You might not believe me if I tell you that general body stiffness and aches can be handled effectively at home. You do not have to run to a physician for painkillers or to a physiotherapist for various lengthy exercise sessions. But this book is precisely about that! This book will train you on how you can use a simple tennis ball to relieve the common aches you experience almost every other day. Yes, you have read it right - a tennis ball! It is a simple, natural and fuzzy trick to ease your pain. Struggling with stiff muscles? Experiencing tired feet after battling your way through traffic? Feeling excessive tension in your hips and lower back after a long day at work? Tennis ball Self massage is the answer! A rational mind always wants scientific answers to all that we see and hear. Thus, the first chapter is dedicated to the science behind this massage therapy. As you keep reading on, you will find enough information on how you can use a tennis ball to relieve yourself.
Winner of the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2015- from the British Society for Sports History. From its advent in the mid-late nineteenth century as a garden-party pastime to its development into a highly commercialised and professionalised high-performance sport, the history of tennis in Britain reflects important themes in Britain's social history. In the first comprehensive and critical account of the history of tennis in Britain, Robert Lake explains how the game's historical roots have shaped its contemporary structure, and how the history of tennis can tell us much about the history of wider British society. Since its emergence as a spare-time diversion for landed elites, the dominant culture in British tennis has been one of amateurism and exclusion, with tennis sitting alongside cricket and golf as a vehicle for the reproduction of middle-class values throughout wider British society in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Consequently, the Lawn Tennis Association has been accused of a failure to promote inclusion or widen participation, despite steadfast efforts to develop talent and improve coaching practices and structures. Robert Lake examines these themes in the context of the global development of tennis and important processes of commercialisation and professional and social development that have shaped both tennis and wider society. The social history of tennis in Britain is a microcosm of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century British social history: sustained class power and class conflict; struggles for female emancipation and racial integration; the decline of empire; and, Britain's shifting relationship with America, continental Europe, and Commonwealth nations. This book is important and fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the history of sport or British social history.