Massage for Relaxation

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Massage For Relaxation

Massage for Relaxation.jpg

1987 VHS cover art

Directed by

Patricia Mooney

Produced by

Mark Schulze

Patricia Mooney

Written by

Patricia Mooney

Starring

Patricia Mooney

Maya Campos

Narrated by

Patricia Mooney

Music by

Richard Plasko

Cinematography

Mark Schulze

Distributed by

New & Unique Videos

Release date

1985

Running time

45 minutes

Country

United States

Language

English



Massage For Relaxation


is a 1985

instructional video

and was among the first on how to massage another person. Produced by Mark Schulze and Patricia Mooney of

New & Unique Videos

, of

San Diego, California

.


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Background

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Patricia Mooney graduated from the Mueller College of

Massage

in

San Diego

as a

massage technician

in 1981, and subsequently authored several articles in national publications. In 1987 she added additional footage of Self Massage instruction to the 1985 prequel.


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The film was videotaped and live-switched in a

Public-access television


studio

with three video cameras, and distributed worldwide on

VHS

,

Beta

and

PAL

videotape formats.


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Synopsis

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The instructional film shows Cleo (aka Patty Mooney) performing a massage on Maria (aka Maya Campos) using

Swedish Oil techniques

.


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Also included are instructions for a

Glowing Salt Rub

.





Massage For Relaxation

Instructional Video – Photo by Mark Schulze

Patty Mooney Demonstrates How to Massage the Abdomen inInstructional Video – Photo by Mark Schulze



Patty Mooney appears in Self-Massage Segment of Massage For Relaxation Instructional Video – Photo by Mark Schulze

Release

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New & Unique Videos was founded in 1985.


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That same year, the 45-minute instructional video

Massage for Relaxation

was listed in a

special interest

video Christmas catalog at

London

‘s

Heathrow Airport

bookstore.”


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Other special interest video distributors carried the title in their catalogs, including

Wood Knapp

,


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BFS

Limited in

Canada

, Instructional Video, Inc.,


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The Learning Annex

,


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and

Publishers Clearing House

.

In 2011, New & Unique Videos reissued

Massage For Relaxation

in

DVD

format, and made it available for

on-demand downloading

at video kiosks at

Microsoft

and

Sony Style

stores in

Europe

and the

United States

.


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Recognition

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Awards and nominations

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In 1985, the film won an International Television Association (ITVA) Video Medallion Award.


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Reception

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In July 1995, P.J. Birosik of


Nexus Magazine


noted the 1985 ITVA award and commented that the video had a “soothing score” making it “easy to relax while learning how to massage oneself or another.” He noted also that through closeup shots the demonstrations were clear and the proffered techniques of massage and salt rub were easy to learn.


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In September 1988,


Billboard Magazine


wrote that while “Everyone enjoys a good massage”, “the difficult part is getting someone to give you one,” noting “Briskly paced and modestly priced, this program just may make a dent in the sell-through market.”


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Vegetarian Times


wrote that after a hard workout, a massage is always welcome, and noted the instruction available through the film.


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Total Health Magazine

found the video to be unique in that it “is both instructional for someone learning to be a masseur and instructor Cleo demonstrates how to give yourself a massage. Techniques are plainly shown how to relieve tension in neck, shoulders, back, hips, chest, abdomen, legs, arms, feet, face and head”.


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Health Foods Business

wrote in 1988 that while the benefits of massage might be obtainable “from the hands of a trained and certified pro,” decent massage can be done by amateurs who use some of the available “books and video cassettes which, while not a substitute for a massage therapy course, can help the nonprofessional acquire some skills for home use.” They noted that

Massage For Relaxation

, put together in 1985 by trained masseuse and frequently published author Patricia Mooney, is one such video and that it contained “a 15-minute section on self-massage.”


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The

Video Rating Guide for Libraries

wrote that while the video’s cover jacket was “attractive and provocative”, it was an otherwise “highly professional, nonpornographic treatment of whole body massage,” noting that the camera angles and detail work presented an “excellent focus on various techniques of massage”, and that the benefits of whole body massage were featured with “emphasis placed on relieving pain and enhancing digestion.” They made special note of the video including detailed explanation of self-massage techniques, and that the instructor’s demonstrations of a wide variety of techniques would be “especially useful for novices”.


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