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Lover's Massage (Alexander Institute)

Lover's Massage (Alexander Institute)

Studio: Alexander Institute
Category:  Instructional
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astroknight's ratings for Lover's Massage (Alexander Institute):
Overall Rating 3.5 stars
Lover's Massage (Alexander Institute) overall rating 3.5 stars
Female Looks Lover's Massage (Alexander Institute) Female looks rating 4.5 stars
Male Looks Lover's Massage (Alexander Institute) Male looks rating 4 stars
Sex Lover's Massage (Alexander Institute) Sex rating 0 stars
Plot/Acting Lover's Massage (Alexander Institute) Plot/Acting rating 4.5 stars
Extras Lover's Massage (Alexander Institute) DVD Extras rating 4 stars
Audio/Video Quality Lover's Massage (Alexander Institute) A/V Quality rating 2.5 stars
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  9/16/2005

The Little Details

Running Time: 53 min.

Production Date: 2002

Director: None credited

Cast: None credited with the exception of Dr. Patti Britton

The Short Story

Initial Expectations: I haven’t heard anything about the Alexander Institute’s DVDs, but they’ve impressed me with their selection of educational videos. I’m going into this one with a bit of hope.

Initial Reaction: It’s a bit long due to the format, but also very well done.

Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting to learn a few massage techniques

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting a very clinical look at massage or actual sex

The Technical Stuff

Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are okay. The audio is clear and free of background noises. It’s fairly well balanced, but there are a few areas where the balance leaves the audio feeling a little jumbled. The video is also okay. There’s a bit of grain throughout the movie and the lighting varies slightly as well. Sometimes it helps the feature and sometimes it gives it an odd feeling due to lighting jumps.

Music: The music is very romantic and varies slightly in balance throughout the movie. It helps the movie almost the entire time.

Disc Complaints: The DVD authoring is very basic. To start with, there’s no time stamp, which means you’re limited to chapter breaks and scanning through most of the movie for navigating the DVD. The menus are also very rough, making you select each selection once to select it and then selecting it again to activate it. I hope these are just problems that are due to this being an early Alexander Institute release, but I’m not sure. There’s also a commercial for the Alexander Institute’s Intimate Loving series that you can’t skip past or even fast forward through. This always pisses me off, and I’m deducting a half point from the overall score because of it.

Menus: The menus are very simple. The both the main menu and the chapter menu clearly lay out the choices with a still behind them.

The Feature

With sensual touch, one has to learn how to appreciate their surroundings. One shouldn’t just jump into massage for the full experience, as you should want soft and warm surroundings. Attention should also be paid to the other senses through things such as music, incense, food and drink, and touch without losing a sense of fun. After covering ways to prepare for a massage techniques are covered for back massage, including the different types of touch which can be used. Naturally, front massage is covered next, including extra tips for massaging the head, hands, and feet.

The material in Lover’s Massage is presented very nicely. It starts with a guy arriving home to find his lover in some sexy lingerie with a video of the movie ready to go and their kid at the babysitter. The movie moves between the couple watching the video looking like they’re having a great time, a couple demonstrating the massage techniques in the video, and Dr. Patti Britton giving clinical comments now and then. There’s a very nice balance between the two couples, which strengthens the movie by mixing in a very romantic and playful feeling with the instructional nature of the feature. It also makes the subject look very easy and approachable while reinforcing the techniques by giving two different demonstrations of them. It’s also helped out by keeping Dr. Britton’s comments at a minimum, which is good because she comes off as a bit too dry and clinical compared to the rest of the feature. Surprisingly, the biggest fault of the feature is also the couple watching the movie and their demonstrating the techniques as it makes the feature seem a bit long at times. Overall, however, Lover’s Massage is a very nicely done instructional release, and one that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to couples who want to add a little massage to their play.

The Extra Stuff

There’s plenty of sexuality information, which includes both a long question and answer section with Dr. Patti Britton covering many areas of sex as well as general sexuality information. A trailer is included for the Intimate Loving series which this DVD is a part of. There’s also trailers for the Soulmates series, Sex, Love, and Everything Else, and Sexual Healing. Finally, there’s a bonus scene.

Bonus Scene - Sharon Kane and a guy

The bonus scene comes from What Women Want. After a chat with various women about ordinary things that can turn them on, things move to Sharon being surprised when she comes home to find her man cooking her dinner. After they eat a bit, Sharon moves to her man’s lap and feeds him his vegetables with a smile before their clothes magically disappear and move to the floor. Sharon goes from riding him cowgirl style on his lap to letting him fuck her missionary and doggie style on the table, and they finish up cuddling together on the table.

This is a great scene. The educational portion is nicely done, and shows that sometimes it’s the little things that matter the most. The setup to the sex is fun and romantic, and although the sex is extremely softcore there’s so much passion between Sharon and her man that it was impossible for me to not like it. This is far from a graphic scene, but it’s so romantic and loving that it doesn’t need to be graphic. This is a very hot and very well done scene.

The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff

Themes: Straight, instructional, and massage

Raincoat Factor: Medium. There’s no sex, but the material is presented in a fairly graphic and erotic manner

Condom Usage: None needed

The Bottom Line:

Currently, many of the Alexander Institute DVDs can be found online for between about $11 and $22, with most stores offering them near the top end. If you’re looking for some guidance on massage, this one should be well worth the money. The material is presented in a very friendly manner and demonstrated nicely. The technical aspects are fairly average and the DVD authoring is a bit clunky, but there’s some nice effort put into the extras. This is a pretty good DVD that would have been ever better with more experienced authoring.

Note to the Alexander Institute: You have a great movie here, but the authoring on the DVD definitely held it back. I hope in the future you can find somebody who can do a better job on your DVDs, as it will definitely give consumers a better feeling about your product. If the rest of your releases are as good as this one, they deserve it.

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