Massage Therapy Books
Basic Clinical Massage Therapy Integrating Anatomy and Treatment
James H. Clay, David M. Pounds
A primary textbook for the basic techniques of clinical massage therapy.
Contains 450 full-color images, showing each muscle or muscle group along with surrounding structures, surface landmarks, and the therapist's hands. Also includes basic techniques, compression, and stripping massage.
This is an awesome reference for the well-trained, experienced massage therapist. There are techniques demonstrated in this book that are advanced. The illustrations are great, and really help with kinesiology. There is no other book that I am aware of that shows the human body as precisely as this one does.
Mosby's Massage Therapy Review
Study guide written for students and graduates of therapeutic massage. Questions are based on Mosby's Basic Science for Soft Tissue and Movement Therapies, c1999 and Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage, 2nd ed., c1999.
This is a great way to prepare yourself for the National Certification Exam or even just to test yourself and the knowledge you have about massage therapy. It's well-written and quite organized, and I love the format; you know exactly where your strengths and weaknesses are. Comes with a CD-ROM that is especially helpful.
Trail Guide to the Body : How to Locate Muscles, Bones & More!
Andrew R. Biel, Robin Dorn
This is one of the best books on anatomy that I have ever seen, from a massage therapy perspective. This book covers basic needs for medical massage as well as physical therapy students. Educational in the learning procedure of palpation of the body surface, with valuable and easy to memorize tips.
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Robert Berkow (Editor)
Contains diagnosis and treatment of common clinical disorders, arranged by organ system, etiology, or specialty.
This book helps me to keep my head above water as it details conditions (including etiology, prognosis, therapy and any other relevant fact you'll need) and appropriate medications. Contains an easy and very complete index to help you find all that information quickly. It's unending number of pages is daunting, but happily it is easy to read and incredibly helpful!