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Self-Massage for Athletes Paperback – February 10, 2007
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I've been training in the martial arts four to five days a week since 1965 and if I looked long and hard enough I might be able to come up with one square inch on my body that doesn't hurt. Excedrin has been my daily companion for a lot of years. Until now.
Self-Massage for Athletes is a fast, easy and inexpensive solution for stiff, sore and injured body parts. It didn't take much longer than an hour to learn the seven massage techniques that bring on instant pleasure and, after a few sessions, relief for what ails you.
The author's writing style is easy to follow, he supports his arguments and statements with solid data, and his how-to-do descriptions of the massage methods are a no brainer.
As a martial arts instructor for over four decades and as a weight trainer for even longer, I highly recommend this book.
Loren W. Christensen, author of The Fighter's Body and several others.
The book is gorgeous and easy to read. The pictures are very nice, nothing is left to guess from the explanations. Most of the important content is in one chapter. The rest is trying to convince you that it's a good thing to do, and later in the book there's a couple of chapters that include some nice accessory information.
There are a lot of statements that could be considered "kooky," but if you are buying a book with this title you are already open to such ideas. Thankfully, the author didn't mention the obvious talk that some other reviewers and friends may joke about. There are also a lot of statements made that make you want more information as to where the source came from, how it came about, etc. While the author does have an extensive bibliography, that is not enough. I do not want to go searching everywhere to explain every sentence in the book. If you're going to make a claim that XX has been shown to be good for YY, tell me more than just that statement. In addition, the chapter with accessories, while nice to have, does not explain very much about each accessory.
For some reason - probably because of no details on the remarks as stated above, the structure of the book and the short chapters - this book read a lot like a college paper. Overall it's good information to have, and I'm going to be using this in my training. I haven't read this type of information before. I probably could've gotten the same thing in an active.com article though. If it existed.
I found the book to be a very general introduction to massage, along with some general persuasive information regarding the efficacy of massage for athletes. But, in the end, the book is just too simplistic to really have much to offer. I found the many, many full-page images of naked models superfluous; while the images are tasteful, they don't impart any practical information. Overall, the book has the look, feel, and content of a coffee table book.
There are far, far better sources for dealing with massage as therapy for sore/injured athletes-- get just about any book specifically on trigger point therapy, and you'll have a far more functional resource for actually dealing with muscular pain/weakness.
If I had it do over, I'd still have the money I spent on this in my pocket. I couldn't, in good conscience, even give this book away to someone who was in actual need of muscular therapy. Unless you're interested in a very cursory introduction and persuasion to the idea that rubbing your muscles if they're sore can help reduce pain, I'd look elsewhere.
Going to massage therapists might be costly, or even time consuming for some people who have a lot to do. This book teaches you how to give gentle to firm and deep massages, but with proper guidance. Letting yourself feel good, trusting and relaxed is one of the key components to a healthy body and allowing oneself to be massaged effectively. So author, Rob Poley, who is self taught in the ways of Self-Massage, realized through his own experiences, teaches how important massage is and how to do it.
I am not athletic, but I have put to work Rob's guidelines and they I feel great. I usually do them before bed and it gives me an excellent night's sleep. I know water is important after an intense massage, so depending on the level of massage you give yourself, make sure you drink some water to help rid of the toxins that are loosened through this.
In detail, the author gives all the recommended techniques for various parts of the body, as well as how to reach those tough to get to spots, like the mid-back and the like. And like reflexology, you are in effect helping your internal organs to be healthier as well as your muscles, and thus emotions and mind.
There is no debate about the benefits of massage on all levels. It is only a matter of whether you give yourself the time to relax and enjoy a great massage. You know your body better than anyone else, so who better to give a better massage?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be a waste of money. Unfortunately, that's all I can really say about it. The self-massages didn't help me at all.Published on January 3, 2013 by Kitty55
I don't know why there are so many 5-star reviews. This book is too gerneral and i found it impractical to massage just based on its instructions. Read morePublished on May 25, 2010 by W. Tsang
I found the book to be just too general, stressing the value of the massage.Published on February 1, 2010 by P'Body66
1/2 the book was spent on benefits of massage. 2nd 1/2 was rather superficial. Not much depth.Published on December 8, 2009 by P. YT
This is an excellent reference book for any athlete. It is written in a very easy to understand and easy to read style. Read morePublished on February 6, 2009 by Nicholas Panebianco
I've been using the techniques in this book for several months and it has helped me to keep exercising on a daily basis. Read morePublished on December 7, 2008 by Mokaman
Rich Poley gives a humorous and informative way to massage yourself. The beginning is about the benefits of massage in general, and how useful it is to learn to do it for yourself. Read morePublished on August 19, 2008 by Carrie
Rich Poley has provided a great resource for athletes of all types looking for a proven recovery method and saving on time and cost by performing these massages on your own body. Read morePublished on August 12, 2008 by BWG
I'm a landscaper, and I can tell you, at the end of the day I am pretty wiped. I didn't think I'd have the energy to massage myself - even if it feels good and helps my body, it's... Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Gen of North Coast Gardening