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Posted April 2013
Stretching the Neck
Stretching the Neck - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Techniques

Dr. Muscolino explains and teaches these techniques Simply, clearly, and thoroughly!

This DVD is a must for manual therapists: massage therapists, structural integration practitioners, athletic trainers, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractic and osteopathic physicians. Learn how to stretch the neck. Beginner, intermediate and advanced techniques are demonstrated and taught: Stretching of functional groups, multiplane stretching, pin and stretch, and neural inhibition.

In Advanced stretching technique, a neurologic reflex is used to inhibit,  the target muscle that is being stretched. Creating neural inhibition then allows greater stretch of the musculature.

This Includes: Contract Relax (CR), Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR), Proprioceptive Neural Facilitation (PNF), and Agonist Contract (AC, which is the basis of Active Isolated Stretching) stretching techniques are all covered.

All stretching techniques are taught with an emphasis on body mechanics. Also includes Orthopedic Assessment tests and Stretching of the upper trunk.

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Posted November 2012
A Textbook of Bowen Technique - A Move in the right direction!
A Textbook of Bowen Technique - A Move in the right direction!

A Textbook of Bowen Technique is an invaluable practical guide to Bowen Therapy. This beautifully illustrated text will benefit experienced and beginning practitioners alike.

The book outlines the basic principles and theories that underpin the technique and it highlights the significance of acupoint theory with regard to the technique's origins and its therapeutic effects.

Importantly, this text details a much needed holistic assessment method which may be used to assess tonal symmetry and guide clinical application of the technique. In this way, the therapist can deliver a unique treatment targeted to the specific needs of each individual patient.

"What Graham has given us in this book allows us to better understand and apply the work of the Bowen Technique...I can highly recommend this book...I am certain it will be of great benefit to practitioners of all persuasions."

Romney Smeeton D.C.

A Textbook of Bowen Technique - A Move in the right direction!

Ph: 0428 980 058 or (03) 55 612 442 
RRP $64.95

Posted September 2012
Clinical Sports Medicine
Clinical Sports Medicine - 4th edition

By Brukner & Khan

Brukner and Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine is the bible of sports medicine. The text explores all aspects of diagnosis and management of sports-related injuries and physical activity such as the fundamental principles of sports medicine, diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, enhancement of sports performance and dealing with special groups of participants.

Each chapter has been comprehensively reviewed and updated and there are 12 new chapters which cover topics such as military medicine, prevention of sudden cardiac death and the integration of evidence into clinical practice. The contributing authors are renowned experts in their field and are based all around the world.

The fourth edition is enhanced by a new companion website featuring 'Clinical Sports Medicine Masterclasses Online'. Readers will gain access to this secure site via a pin-code included with the book. The site will include video clips of clinical examinations, interviews with leading experts and will be updated regularly.


  • Companion website featuring 'Clinical Sports Medicine Master classes Online'
  • 12 brand new chapters
  • Each chapter reworked and completely updated
  • New and updated illustrations
  • Internationally renowned contributing authors

RRP: $189.95

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Posted July 2012
Motion Palpation Assessment & Joint Mobilization Treatment Techniques DVD
Motion Palpation Assessment & Joint Mobilization Treatment Techniques DVD
  1. Motion Palpation Assessment & Joint Mobilization Treatment Techniques for the Neck
  2. Motion Palpation Assessment & Joint Mobilization Treatment Techniques for the Low Back & Pelvis

By Joe Muscolino

This DVD covers motion palpation assessment and joint mobilization techniques for the neck. Motion palpation assesses joint range motion one joint at a time. Joint mobilization is a specific stretching of the intrinsic tissues of the joint. Dr. Joe Muscolino is a chiropractor in private practice and has been a massage therapy educator for 25 years. He explains and teaches these techniques simply, clearly, and thoroughly! This DVD is a must for all manual therapists: massage therapists, structural integration practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractic and osteopathic physicians.

Lack of mobility in the cervical regions of the spine cannot always be addressed via soft tissue release, it is necessary to address directly the restrictions at the facet joints. Joint mobilization is an extremely powerful and effective technique, and should be added to your tool box of treatment techniques. For clients who present with specific segmental spinal hypomobilities, it is the only treatment technique available to massage therapists that can remedy their condition.

This DVD covers motion palpation and joint mobilisation of the cervical, including orthopedic assessment tests and a review of cervical spina anatomy.

Feel for the motion by moving the joint. To evaluate joint motion, we challenge the joint to move through its ranges of motion and see if the motions are full. This can also be called "Motion Palpation. "The essence of a joint mobilization is to stretch the intrinsic tissues of the joint (ligaments, joint capsules, short deep muscles) by stabilizing the proximal bone and then introducing a gradual gentle-but-firm stretch force to the distal bone. A very valuable technique!" Joe Muscolino

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Massage Desk Reference
NEW: Massage Desk Reference

By David Kuoch

From the author who brought you the very popular 'Acupuncture Desk Reference' series, now comes the 'Massage Desk Reference'!

David Kuoch's 'Massage Desk Reference' is a collection of information assembled to help practitioners to become highly effective in treatment and successful in practice. Extremely popular with students and practitioners, this 458-page clinic reference book is essential for all massage therapists. MDR includes chapters on:

  • Acupressure / Shiatsu
  • Swedish and Deep Tissue
  • Thai Massage
  • Tuina
  • Reflexology
  • Lymphatic
  • Energy Work
  • Anatomy
  • Pain Patterns
  • Qi Gong
  • Botanicals
  • Exercises
  • Food as Medicine
  • Drugs
  • Western Medicine
  • Clinical Practice Aids
  • Resources

One third of this book is devoted to Western and Complementary Medicine, which allows the massage therapist to check for drugs, labs, interactions, botanicals, nutrients and supplements. A resource section provides the most up-to-date information for your everyday clinical practice, including insurance providers, suppliers and general health forms for your massage practice.

