MASSAGE BOOKS REVIEW

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BEST MASSAGE BOOK 

I have thought over this subject for a long time now & I can NOT recommend one book. Every book I have read or owned are all  good for different reasons. But I will do a list of the one’s I have read the most & still use today.

THE BOOK OF MASSAGE & AROMATHERAPY by Nitya Lacroix

Fantastic book explaining the history of aromatherapy, everything to know about essential oils. The development of massage. Covering tools, equipment for  full body massage. Breathing & Posture techniques. Self massage Programme. Massage and essential oils for common ailments, with a chart at the back showing which oils are best for each common ailment. The illustrations are very clear & shows how to do the massage techniques & are easy to follow.

Overall it’s a interesting read from start to finish. With lot’s of ideas you can try at home.

MASSAGE ANATOMY A Comprehensive Guide by Dr. Abby Ellsworth & Peggy Altman.

I really like this book. The images are of each individual muscle say in the upper arm. Then it explains how to massage that area with clear pictures to visualize how it’s done. I find it fascinating seeing all the muscles and how they join around bones and other muscles. You will not look at the body the same ever again ! It says it’s for learning to massage your partner. But my own opinion is you will learn a lot about human anatomy.

Overall You will learn a lot about the bodies muscle groups & how to massage the full body, with t been explained so clearly.

THAI MASSAGE  by Niclaire Mann & Eleanor McKenzie

The first few lines are really well written : “What is thai bodywork ? ”  It is like a thousand gentle waves washing over the body. – Chongkol Setthakorn

The book explains the origins of Thai massage and goes into full detail on how to give Thai massage even telling you what benefits each individual technique will give the receiver of Thai massage. You will learn all the energy lines, That are important with this massage.

Overall For me it’s a interesting read, with my wife been qualified in Thai massage I wanted to learn more about it. When you are receiving this massage & are laid face down,  you can’t see what’s going on !

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HEALTH & PLEASURE  by Margie Hare

Another good book explaining all about essential oils, from aromatherapy, essential oils in water, in the air, neat, in powder, in pure alcohol (not for drinking !! ). explaining carrier oils. It covers aromatherapy massage & sequence, pregnancy, baby & child care, treatment of common ailments, beauty & skin care.

Overall If you want to know about some essential oils and benefits of the oils. This book explains most of the common ones. It has really good illustrations. It’s not  a bulky book, only 80 pages. but full of information and great ideas.

THE NEW GUIDE TO THERAPIES- PILATES – YOGA – MEDITATION – STRESS RELIEF

I know this isn’t a massage or essential oils book. But I bought it for the meditation & stress relief. Plus having a book with the yoga moves in, meant I  could see how close Traditional Thai massage (Thai yoga massage) was to the real thing ( a lot closer then I originally thought ! ). It is a really in depth look at all 4 of the subjects in the title. With the health benefits for each and good pictures to show how to do the moves. The stress relief section gives tips on how you can do simple changes in your life to have a better life.

Overall I didn’t think I would find this book interesting, I thought I would flick through it & put the book to charity shop, like I have done with many others ! But I still find it an interesting read. I don’t do the yoga or pilates. Just have Thai Massage, far easier for me. But the meditation & stress relief sections I find very helpful.

MASSAGE MADE EASY by Joanna Trevelyan

This is a little book of 64 pages & for UK readers who can remember ladybird books ? It’s about the same size.

I picked this book up in a charity shop a few years ago, when I was dropping some other massage books I no longer needed.

The book covers things like making your space & creating the right atmosphere with music.

It contains a whole host of helpful hints & tips & easy to follow instructions. On massage, self massage, commonly used essential oils & common ailments.

Overall I keep this book because it puts things back to basic understanding & it’s a really easy read ( been really small doesn’t need a lot of room to store ! ).

THE BOOK OF MASSAGE – The Complete Step-By-Step To Eastern & western techniques

I don’t think this one needs any explaining ? It’s all in the title ! But it covers Massage, Shiatsu, reflexology, The human touch, Body reading & Anatomy. It even covers baby & pregnancy massage techniques. With fantastic images throughout. This was the first book on massage I ever read &  still go back to read sections at least once a month.

Overall It’s an old book now and the illustrations are a bit dated (drawings ) but the anatomy section is clear, explaining the nervous system, Circulation, Heart, Lymphatic System. & if you believe in it ? The Aura & Chakras around the body.

THE DIRECTORY OF ESSENTIAL OILS 

This book I will never tire of reading. Explaining AROMA, FEATURES, HISTORY & MYTH, CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS, PROPERTIES, PRECAUTIONS, MIND, BODY, EFFECT ON THE SKIN & BLENDS.

Overall I use this book a lot for guidance on essential oils & different skin types. it has never failed in the blends suggested. I will never send this book to charity shop !

AN A – Z OF ESSENTIAL OILS  The fragrant art of aromatherapy by Pamela Allardice

Another little book with a description & history, medicinal & properties of each of the essential oils. The book only covers 30 of the most popular essential oils. There’s not really much more I can say.

Overall It’s not an in depth book, but it does give a bit of history to the essential oils & it is beautifully illustrated throughout.

If you have any other suggestions on books I should read please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading

Paul

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