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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ernest P. Miller, BS, RN-C, CASAC (Pace University)
Description: Massage is apparently enjoying greater public and scientific attention today as evidenced by current research, general literature, and lifestyles. This is the third edition of this comprehensive handbook of massage, published 10 years after the previous edition. It contains clarifications, expansions, and additions making this a timely and useful text.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is to provide descriptions of worldwide massage techniques to students of the healing arts. Beyond providing a standard massage training text, the authors discuss the interrelatedness of massage to health, wellness, and to some of the treatments provided by other health-related professions.
Audience: Thus the audience extends beyond massage students to nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers, complementary health modality students, and others.
Features: With 50 years of experience and credentials, the lead author imparts authority and knowledge in a very accessible style. Clear, plentiful illustrations include muscle groups, energy meridians, and techniques. References, bibliography, and multiple appendixes which contain comparative techniques, organizations, addresses, and templates complete the text.
Assessment: From any orientation, this is a very good text with practical, immediate application. Beyond technique it is thought provoking and holistic and leads one to an expansive view of wellness. Full of life, optimism, history, practicality, and the lead author's philosophy, the book offers the opportunity for use on multiple levels. It should appeal to sections of the general public, as well as students and professionals in numerous disciplines.