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.
Michel Van Welden, PT, NT, received his training at the Physical Therapy Institute of Paris, specializing in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation.
From Swedish and shiatsu techniques to aromatherapy and reflexology, this fun guide to the art of massage shows you how to knead your way to relaxation and wellness. With the help of numerous step-by-step, hands-on photos and illustrations, you'll learn, move by move, how to master the basics and give and receive a therapeutic massage.
Massage 101 understand the basics of massage, the origins of the many techniques and how they work, and the many ways it can improve your life
Giving is better than receiving use the many photos and illustrations to guide you through learning the art of giving a therapeutic massage
Don't be a wet noodle find out how to properly receive a massage (yes, there's an art to that, too!) and develop breathing methods, meditative awareness, and other techniques for blissing out
Massage for the masses discover how people in every walk of life can enjoy and benefit from massage, from sports massage to sensual massage and everything in between
Open the book and find:
The benefits of massage
A roadmap to what's beneath the skin
Guidance on feeling for tissues, muscles, and more
Luxurious spa treatments you can do at home
Information on creating the ideal massage environment
Which massage techniques to apply for different results
Massage tips for baby, pregnancy, sensual massage, sports massage, and more
Soothe away stress and banish pain
Perform Swedish, sports, and self-massage techniques
Improve circulation, raise immune efficiency, and promote the healing of tissues
Enhance focus and emotional balance
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.