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Massage Anatomy

A Comprehensive Guide

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Ahhh! Discover the power of massage—from the inside out—in this unique reference book featuring seven styles of massage and enlightening anatomical illustrations.

Massages energize, revitalize, and renew both body and spirit, and have even been proven to restore and promote good health. But to safely practice massage, you need to understand how the body works. Everyone from new students to experienced massage therapists can benefit from this unique book dedicated to the practice of massage.

  • The world of massage at your fingertips! This comprehensive book explores seven of the world's best-known styles of massage: Swedish, Fusion, Shiatsu, Thai, River Stone, Reflexology, and Reiki.
  • Massage Anatomy uniquely combines an understanding of the human body with different massage styles, making it an excellent resource for practitioners of all levels.
  • Detailed anatomical illustrations and approachable text demonstrate body planes, muscle groups, and crucial areas like the nervous and lymphatic systems. There is also a helpful reference section on massage terminology and a glossary of muscles.
  • Discover the ancient secrets practiced by Native Americans and Egyptians using warm stones that are applied to the body. Feel the “spirit life force” of reiki, a centuries-old Japanese technique used to promote peace and well-being. And find out how to combine Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage techniques for a fabulous massage fusion.
  • Next to strong hands, this comprehensive guide book is a massage therapist's most important tool--an invaluable resource for new students and experienced therapists alike.

Abigail Ellsworth has her doctorate of physical therapy from Slippery Rock University and is a Certified Pilates Specialist. She is the owner of the Pilates, Therapy and Wellness Center of Westchester where she blends her rehabilitation background with her Pilates knowledge to provide a Pilates-based physical therapy approach. Abby studied the classic Pilates style in Pittsburgh and New York, and has published several research studies regarding the muscle activity of the body and the most effective types of movements. She has lectured for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT), and is part of the monthly health lecture series for Scarsdale, NY. Abby enjoys drawing from her physical therapy background for her keen eye for postural compensations, alignment, and movement impairments.

Peggy Altman is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a private practice based in Tuckahoe, New York.  She also conducts meditation workshops. Peggy believes all massage is therapeutic, whether a person needs stress relief, relaxation, injury rehabilitation, or enhanced range of motion. Before embarking on her current career, Peggy worked for 20 years in the corporate sector, and is familiar with the stress that deadlines, computers, and difficult work environments can place on the body and mind.  For more information on services Peggy offers, you can visit her website at

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