Where can I read about massage techniques?
The Massage Book by George Downing (and illustrated by Anne
Kent Rush) is highly and frequently recommended. It has been co-published
by Bodyworks and Random House with ISBN 0-394-70770-2 (paper) since 1972.
The trade edition is reported to have ISBN 0-394-48241-7.
Keith Grant recommends The Complete Book of Massage by Clare
Maxwell-Hudson (Random House, 1988) and The Book of Massage: The Complete
Step-by-Step Guide to Eastern and Western Techniques by Lucinda Liddel
with Sara Thomas, Carola Beresford Cooke and Anthony Porter (A Fireside
Book published by Simon and Schuster, 1984).
The FAQL maintainer thinks The Back Rub Book: How to give and
receive great back rubs by Anne Kent Rush (A Vintage Book published by
Random House, 1989/ISBN 0-394-75962-1) and The Massage Book are great.
The alt.backrubs archive (see question 5.1.2) contains detailed
recommendations for these and other books as well as much advice for novice
and experienced massagers. The archive category Getting Started contains
basic advice about massage techniques. The archive also contains
suggestions for videos, journals and specific magazine articles.
The alt.romance FAQL contains some advice about giving some basic
massages too. You can find that document in the alt.romance newsgroup and
at the rtfm.mit.edu FTP site in pub/usenet-by-group/alt.romance. See
question 5.2 for information about FTP and the rtfm.mit.edu site in