Below are a few good books to read if you want to get deeper into massage and beyond intuition and general touch.
|A very good introduction and workbook for chair massage. It gives an introduction to seated massage, advice on equipments, talks about hygiene and safety, contraindications, communication, documentation and treatment plans, descriptions of body mechanics and injury prevention. Then the book covers strokes and stretching techniques. There is a good relaxation routine described and then in depth description of therapeutic routines for back, neck, forearm, wrist, hand and shoulder. It’s good at describing actual problems, explaining what causes them and how to treat them. Finally it covers creating a business, though aimed at the US market.
A really good and useful book that any massage therapist can benefit from, even if seated massage isn’t a major part of the business.
|As the title says, an introduction to clinical massage therapy. It’s a good learning book which gives a brief introduction to massage therapy, muscles, body mechanics, posture, client assessments, draping etc. It’s strongly aimed towards the massage therapist diagnosing and treating a client, and I personally find the above book better when it comes to learning about posture and other things behind giving massages. The strength of this book is the in depth descriptions of each muscle and how to treat it with massage therapy.
It’s a good referral book and even wellness massage therapists can learn a lot from it and enhance their massages by gaining a deeper understanding massage.
|If you’re interested in a deeper understanding of the major muscles of the body and how they work, this book is for you. It’s a great introduction to muscles, not making things overly complicated or scary like traditional anatomy books. The book describes each muscle, explains what it does and what problems might arise. The benefit is the added strength and stretching exercises for each muscle.
A very useful book for anyone wanting to understand muscles better and how to strengthen and stretch them.
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