This is a somewhat-dated book about massage for the average person. As a professional massage therapist, I found many things at fault here, primarily regarding draping, nudity, and some of the massage "moves". Recommended only for a lay person, specifically one in a romantic relationship who is very comfortable with the naked body. It's also got lots of illustrations of nude men and women, so keep that in mind when requesting.
Very good information about giving and receiving massage, with the exception of the author's advice on nudity. More like the book "The Art of Sensual Massage" than a book about professional massage in this regard. Includes detailed instructions for building a massage table.
"The Massage Book" is a classic for good reason. Everything you need to know in order to give a truly outstanding, tension-releasing full-body massage is covered in the book. It begins with concise information on practicalities such as what type (and how much) oil to use, and how to work at a massage table without becoming sore or tired. Don't have a table? No problem. This book shows how to use the floor, or build a basic portable table if you're so inclined. The author does not cover specialized techniques such as deep tissue work or shiatsu, which require professional training (to avoid injuring). The style presented in "The Massage Book" is one which is used by a large percentage of professional massage therapists to produce a deeply satisfying, relaxing massage. The main body of the book is a well-written and illustrated set of instructions covering approximately eighty massage strokes. The instructions are exceptionally clear and easy to follow. Important: you'll learn how to hold your friend's body so their limbs do not flap about as you lift them to move through the strokes. You can apply the strokes in the exact order they are presented, or mix them differently. The techniques presented have served me well for the past twenty years. My massage therapist friends beg me to work on them. Learn from this book, and you too can have the power to make otherwise rational humans beg and drool for your attentions.
Instructional book for therapeutic massage.