health, emotion, the deepest ego, and with sensuality as well.
The stomach often tends to collect various tensions. In the muscles and deeper organs of the belly we may notice pain, lack of blood circulation, a feeling of being rigid or bloated and perhaps cramps. This happens when something is wrong or when the body is at a loss where to send pent-up tensions.
Accepting and undergoing stomach massage requires trust and a complete yielding on the part of the one who receives. On the side of the masseur it requires a high level of sensitivity and awareness of energy.
I apply these techniques: radiation hovering, butterfly floating, some millimeters above the surface of the belly, quiet touch, soft 'effleurage' stokes, stronger paths along the ridges of all bones, pressing the meridian pressure points. It includes the full touch of ten fingers held wide, with radiated warmth and attention. On special demand I will go deeper down the side into the soft tissue in order to reach the Ilia-Psoas muscle.
Today I experienced the very first tears of joy... welling up slowly in my closed eyes, tears of abundance, goodness, wholeness, really for the first time in my life. Before that moment I knew only of tears of pain and sorrow. Thank you so much for this experience of opening me up. I felt so full and oceanic and safe.
(Anna, in a Hotel room massage with husband present)
Being Quiet and Trusting
Giving and reciving massage takes place in inner calmness and concentration on the basis of serenity and trust.
The massage which I give is slow ; it is called 'holistic' or 'intuitive'. It is applied with two full hands on the partner, and is aimed at relaxation and in the best of cases it may trigger - in the one who receives - an inner sensation of flow, peace, serenity and bliss. It is quite allright to enjoy and the human mind may soar as well. My motivation is in the pleasure of giving and receiving.
Photos: Jeroen Leclercq, www.hollandfoto.com.
Structure of a Session
Initially the body is eithera) covered with a cloth made out of the finest French linen. After the pulsing session - through the cloth - which lasts a few minutes I will uncover one body part at the time so I can touch the skin.
b) nude, receiving an opening session of various techniques from the Way of the Calm Caress.
When covered initially, I start to uncover part of the body. I have learned to massage these body parts: in a table massage the head, neck, shoulders, back and the sides, arms and hands ; upper chest ; ribs, stomach, buttocks, reins, legs and last but not least, both feet.
If a man gets an erection, I do not see this as a problem at all. This is a force of mother nature. We do not pay attention.
Throughout the session I also enjoy doing pulsings and stretchings. It is also possible to perform a quiet dance in which the person who receives massage fully accepts the limb movements and relaxation.
Within a session of a good hour a choice is made of the body parts mentioned above; this selection is geared both towards the situation and the needs of the one who gives and receives. Before starting I do appreciate a talk and perhaps some loosening the muscles and grounding the body.
At the end of the session various parts of the body have been touched with energy and care; regaining the sense of unity of the body is reached by the repeated feathery light trace on the whole body of 'energizing finishing strokes'
Thus whole session takes between a half hour to an hour.
I enjoy exchanging - but can also give massages. A handicap is no objection. Yet I will not treat serious medical conditions as I am not a licensed physiotherapist.
I do speak Dutch, English, German and also some French and Italian and I have studied at the Amsterdam Free University (Vrije Universiteit)
Lichaam & Ziel [Body & Soul] is my company name; I can receive you at my home or visit you in the Amsterdam area; my professional massage table can be moved by car.
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Center for Applied Massage Art - Kees Kaldenbach, email@example.com. Haarlemmermeerstraat 83 hs, 1058 JS Amsterdam (near Surinameplein, ring road exit s106, tram 1 and 17). Telephone 020 669 8119; cell phone 06 - 2868 9775. Open seven days a week.
I give this massage at various addresses: at my home address (see above), or your own home or at your hotel.
Masseur Kees Kaldenbach is collaborating with a number of masseurs and masseuses in Amsterdam. He is also active as a masseur in the finest and most luxurious hotels.
Lichaam & Ziel [Body & Soul] is registered at the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce, number 3419 6612.
See Akademie voor Massage en Beweging www.akademie.nl.
For prices please call or email me.
A client bringing in a new customer gets a one time E 10,- rebate.
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Psychological Bulletin, January 2004 highlights
MASSAGE THERAPIY AGAINST DEPRESSION
Psychologists at Illinois University have researched effectiveness of massage therapy. A series of visits to the masseur may reduce depression, anxiety and pain. Even single visits may help alleviating anxiety and pain and may reduce hypertension and a high heart rate.
Psychological Bulletin, January 2004