With more than 650,000 copies sold, massage therapist Lucinda Lidell's Book of Massage has been updated with new photos and instructional drawings. Not for the prudish, as the subjects in most of the photos are completely in the buff, the book presents an intense, information-packed, step-by-step guide to traditional massage, shiatsu, and reflexology.
No matter which method you choose to focus on (you're advised to choose one at a time), Lidell is thorough in her explanations of the strokes and techniques necessary to give relaxing, therapeutic massage in the privacy of your own home. Detailed drawings, diagrams, and photographs help to further demonstrate how to address each individual body part.
Divided into distinct chapters for each of the three methods, The Book of Massage also includes several sections that Lidell stresses are fundamental to all types of massage. The first is "Beginning," with information such as creating the right atmosphere (a warm room and soft lighting), applying oil, and finding a comfortable position. Additionally, Lidell suggests that everyone should review sections on the human touch and anatomy, both of which oddly come at the end of the book.
As thorough as The Book of Massage may be, do not expect to walk away from it an expert. As with any skill worth learning, giving good massage takes time, study, and practice, practice, practice. --Bree Altman
Lucinda Lidell is a well-known healer and professional masseuse. She has contributed to many books on massage and natural healing, as well as the original Sivananda Companion to Yoga and The Sensual Body. She lives in London.
Lots of good tips and tricks along with entire techniques for whatever part of the body you're looking to massage.Published 12 days ago by Andrew Deck
Great book with pictures to help you understand what to do. Great with the aromatherapy oilsPublished 20 days ago by Justin
Oh Yeah, bring it on. Want to make you wife, husband feel good all over? This is a good book. We like to give each other massages and this helps steer us in the right direction.Published 1 month ago by NELLIE DOMINICCI
There's different sections and most of the instructions are good, but beware that there are a lot of graphic pictures and drawings. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A.M.P.
I got the impression from expert practicioners that I've worked with that this subject is quite technical, but this book revealed that - while there is some basic science involved... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phoetus