the act or art of treating the body by rubbing, kneading, patting, or the like, to stimulate circulation, increase suppleness, relieve tension, etc.
Slang. attentive or indulgent treatment; pampering: ego massage.
to treat by massage.
Slang. to treat with special care and attention; coddle or pamper: The store massages its regular customers with gifts and private sales.
to manipulate, maneuver, or handle skillfully: to massage a bill through the Senate.
to manipulate, organize, or rearrange (data, figures, or the like) to produce a specific result, especially a favorable one: The auditors discovered that the company had massaged the books.
- mas·sag·er, mas·sag·ist, noun
- massage , message
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How to use massage in a sentence
It offers a unique combination of water pressure and pulsations with 10 settings plus a massage mode for gum stimulation.Home and office products that make sure-fire gifts | PopSci Commerce Team | October 8, 2020 | Popular-Science
You can include location-specific activities, like riding horses and trekking on a glacier, along with more general activities like dancing, getting massages, or spending long hours in bed.
A massage ball is used by physical therapists across the globe to address pressure points, myofascial relief, reducing pain.
This miracle worker can simulate a bi-directional massage as well as deep kneading, with 8 different settings.
Of course, there was the food, always the food, but also dry cleaning, oil changes, fitness centers, massages, language classes, and on and on and on.The complaints of the entitled workers of Silicon Valley | Adam Lashinsky | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
Women are not taught to get a massage or do anything for ourselves because it makes us feel extraordinarily guilty.
massage techniques are also a far cry from the Thai or Swedish variety found in most vacation destinations.How the French Do Detox: Inside France’s Most Star-Studded Wellness Retreat | Brandon Presser | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I thought I could feel something, but it was hard to tell if it was residual tingling from the massage or magic on the path.
And few of us can deny the benefits of a good massage or yoga session.
Ordinarily, a medical team might massage the heart an hour before giving up.
A little gentle massage to rejooce th' most prom'nent prochooberances is all that is nicissry.Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
Madame Querterot, with hands ice cool, went back to her massage, and for a little while again no one spoke.Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels | Mrs. Charles Bryce
One hour of massage is equivalent to several hours of active movement.
Those who, through some illness or infirmity, cannot take exercise, will find the greatest benefit from massage.
If skilled massage cannot be obtained, gentle rubbing of the limb will fulfil the same useful purpose.
British Dictionary definitions for massage
the act of kneading, rubbing, etc, parts of the body to promote circulation, suppleness, or relaxation
to give a massage to
to treat (stiffness, aches, etc) by a massage
to manipulate (statistics, data, etc) so that they appear to support a particular interpretation or to be better than they are; doctor
massage someone's ego to boost someone's sense of self-esteem by flattery
- massager or massagist, noun
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