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"Robert Calvert's History of Massage is a groundbreaking and innovative contribution to bodywork culture. I enthusiastically recommend it to all practitioners." (Robert K. King, Founder and president, Chicago School of Massage Therapy)

"Robert Calvert provides a unique, exhaustive, and invaluable study of massage. The History of Massage should be required reading for every student of massage therapy." (D. Van D'Elia, Director, Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage)

"A pioneering contribution from one of the pivotal figures in the contemporary massage movement. This volume stands as the foundation upon which the past chronology of massage will be interpreted and its future identity as a profession will be built. The History of Massage is required reading for every serious practitioner and student." (David Palmer, President, TouchPro Institute of Chair Massage)

"Robert Calvert tracks down important sources and fascinating facts. The History of Massage examines the bigger picture, connecting massage with subjects as diverse as medical history, religion, advertising, exercise, and healing traditions around the world. While detailing massage's past, this book also advances the debate about where the profession might go from here." (Jadi Campbell, L.M.P.)

"The History of Massage is an example of outstanding research and scholarship. Massage is often referred to as a trade and an industry; it will not be a profession until massage therapists learn the history of what they do. Robert Calvert has made it possible for massage to be a profession in the full sense of the word. (Albert Schatz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Temple University, Editor, Journal of Spiritual Bodywork)

"Intended for the serious student of massage, Calvert's book will also appeal to those interested in the history of alternative medicine in general." (John Anderson, Alternative Medicine, August, 2002)

"A fascinating coverage of the evolution of massage techniques." (The Midwest Book Review, November 2002)

"Every massage therapist should read this book. . . .I suspect this book will remain the classic source in the area for years to come." (Grant Jewell Rich, Ph.D., L.M.T., Massage, November/December 2002)

. . . a historical treatise for the general public and for health care practitioners who are interested in the historical development." (Elizabeth Marazita, Bastyr University Library)

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HEALTH / MASSAGE

Robert Calvert’s History of Massage is a groundbreaking and innovative contribution to bodywork culture. I enthusiastically recommend it to all practitioners.
--Robert K. King, Founder and president, Chicago School of Massage Therapy

Robert Calvert provides a unique, exhaustive, and invaluable study of massage. The History of Massage should be required reading for every student of massage therapy.
--D. Van D’Elia, Director, Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage

A pioneering contribution from one of the pivotal figures in the contemporary massage movement. This volume stands as the foundation upon which the past chronology of massage will be interpreted and its future identity as a profession will be built.
--David Palmer, President, TouchPro Institute of Chair Massage

The History of Massage is an example of outstanding research and scholarship. Massage is often referred to as a trade and an industry; it will not be a profession until massage therapists learn the history of what they do. Robert Calvert has made it possible for massage to be a profession in the full sense of the word.
--Albert Schatz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Temple University Editor, Journal of Spiritual Bodywork

From the people of ancient Greece to the tribes of the Pacific Ocean and the Americas, massage has been a significant element in medicine, midwifery, folk healing, and athletics. Yet the rich presence of healing touch is rarely present in the telling of human history. Now Robert Noah Calvert, founder and president of Massage Magazine, offers the first comprehensive history of massage, one that spans the globe in its exhaustive exploration of the important role of touch therapy in the life of the world’s people.

With rich use of anecdote, historical reference, and illustration the author details the cross-cultural applications of massage, the development of anatomical knowledge and attendant massage technologies, the origin of movement cure systems and their relationship to massage, and the emerging trends of massage in the twenty-first century. Teachers will find The History of Massage an important educational resource for perspective on the massage profession’s development and critical background for discussion of current issues in the field. For practitioners of touch therapies, The History of Massage provides the first comprehensive analysis of the cultural practices and historical currents that coalesced into contemporary massage and the trends that continue to influence its direction into the future. Massage therapists, educators, and somatic practitioners of all kinds will want to have this important reference book in their libraries.

ROBERT NOAH CALVERT, founder and president of Massage Magazine, has been a leader in the field of massage for more than twenty years. Author of the International Massage and Bodywork Resource Guide, his work has appeared in numerous publications including Body, Mind, & Spirit magazine and the Journal of Higher Education.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892818816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892818815
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Noah Calvert's History Of Massage is an informative and illustrated history covers massage techniques and rituals from around the world through the ages, from its ongoing medical use as a therapy and curative to the varying techniques for addressing different illnesses and needs. A fascinating coverage of the evolution of massage techniques.
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This book is truly amazing, very indepth. Not boring for a history book. A great book if you are working on your national MBLEX. 5 percent of the test is on history. Could be the difference between passing or failing. I highly recommend this book.
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My first Massage instructor was Robert Calvert in Spokane, Washington. It was not until I attended his funeral a few years ago that I heard he had written this book. I looked around but did not find it. I do NOT know why I did not think to look on Amazon because they usually have access to just about EVERYTHING. It arrived 27 FEb 2013. Securely packaged-double wrapped. I have already perused it. I highly reccomend it for those who love history and those who love to give & receive massage.
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