Gordon Inkeles had an itch in the 1970s. He thought that society was too puritanical, that people were starved of touch.

Author was touched by the Coastside – Half Moon Bay Review : Books.

 

By Sara Hayden sara@hmbreview.com

Gordon Inkeles had an itch in the 1970s. He thought that society was too puritanical, that people were starved of touch.
Seeking a way to disband taboo and encourage human connection, Inkeles took matters into his own hands at the age of 29 and wrote “The Art of Sensual Massage.” The first edition of the book was published by Straight Arrow Books in San Francisco in 1972, but has Coastside origins.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the book has sold more than one million copies. Inkeles said a Half Moon Bay cabin located up on Higgins Canyon Road gave him the isolation he needed to write.

Inkeles completed his massage school training in 1971 and set up a practice in the East Bay, but found sanctuary on 480 acres of Half Moon Bay land he rented that was surrounded by grass, redwoods and creeks.

“It was a little paradise really, although pretty run-down,” Inkeles said, remarkikng that the property he lived on once served as a hunting club.
He didn’t have a telephone, but he did have a typewriter that allowed him to tap out his massage manual.

The resulting guide features instructions on how to give a massage start to finish as well as accompanying photographs taken by Robert Foothorap. People pictured in the nude, sometimes in black and white and sometimes in color, explore nuanced shades of intimacy alongside Inkeles’s text.

“Massage has suffered from two stereotypes. One is the clinical, and the other is the sexual,” said Inkeles, now 70. “I wanted to celebrate youth and sensuality.”

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