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About the Author

Rich Poley is the world's leading authority on self-massage for athletes for good reason. He enjoys running, cycling, yoga, Pilates, swimming, weight training, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, triathlon, and more. Put them altogether and he needs all the massages he can get.

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Ask any serious athlete: Massage is a necessity, not a girly self-indulgence. But you can't always hit the spa whenever you're sore and tired. Instead, do it yourself. Rich Poley's book, Self-Massage for Athletes, offers quick and easy how-to's for working out the knots . . . Other benefits of self-massage: on demand service at an unbeatable price."-‒Ski magazine, December 2006
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Two Hand Press; 1st edition (September 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977608603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977608607
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Loren W. Christensen VINE VOICE on February 6, 2008
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What a wonderful book and one that's much needed by this beat up old soldier.

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.
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I got this book because I am in Ironman training and have been nursing some injuries. This book not a magic pill, but it does help.

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.
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"Self-Massage For Athletes" offers a complete and thoroughly 'user friendly' how-to guide to the art and benefits of massage for active people engaged in sports and exercise. Author Rich Poley lays out seven simple massage strokes (nicely illustrated with more than one hundred black-and-white photographs) that together form an effective self-massage therapy for stressed and tired muscle systems. Many of the techniques cited, illustrated and recommended in "Self-Massage For Athletes" are similar to those utilized by the professional masseur. Poley also presents the 'science behind the magic of massage', while revealing ways to effectively self-massage each part of the body, use simple acupressure techniques, find and release sensitive 'trigger points', as well as the use of self-massage tools to massage the back. "Self-Massage For Athletes" is confidently recommended for athletes of any age or condition who cannot afford or otherwise have access to a masseuse, but wish to benefit from the efficacy of an effective massage after their exertions.
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I'm a very active 40ish year old athlete with some chronic muscular issues, particularly in muscles on one side of my lower back and hip-- a very common injury, I'm finding.

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.
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Whether you are an athlete or not, this book can have great practical use to anyone. Although the book is designed around knowledge of athletic training in making sure your muscles are supple before or after a workout or playing in whatever activity you play in, the person who might be tense after a day at the office will find equal value in learning how to massage themselves.

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?
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