The World's Best Selling Sensual Massage Books & DVDs by Gordon Inkeles



With six awards at international film/video festivals, this is the most comprehensive sensual massage video on the market. Sensual Massage Made Simple adds movement and sound to 70 minutes of real sensual massage. Stroke by stroke you will move confidently from head to toes spreading pleasure everywhere you go. Directed by the author of The Art of Sensual Massage, the world’s best selling massage book, every stroke has been chosen to maximize your partner’s pleasure. .

circling the arch

Massage is educated touch. Inkeles has chosen the strokes that people love the best and developed an easy-to-learn sensual massage.

You will learn exactly what to do everywhere on the body. You ll knead from head to toes. You ll learn stroking movements that flow up and down the torso, spreading warmth. And you ll learn to ease pain by applying friction and percussion to weary muscles.


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Arcata-Arts is now offering the Sensual Massage Made Simple for purchase and limited time rental. Now only 99 cents to rent!

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Filmed in 1974 and released in 1976 under the title Gameel Gamal (Oh! Beautiful Dancer), Gordon Inkeles’ 25-minute short played several film festivals and then vanished for 30 years. It presents a brief history of belly dancing, then tells the story of two young dancers, Katarina (pictured) and Taia, who are breaking into an apparently thriving belly-dance scene in San Francisco.


The new title is appropriate. The film contains entire belly dances by Katarina and Taia, and also by their senior, Amina, who tells them they should perform as if dancing for a king. We later see her dance, and that’s exactly what she does. Though short, the film is a satisfying introduction to belly-dance aesthetics, in that each of these classic dancers brings a special quality, a special talent and a slightly different approach to her work. But the film is something more, an unexpectedly touching document of this city a generation ago. I found out about the film because (full disclosure) I’m a friend of Katarina’s — known today as Stanford acting teacher Kay Kostopoulos and as the vocalist for Black Olive Jazz. I’m glad I did, because even beyond the belly-dance aspect, there’s something magical and wistful about traveling in this time machine and finding yourself on some lost yet vibrant afternoon, watching De Ann Adams (Miss Sonoma County 1968) perform an extended dance by the Embarcadero. Not everyone will be moved, but if you loved the ’70s, you’ll understand. — Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)



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Arcata-Arts is now offering the Classic Stars of Bellydance to purchase and limited time rental.

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Finalist, American Film Festival –19th Annual American Film Festival


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“There are no special tricks to massage—no hours of practicing weird techniques tedious new vocabulary to learn. With a warm quiet place and a bottle of scented oil you can spread pleasure over every inch of your partner’s body”

The Art of Sensual Massage


  • Winner of 6 awards at international film festivals

  • From the publishers of most popular sensual massage books and DVD’s
  • Available on your favorite devices

Sensual Massage Made Simple takes you step-by-step through a complete body massage.

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The Art of Sensual Massage was originally published by Straight Arrow Books, the book division of Rolling Stone Magazine. The book first appeared on March 1 1972. For the rest of that year Rolling Stone magazine featured half page spreads from the book.

Published in Rolling Stone ISSUE 109 – May 25th, 1972

Get Rid of Holiday Stress Once and For All


During massage the world seems to slow down to its natural pace; peace becomes a tangible sensation.

Massage works the first time you try it. Even though your technique may not be perfect, remember that people love being touched. Simply making unhurried contact with your partner’s body initiates a warm, deeply relaxing feeling.




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

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

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.” Author Page

Super Massage E-Book Published

A Book of the Month Club selection, Super Massage, now enhanced for ebook readers, offers fast, sensual relaxation in minutes. $8.95 on all e-book readers.

Super Massage

What did Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Marlene Deitrich, Henry Kissinger and Ulysses S. Grant have in common? They seldom left home without a masseur. Now you too can reap the delicious benefits of massage—just minutes after you begin this gorgeous new e-book.

Massage is a sensual art; you don’t think about it, you simply surrender to the pleasure. You will feel the pleasure just browsing through “Super Massage.” Written and photographed by Gordon Inkeles, author of the million-seller “The Art of Sensual Massage,” this new edition has been enhanced page by page for e-book readers.

Every page of “Super Massage” features easy-to-learn massage sequences that provide drugless relief from aches and pains. Easy-to-learn massage techniques for common ailments like headaches, muscle fatigue, insomnia, a stiff neck, back pain, headaches and stress-induced fatigue let you put the book to work right away. Here too are techniques to provide instant energy at home and at work with special attention to after exercise conditioning. Lovers will cherish the beautiful erotic massage section. The book also includes a provocative essay on massage and life extension.

Massage kneading muscles drawing

Inkeles takes aim at one of the unacknowledged scourges of the modern office: stress addiction. Learn to recognize “the seductive powers of stress” and what to do during a massage to break this nasty cycle. “Massaging the Stress Addict” shows you exactly what to do to bring drugless relief in minutes, a massage sequence that can be life-changing.

Do you feel like you could be getting more out of your “professional” massage? Take “The Massage Bill of Rights” to your next session and transform your massage experience.

Prize winning photographs by Gordon Inkeles appear on every page. Some are matched to exquisite anatomical illustrations by Icelandic fine artist Sigga Bjornsson. Jon Goodchild, designer of “The Art of Sensual Massage,” provided a beautiful new book design. As much a pleasure to read as it is to use, “Super Massage” makes an ideal romantic gift.

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