Massage: Touch Therapy for Relaxation

Author(s): Bernie Rowen


A guide to massage. Aimed at beginners.


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Bernie Rowen has 16 years' experience as healthcare practitioner and lecturer in massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic Primary Healthcare. She conducts her own practice and is a member of the National Executive Aromatherapy Association of South Africa and the Allied Health Professions Council Ayurvedic Liaison Committee. She has held both these positions since 1992 and is currently chairperson of the former. In 1994 Bernice travelled to Nepal where she trained in Ayurvedic Primary Healthcare management, worked in an Ayurvedic hospital and taught Nepalese women reflexology and massage. She was awarded a Certificate of Competency by the Nepalese Research Institute of Ayurveda and is registered in this modality with the Allied Health Professions Council. She regularly writes articles and is frequently invited to speak on radio programmes with regard to health issues.

Introduction 8; What is Massage? 10; A definition and brief history of therapeutic massage in the Far East, India and Ancient Greece; The benefits, physical and emotional healing effects of touch; Touch Therapy 20; The home massage environment and what is best for maximum comfort; Exercises for the masseur; Choice of music to accompany the actual massage; Massage Oils 30; The various kinds of oils and their properties and qualities; Specific oils for specific circumstances; How to blend oils; The Basic Strokes 36; An explanation of effleurage, petrissage, tapotment, gliding, feathering, kneading and numerous other basic strokes used during massage on different parts of the body; The Massage Sequence 52; A description of how to massage every part of the body using the strokes described above. Special attention is paid to the shoulders as this is often where tension is held. Special Circumstances 76; Massaging babies, the elderly, pregnant women and how to do self-massage. Alternative Therapy 88; A brief overview of other useful therapies such as Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Ayurvedic massage, Thai massage and Reiki. Glossary and Useful Contacts 94; Index and Photographic Credits 96

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  • : 9781843301097
  • : New Holland Publishers Ltd
  • : New Holland Publishers Ltd
  • : 0.43
  • : October 2002
  • : 265mm X 196mm X 8mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bernie Rowen
  • : Paperback
  • : 615.822
  • : 96
  • : 120 colour photographs, glossary, index