Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodywork
"Juhan examines the physiology and psychology of our response to touch, combining excellent illustrations with a detailed but readable technical discussion. Individual sections conclude with his position that through body work, 'heightened self-awareness and improved control over conditioned responses' will improve our health and reduce our Job-like suffering."
The Encyclopedia of Bodywork: From Acupressure to Zone Therapy
"This landmark publication for a burgeoning field explains the practice and history of over 200 different types of hands-on therapies, movement re-education systems, psychological techniques, and metaphysical practices that promote physical and emotional well-being."
Touched by the Goddess
"Touched by the Goddess takes on the difficult and critical issues facing therapeutic touch. What happens to children when no distinction is made between beneficial and harmful touching? Why do we continue to fear pleasurable contact, despite the proven necessity of touch to human survival? Could it be that learning to touch each other in healing, positive ways is indispensable to productive change in society as a whole?"
Basic Clinical Massage Therapy:
Integrating Anatomy and Treatment
James H. Clay & David M. Pounds
The best thing about this book is the illustration program. Underlying anatomical structures are superimposed on photographs of models, showing with unusual clarity the relationship between surface and underlying structures.
Milady's Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage (Hardcover)
Mark F. Beck
"Textbook, for massage therapy students, incorporating applications and treatment, muscular and general relaxation, stress reduction, pain management, recovery from injury, health promotion and education, and body awareness."
Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage
"In this update of the 2000 edition, Fritz, the owner and head instructor of a school of therapeutic massage and bodywork in Michigan, treats touch as a form of communication and expands coverage of ethical and legal issues, contra/indications for massage, and condition assessment and management. The treatment of medical terminology, core principles, and techniques is enhanced by color illustrations, case studies, review questions, resources and other appended information."
Tappan's Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques: Classic, Holistic and Emerging Methods (3rd Edition)
Frances M. Tappan & Patricia J. Benjamin
"Provides basic information on the art and science of effective healing massage techniques in quick-learn, easy-to-understand terms. Contains a thorough description of both Eastern and Western massage skills and explains the effects of massage in physiological as well as holistic perspectives."
Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice
Susan G Salvo
"Covers both massage therapy and anatomy and physiology in this text for beginning students. The text offers a complete unit on the musculoskeletal system and some 100 pathologies relevant to massage practitioners, as well as material on complementary and adjunctive therapies and business practices."
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DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended as medical advice. If you have concerns about your health, contact your primary health care provider before beginning any self-care treatments.