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Massage For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Steve Capellini , Michel Van Welden
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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From the Back Cover

The easy way to soothe stress, banish pain, and share thelanguage of touch

From Swedish and shiatsu techniques to aromatherapy andreflexology, this fun guide to the art of massage shows you how toknead your way to relaxation and wellness. With the help ofnumerous step-by-step, hands-on photos and illustrations, you'lllearn, move by move, how to master the basics and give and receivea therapeutic massage.

  • Massage 101 — understand the basics of massage, theorigins of the many techniques and how they work, and the many waysit can improve your life

  • Giving is better than receiving — use the many photos andillustrations to guide you through learning the art of giving atherapeutic massage

  • Don't be a wet noodle — find out how to properly receive amassage (yes, there's an art to that, too!) and develop breathingmethods, meditative awareness, and other techniques for blissingout

  • Massage for the masses — discover how people in every walkof life can enjoy and benefit from massage, from sports massage tosensual 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, sportsmassage, and more

Learn to:

  • Soothe away stress and banish pain

  • Perform Swedish, sports, and self-massage techniques

  • Improve circulation, raise immune efficiency, and promote thehealing of tissues

  • Enhance focus and emotional balance

About the Author

Steve Capellini, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist,trainer, and consultant. He has authored several books and hasappeared on TV and in magazines.

Michel Van Welden, PT, NT, received his training at thePhysical Therapy Institute of Paris, specializing in orthopedic andneurological rehabilitation.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4680 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470587385
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NE61QC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,191 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended For CMT's and LMT's As Well February 9, 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I spent about $10K on an excellent massage school and find myself referencing and learning new things from this book. My schools textbooks and style of teaching was very medical & stiff. I found myself talking to my clients in this manner.

Reading about massage in a language for everyone helps me to communicate better with my clients. A client that understands & feels comfortable with the conversation always comes back.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and insightful December 10, 1999
By Lucinda
Another wonderful book by Steve Capellini regarding massage. This one is good especially for the consumer looking for good massages and how to find them, and receive them, and understand massage. There's info in there as well for massage therapists. Steve's got a great attitude and humor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good book for September 15, 2008
This is a good book for a Licensed Massage Therapist or student in the LMT program. All others beware of who you massage ans what conditions they have. Some medical conditions should not receive massage because it can prove possible fatal, hence the reason to go to school and be licensed. Its scarey to think people are doing major massage and have had no Anatomy and Physiology classes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners May 5, 2010
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I bought this book to learn about the art of giving a wife pestered me to no end to give her a massage, and would complain about it when I DID attempt to do it.

This book is useful. It covers the basics of kneading, gliding, etc. For someone with no knowledge about massages it is a good starter. And, it got my wife off my case (for the time being).

I did not find the whole part about "How to receive a massage" to be useful...anyone can receive a massage and enjoy it, so why write a whole chapter on the subject?

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn a little about massages. October 26, 2007
By H town
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This is small book but still a good way to find out a little bit about massages. It's portable too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and easy to use August 10, 2006
I bought this book for my 12-year-old daughter, who is interested in becoming a masseuse. The book has a lot of different techniques, including reflexology, massage for babies and massage for animals. Unfortunately, our cat was not amenable to the techniques described.

She researches each body part and experiments her implemented techniques on (quite willing) family members. The photos, diagrams and explanations are at her level and she very much enjoys it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to massage. December 5, 2012
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"Massage for Dummies" (2nd ed) is an excellent guide to therapeutic massage for people who want to know about massage and still are uncertain about what to expect and how to give a massage. Unlike the first edition, in which the photos were very poor, this second edition uses a new set of photos of much higher quality and which clearly illustrate the various moves.

Like other "Dummies" books, this one assumes that the reader is unfamiliar with the subject and so, it starts from the beginning, teaching the various moves and techniques, The writing style is casual and yet also professional.

I recommend this book for anyone looking to a good guide to therapeutic massage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete review of massage techniques, must read it December 16, 2013
By Michel
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A must have if you are interested in a massage therapy career , it's is a fun way to discover massage techniques , good tips on massage schools and where to get the best massages..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Teresa Pence
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun book to help you with learning the basics of massage.
Published 4 months ago by Jim
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I assumed that the book would delve into the basics of different strokes, methods and why it can be effective more stream lined. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Simon
3.0 out of 5 stars rather disappointed expected more on technique
haven't finished reading it--who cares about candles, oils and that other stuff. Illustrations could have been larger plus one more word
Published 20 months ago by Artie Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful
Definitely good tips! I had no prior knowledge of massages. The writing style is so easy to understand and the author provides plenty of information. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars small but mighty massage book
When I received this book I was a little surprised by its size but after reading its contents, I decided it was small but mighty. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Mrs.CRT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginngers!
I like the Dummies series anyways but I really liked this book. It was easy to read and had a great look on all different kinds of massage.
Published on April 1, 2011 by lyndsay
2.0 out of 5 stars Light on content, full of filler
This book covers the basics, but it will make you work to unearth the very rudimentary tips buried underneath dull asides, lame jokes, and torrents of banal information. Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by Sean O'Sullivan
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: 2 Books with the SAME NAME
When I ordered Massage for Dummies I had no idea I was ordering a miniature edition (2.5" x 3"). It's worthless. Read more
Published on December 14, 2008 by S. West
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More About the Author

Steve Capellini is a writer and massage therapist who has combined these two disparate professions into a unique career path. At any given time, you might find him traveling the Himalayas to help promote the work of teaching "untouchables" to become massage therapists, or he could be floating in a pool of 100 degree spring water receiving a Watsu (water Shiatsu) treatment in British Columbia, or he could be speaking in front of an audience at spa and massage conferences across North America. Through all of this, he writes. His goal is to fuse massage and writing into something that is unique and quintessentially human, something that has not been said, or experienced, in precisely the same way before. This is what inspired his most recent effort: TOUCHY SUBJECTS: TALES FROM THE MASSAGE TABLE.

Steve lives in Miami, Florida with is wife and two boys, and he travels the world in search of new massage stories to write, new ways of looking at the world through the prism of caring, intentional touch. You can contact him via his website at or on Facebook at


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