Apr 14, 2008

Book Review - The Complete Book of Massage

The Complete Book of Massage, by Clare Maxwell-Hudson

Merl bought me this book for my birthday a couple of years ago. Excellent choice. Usually with massage books you need to put up with a lot of tantric stuff or Indian mystic stuff. Or in order to get a good overview of whole-body relaxation massage you are looking at a book the size of the phone-directory. Not this one.

This book is about the size of a large magazine - easy to refer to when you have oily hands. It also has heaps of illustrations and shows each part of the body with a whole sequence of different strokes for relaxing it. There's also an excellent little 10 minute massage suggestion for the back/shoulders, which has come in very handy for us. On top of this, there are sections on baby massage and pregnancy massage, as well as a good general section on anatomy and a very good general introduction to the different types of stroke and, very importantly, when not to give someone a massage.

All in all, highly recommended.

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