Here’s a great selection of books to begin adding to your collection. These are books that will provide you with technical skills and knowledge right away. These books are well written, highly researched and will help you get better in your craft.
I will update this list as I find books that add true value to one’s practice.
Books by Thomas Myers
This book is recognized by every health professional worldwide as a must have. I couldn’t agree more. I have all versions of this book because it’s just that good. Each version improves on the next. Get it.
I often find myself referring to this book to see if I’m doing it right. This is the best book I’ve come across that ties body reading and facial restrictions together. It’s for an experienced practitioner that works on clients who need focused bodywork. Excellent book.
Books by Leon Chaitow
Leon Chaitow’s books are always clear and accurate with a lot of research to back his teachings. If they are technique books, they come with DVDs and/or access to an online video library. These have helped me tremendously in providing thoughtful-therapeutic massage to my clients.
Simply understanding that the nervous system controls the muscles and the muscles control bone is can help your clients make real progress. This books tackles how to address complex conditions with this simple approach.
If you want to add a gentle but effective therapy to your massage this is a good one. This book focuses placing limbs into various positions can effect a release in the body.
MET. One more way to effect change in the body. It will take your practice to another level.
As you deepen your desire to learn about the body and release restrictions in it you will eventually come to a persons breath. Learning to release restrictions in the thoracic chamber will help with a handful of other conditions.
These are books I would consider helpful to understanding the body and assisting you in guiding your clients into a maintenance program.
The psoas has come to be known as the core body part that can affect upper body and lower body pain. So it’s no surprise that massage therapists are intrigued by it.
This book catapulted my practice into another level. I often see people who are serious about rehabilitating their bodies. This book taught me to teach my clients self rehabilitation techniques and programs. Dr. Starrett uses stretching & mobilization techniques to alleviate myofascial pain & restrictions.
This book covers all systems of the body. It’s all hand drawn in color and simply delightful to read. You want to pick up this book and study the systems.
Becoming a craniosacral therapist is probably one of the best certifications a massage therapist can get. It’s super beneficial to a wide range of people and it’s techniques are purposeful and specific. This is an excellent source if you are studying or practicing craniosacral therapy. Most likely you will have this book on hand if you’ve taken any of the Upledger courses. If you don’t, you should.
Knowing trigger point therapy is a win-win for you and clients. Comes very handy in identifying trigger points and effectively dispersing pain related to them.
This is a good book to pick up. You don’t have to be a lymphatic therapist but it’s good to know about the lymph system and how it affects your clients. If you have been in the field for sometime, it’s possible you have come across clients suffering from lymphedema.
Where you’re ready to get into problem solving ones pain tolerance or lack of function. This is a great book to have on your self.