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Archive-name: backrubs/faq/intro
Last-modified: 13 April 2001
Maintainer: J. Blustein <>

Copyright: (c) 1994-2001 J. Blustein. All rights reserved. See question 0.7 for details.

Some questions come up time and time again in alt.backrubs. Often the questions are interesting and the answers are not immediately obvious. However, each time one of these questions appears, much bandwidth and reader time is wasted on repetitive responses. These six articles are posted to alt.backrubs (and alt.answers and news.answers) every two weeks in an attempt to answer the most common questions, so that discussion can move on to more interesting topics. Your suggestions for changes to these articles are welcome. Please see question 0.2 for information about whom to contact. Question 0.3 is about what changes are planned. The disclaimer is in question 0.6. All of those questions appear below, in section 0. If you are new to Usenet you might find questions 1.4 and 5.2.6 especially helpful. Questions that have been added or updated recently have a * before their number below.

Subject: List of Categories and questions
The questions answered here are divided into several categories:
Section 0 Administrivia and Acknowledgements
Section 1 General Questions
Section 2 Basics of Massage
Section 3 Novice Questions
Section 4 Professional Massage
Section 5 Other Sources of Information
Section 6 There is *no* section 6!

Each category is in a separate posting. Each posting includes a brief list of the questions answered in it. This page contains a detailed table of contents for all the postings.

Here is the list of questions in all the categories:
Section 0: Administrivia and Acknowledgements
0.1) Where can I get a recent copy of this document?
0.2) Whom should I flame for anything I don't like about this FAQL?
0.3) What is on the To Do list?
0.3 a) What projects are up for grabs?
0.3 b) What projects are people working on now?
* 0.4) Recent changes to this list
0.5) Acknowledgements
0.6) Disclaimer
0.7) Notice of copyright
Section 1: General Questions
1.1) What is alt.backrubs about?
1.2) I have a question not answered here. Should I post?
1.3) What does this acronym stand for?
1.3 a) alt.backrubs acronyms
1.3 b) organizations
1.3 c) other acronyms and abbreviations
1.3 d) `Please, sir, I want some more.'
1.4) Help! I'm new to this whole Usenet/'net thing
1.5) What must I know about anonymous posts?
1.6) What should I do about 'net abuse (spams, scams and ads)?
* 1.7) Does anyone discuss anything here anymore?
Section 2: Basics of Massage
2.1) What is massage? What is bodywork and how do they differ?
* 2.2) What are some examples of massage, bodywork & related therapies?
2.2 a) Swedish
2.2 b) Shiatsu
2.2 c) Reflexology
2.2 d) Aromatherapy
2.2 e) On-site massage
2.2 f) Erotic massage
2.2 g) Trigger point and Myotherapy
2.2 h) Polarity
2.2 i) Myofascial release
2.2 j) Craniosacral
2.2 k) Reiki
2.2 l) Trager
2.2 m) Hakomi
2.2 n) Jim Shin Do
2.2 o) Neuromuscular therapy
2.2 p) Pfrimmer deep muscle therapy
2.2 q) Rolfing [coming soon?]
2.2 r) Alexander
2.2 s) Feldenkreis
2.2 t) Hellerwork
2.2 u) others
2.3) Where can I read about massage techniques?
2.4) Is massage a sexual technique?
2.5) Could I hurt anyone if I do something wrong?
2.6) What does this technical term mean?
Section 3: Novice Questions
3.1) How should I start?
3.2) Where can I find people to give/receive massages? [See also 4.3]
3.3) What can I do about ticklishness?
3.4) What oil should I use?
3.5) How can I get oils?
3.6) Is there anything I can do about my tired hands?
Section 4: Professional Massage
4.1) What about licencing, certification and professional training?
4.1 a) Books, magazines and other resource guides
4.1 b) What are the AMTA and the ABMP?
4.2) Professional issues
4.2 a) What's in the archive?
4.2 b) Emotional response considerations
4.3) Finding a good professional massage
4.3 a) How can I tell what I'll get before I get there?
4.3 b) How can I tell how competent a MT is before I pay them?
4.3 c) What referral services can I call upon for recommendations?
4.4) Advice for a recipient of professional massage
4.5) How much will it cost? Should I tip? Can I get it cheaper?
4.6) I've got the following symptoms. What do you advise?
Section 5: Other Network Sources of Information
5.1) Other Frequent Postings to alt.backrubs
5.1.1) The [extinct] backrubs exchange
5.1.2) The alt.backrubs archive
5.1.3) The World Wide Web version of the alt.backrubs FAQL
5.2) Other Network Resources
5.2.1) Reference: Frequent postings to other newsgroups
5.2.1 a) List of Medical FAQLs
5.2.1 b) Stretching and Flexibility FAQL
5.2.1 c) Typing Injuries FAQL
5.2.2) Reference: Other archives and collections
5.2.2 a) Sunsite Alternative Healthcare Collection
5.2.2 b) Internet/Bitnet Health Sciences Resources
5.2.2 c) Internet Resources on Alternative Medicine
5.2.2 d) Acu-Ki Institute
* 5.2.3) Reference: World Wide Web Sites
5.2.3 a) A basic guide to Aromatherapy
5.2.3 b) The Center for Reiki Training
5.2.3 c) Complementary Medicine WWW Page
5.2.3 d) Aesclepian Chronicles
5.2.3 e) The OrMed Mailing List WWW Page
5.2.3 f) An Illustrated Guide to Muscles & Medical Massage ...
5.2.3 g) Where is the archive for newsgroup X?
5.2.4) Discussion: Newsgroups, mailing-lists and gateways
5.2.4 a) newsgroup
5.2.4 b) BODYWORK mailing-list
5.2.4 c) PARACELSUS mailing-list
5.2.4 d) newsgroup
5.2.4 e) newsgroup / FIBROM-L mailing-list
5.2.4 f) tuite mailing-list
5.2.4 g) aromatherapy mailing-list
5.2.4 h) alt.folklore.herbs newsgroup
5.2.4 i) alt.aromatherapy newsgroup
5.2.4 j) SOREHAND mailing-list
5.2.4 k) iu610-L mailing-list
5.2.4 l) alt.reiki newsgroup
5.2.4 m) newsgroup
5.2.4 n) More lists
5.2.5) Discussion: Other groups (not Usenet, not mailing lists)
5.2.5 a) BODYWORK Fidonet echo
5.2.5 b) Compuserve Massage and Bodywork Forum
5.2.5 c) Massagenet
5.2.6) Miscellaneous: Network resources
5.2.6 a) How to find the right place to post FAQL
5.2.6 b) news.groups.questions newsgroup
5.2.6 c) Usenet Info Center (the `Bible of Usenet')
5.2.6 d) Where is the archive for newsgroup X?
5.2.6 e) The Internet by E-Mail FAQL
5.2.7) Miscellaneous: Major lists of Internet and Usenet resources
5.2.7 a) Scott Yanoff's Updated Internet Services List
5.2.7 b) List of Periodic Informational Postings
5.2.7 c) Publicly Accessible Mailing Lists

Questions that have been added or updated recently have a * before their number above.

Jamie Blustein <>
No trees were destroyed to create this post.
Question 0.1 tells you how to get a copy of this article.
You should not have to pay to get any (or all) of the six parts of this FAQL.


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