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Massage For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Steve Capellini, Michel Van Welden

ISBN: 978-0-470-64275-7 May 2010 368 Pages


Sooth away stress, banish pain, and share the language of touch with the healing powers of massage

What reduces pain, enhances athletic performance, job efficiency, improves the circulation, raises immune efficiency, promotes the healing of tissues, increases the functioning of the skin, enhances focus and emotional balance, and improves appearance? Right, massage! So what are you waiting for?

Discover how to knead your way to relaxation and wellness with this fun guide to the art of massage. With the help of numerous step-by-step hands-on photos and illustrations, Massage For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you, move by move, how to harness the healing power of touch. In no time you'll master the basics and learn how to give and receive a therapeutic massage.

  • 25% new and expanded content in this edition
  • Covers an array of techniques, from Swedish to Deep Tissue and sports massage to self-massage
  • The newest strokes and techniques that can relieve specific painful conditions

Hands-on and extremely practical, Massage For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to integrate massage and its benefits into your everyday life.


Part I: Discovering Massage.

Chapter 1: Not Just a Rub: How Massage Can Improve Your Life.

Chapter 2: A Brief History of Touch.

Chapter 3: Your Skin and What’s Beneath It: What You’re Touching When You Massage Somebody.

Part II: The Art of Receiving Massage.

Chapter 4: Making Massage Part of Your Life: A Massage Road Map.

Chapter 5: Your First Massage Appointment, Step-by-Step.

Chapter 6: The Rules for Receiving Massage.

Chapter 7: Enjoying the Spa Experience (There and at Home).

Part III: The Art of Giving Massage.

Chapter 8: Setting the Stage for a Great Massage.

Chapter 9: Stocking Your Massage Tool Chest.

Chapter 10: All the Right Moves.

Chapter 11: Putting the Moves Together: Massaging the Back of the Body.

Chapter 12: Putting the Moves Together: Massaging the Front of the Body.

Chapter 13: A Special Treat for the Feet: Refl exology.

Chapter 14: Have Hands, Will Travel: Doing Massage for a Living.

Part IV: Massage for Every Body.

Chapter 15: Higher, Faster, Stronger: Sports Massage.

Chapter 16: Sensual Massage.

Chapter 17: A Massage for Baby (and Mommy Too).

Chapter 18: Self-Massage Techniques to Use at Work.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten (Plus a Few More) Top Places to Study Massage.

Chapter 20: Ten Outstanding Places to Receive a Top-Notch Massage.

Appendix: Massage Resources.