Champaign, IL–Many clients enjoy the sensation of deep-tissue massage; yet, some therapists shy away from incorporating this form of massage into their treatments, believing it to require the application of force greater than what they can deliver. Or, they are anxious about how to apply pressure safely.

Deep Tissue Massage describes how to use 83 compressive and stretching techniques in ways that are safe and effective for therapists and their clients. The reference contains step-by-step guidelines and more than 165 color photos, which will help therapists deliver comfortable and satisfying massages to their clients. The techniques are organized by the part of the body being massaged (trunk, lower limbs and upper limbs) and by the positioning of the client (three-quarter lying, supine, prone and seated) and cover how to avoid overuse of the hands by incorporating the forearms, fists and elbows. A photo gallery index provides a quick reference for treatment ideas or for checking technique.

Novices will love the easily accessible language and organization of this book, while veteran therapists will check technique and add variety to existing treatment routines. If used in a classroom setting, this book can stimulate debate and discussion about the proper use of deep-tissue massage.

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About the book

Deep Tissue Massage, by Jane Johnson, is available in September 2010. The 216-page text costs $29 or $16 as an e-book.  

About the author

Jane Johnson, M.Sc., is director of the London Massage Company in London, England. As a chartered physiotherapist and sports massage therapist, she has been using and teaching deep-tissue massage (DTM) for many years and has a thorough grounding in anatomy, which she uses to explain DTM in straightforward terms. She has worked with numerous client groups, including athletes, recreational exercisers, office workers and older adults. This experience has enabled her to adapt DTM for various types of clients and provide tips for readers. Johnson has taught advanced massage skills for many years and has worked as a fitness instructor, massage therapist and physiotherapist. She frequently presents at conferences and exhibitions for therapists.