Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Nicholls, David
Pub Date: 03/01/2010
Publication: Name: New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy Publisher: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists ISSN: 0303-7193
Issue: Date: March, 2010 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Fritz, Sandy
Accession Number: 226728752
Full Text: Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage. S. Fritz. 2009. Mosby Elsevier, London. ISBN 978-0-323-04861-3. Soft Cover. 799 pages. NZD 154.56

Sandy Fritz's reworking of Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage is little short of remarkable. The book represents what must be the pinnacle of publishing in this area. With CD-Rom and DVD media now the norm for instructional media, it is within the realms of possibility that all texts of this sort will be replaced by interactive graphics and visual-rich simulations, but this text gets as close as possible to being a perfect rendering in pictures and words of the masseuse's craft.

Divided in 15 chapters, the book covers almost every imaginable facet of massage practice that the undergraduate student could care to explore. There are, of course, local issues that no massage text can deal with (the local ethical and legal context of practice for instance). But with this exception, the book is a masterwork of comprehensive, well written subtle, and objective instruction.

The book addresses the context in which massage operates (terminology, history, hygiene, etc.) in the opening chapters before moving on to its theoretical dimensions. But where the book truly excels is in the presentation of various massage techniques. Fritz places a strong emphasis upon the correct application of traditional orthodox massage, but also embraces a more holistic approach. This, and the obvious North American bias in the language and layout of the book, will be a little disconcerting to some readers, but they cannot fail to be impressed with the clarity of presentation and the succinct way Fritz distils and dispenses good practice. We have been using Sandy Fritz's book in this year's Therapeutic Touch paper at AUT University and have found it to be a very useful addition to class teaching. It provides enough theoretical complexity for the students without overwhelming them, whilst reinforcing all-important issues of propriety and safe conduct.

The book is designed ostensibly for undergraduate students and is very good value given the size of the text and the production values invested in the book.

David Nicholls

Senior Lecturer

AUT University
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