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You would never have thought that you can be your own massage therapist.

  • Feb 6, 2008
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For those of you who don't know I practice yoga on a every other day basis and after reading this book it turn out to compliment each other. Although often thought of as a technique that requires two people, massage on yourself is also beneficial and can be done at any time during the day. Most people practice the art of self-massage without thinking about it, whether they are rubbing their forehead because of a headache, scrubbing themselves with a loofah sponge in the shower, or rubbing their feet after a long day you are giving yourself a mini-massage.

Author Rich Poley puts out some great instruction throughout this book with his friendly and human nature. It comes with pages and pages of demonstrative and appealing pictures in black and white. Once you read this and use the following techniques throughout the day, you will feel less tired and tense at the end of it. A primary benefit of this technique is that it can be combined with other healing methods to enhance their effectiveness. Performed slowly, and carefully, self-massage relaxes the body. Performed quickly, it lessens fatigue and revitalizes the body. It is also says, massage may also help heal an injury by bringing fresh oxygen to the affected tissues. This all depends on the techniques used, self-massage can stimulate or relax the body.

Basic moves such as Gliding, Pressing, and Pulling are beneficial towards all the massaging techniques. Once you learn them you'll discover new ways of relating to your body. I personally enjoy the arm, neck, and leg massages being that I use those parts the most. It even has face; butt, abs and chest massages which are really good because you get pleasant responses from them. You don't need any special equipments and oils with these practices just your own two hands that are priceless. I do recommend this book to anyone who's in need to relax, relate, and release.

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Massage away your aches and pains. Self-Massage for Athletes will have you feeling better fast by showing you how to apply the same strokes and techniques used by professional massage therapists. With chapters on acupressure, trigger point therapy, shower massage, and more. Clearly written and beautifully photographed, this handy guide is your invitation to join the millions of active people who already use self-massage to improve the way they feel and perform. Complete with more than 100 photos, 176 pages, and index.

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Rich Poley is the world's leading authority on self-massage for athletes for good reason. He enjoys running, cycling, yoga, Pilates, swimming, weight training, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, triathlon, and more. Put them altogether and he needs all the massages he can get.

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ISBN-10: 0977608603 (perfect pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780977608607 (perfect pbk.)
Photographer: Tim Benko
Author: Rich Poley
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Two Hand Press, LLC
Date Published: February 10, 2007
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