Dynamic Bodyuse for Effective, Strain-Free Massage
By Darien Pritchard
(North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781556436550, 640pp.)
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
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The most significant cause of early retirement from the massage profession is the cumulative strain on the body developed in the course of performing the work. The explosive growth of this occupation in recent years has been accompanied by an increase in the number of work-induced problems. Practitioners can easily strain their hands, particularly their thumbs, fingers, and wrists, as well as their shoulders and backs.
Written by noted teacher and trainer Darien Pritchard, this useful book explains those aspects of massage that can lead to these problems and shows how to apply pressure in ways that avoid them. The focus is on how to use the body safely and effectively. The author explores the benefits of involving the whole body to generate the power and movement that support the hands, saving the hands by using them skillfully, and conserving them by using other body areas such as the forearms and elbow whenever possible. Featuring 2,000 illustrations, Dynamic Bodyuse for Effective, Strain-Free Massage is essential reading for anyone involved in massage, whether a student, a professional massage practitioner or teacher, sports massage therapist, or aromatherapist.
Darien Pritchard, co-director of the Massage Training Institute and executive board member of the General Council for Massage Therapy in the UK, has been training massage professionals for 25 years. The co-author of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology for the Massage Therapist, he lives in Cardiff, UK.
“It is vitally important that massage therapists use their bodies correctly if they are to work efficiently, strongly, and safely. Darien has gone into great detail and covers this subject clearly and comprehensively. With the guidance given here, massage therapists can enjoy long and healthy careers, and achieve better results, too.”
—Mel Cash, B.A., M.I.S.R.M., founder of the London School of Sports Massage and the Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage, author of Sport & Remedial Massage Therapy and Pocket Atlas of the Moving Body (Ebury Press)