In practice, a massage therapist already knows the information, but needs a comprehensive but concise reference to refresh his/her memory. Therapists are expected to have clinical knowledge and skills across many fields, and 'Massage Desk Reference' provides the essentials for clinical practice. As a pocket reference, its size makes it streamlined and durable. It fits in the palm of your hand that is easy to navigate in a clinical or home setting.

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Tuina Therapy Massage
Tuina Therapy: Treatment of Adults & Children

The first really comprehensive guide to Tuina from a Western publisher (Thieme), "Tuina Therapy: Treatment of Adults & Children" is the kind of book that you can jump into straight away and feel like you are learning everything about the subject.

It provides detailed instructions for using the art of Chinese tuina massage to treat disorders of the locomotor system, gynecological and gastrointestinal diseases, pediatric ailments, and more. While other books may only contain brief sections on tuina treatment and application, this guide describes each technique in detail using concise text complemented by step-by-step photographs.

The high-quality images clearly demonstrate the practitioner's movements, making them easy to replicate. The authors also thoroughly address the treatment of children - a topic left out of most other tuina textbooks.


Over 250 photographs guiding readers through each step of the various techniques; A full chapter describing adult self-therapy for headaches, back pain, fatigue etc; An extensive appendix containing a list of key pressure points and tuina terminology. As well as covering all the different kinds of tuina techniques, the authors show just how important it is that practitioners be alert to a patient's energy (qi) levels so as to apply the right intensity and duration of massage pressure. This brings in the TCM theories underlying tuina, and it is here that the conceptual framework of the book becomes apparent, making it more than just a manual of bodywork.

Our price $79.05

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DVD: Positional Release: Manual Therapy

By Diana Haynes.

Positional Release therapy is an excellent way to release hyper-sensitive tissue easily and quickly. Similar to Orthobionomy, Strain Counter-Strain, and Neuromuscular Re-Education, this technique uses the body’s nervous system to remind the muscles to relax. The technique consists of precise positioning and the use of a monitor point to relax the muscle in an effortless way. This comprehensive DVD shows how to release the most common dysfunctions with ease and skill.

INSTRUCTOR: Diana Haynes has been practicing various forms of bodywork for over 30 years. She brings her technical skill and clear teaching style to this great DVD!

33 chapters
59 Releases
Great for hyper-sensitive areas

RRP $80; Special price $68

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In Search of Tom Bowen and The Therapy He Inspired

The level of misinformation and general nonsense that evolved to become ‘common knowledge’ about legendary Geelong healer Tom Bowen, inspired former journalist (and lots of other stuff) turned manual therapist turned Bowen Therapy school director, Col Murray, to set out on a journey to set the record straight. Along the way he tells the story of this special and often troubled Australian set against the emergence of a remarkable manual healing technique and the misinformation, jealousies, ego-tripping and outright silliness that has surfaced in the race to make the work known to the world.

This book is an informative and entertaining romp through the world of natural therapies and the environment in which they operate, stopping occasionally to take a few pot-shots at those whom the author feels might be doing Bowen an injustice, including orthodoxy and its tunnel-visioned restraints.

And some in the Bowen Therapy world.

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Cellulite Massage DVD

By Susan Brown

Get long lasting results with this “hands on” cellulite massage. Learn the steps and strokes of this intensive work to promote dimensional inch loss, smooth out dimpled skin, and flush toxins stored in fat cells. Susan Brown shows you the techniques that have yielded an average of 6 to 12 inches lost from the abdomen to the thighs for her clients, over the course of a 6-week program regimen. Before and after photos and documented inch loss verify her results.

In this comprehensive instructional video, Susan goes step-by-step through a complete massage session, demonstrating the strokes, pressure, depth, and direction.

She also goes over the benefits and contra-indications, initial client assessment, client forms (agreement form, medical history form, and client tracking sheet), pricing, setting realistic client goals and expectations, measuring and tracking client progress, and follow-up recommendations for your clients to help maintain the results.

Cellulite massage works by loosening up the fascia, softening it, so it's not so rigid, and softening the fat tissue and expressing the toxins and directing them into the lymphatic system. Highly effective, this massage technique is considered an alternative to invasive liposuction. The regimen involves a six-week program, with three massages per week, to achieve the dramatic results.

Your clients will also have more energy and just feel better. 
This is such a great educational resource for  massage therapy.

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Fascial Release for Structural Balance 

By James Earls & Tom Myers

Fascia is our biological fabric that plays a vital role in support, posture, and stability. In recent years, the topic of fascia has attracted many scientific research and gain great interests in the world of massage therapy. In Fascial Release for Structural Balance, authors James Earls and Thomas Myers—both respected bodyworkers—argue that approaching the fascia requires “a different eye, a different touch, and tissue-specific techniques.” Designed for bodyworkers using manual therapy, including massage therapists, this book offers a detailed introduction to structural anatomy and fascial release techniques, including postural analysis, complete technique descriptions, and the art of proper assessment of a patient through “BodyReading.” Through informed assessment and manipulation of fascial patterns, it is hoped that the therapists can help address many chronic strain patterns clients bring to the clinic.

This book is 287 pages, printed in colour with more than 400 coloured photographs and illustrations, composed of 9 chapters. Chapter 1 gives an introduction to fascial release technique, followed by Chapter 2 on developing the skills of touch, and the authors proposed the DASIE (Development, Assessment, Strategy, Intervention, Ending) model for structural bodywork. Chapter 3 gives an overview on the art of BodyReading. Chapters 5 through 9 provide the anatomy & techniques for specific parts of the body: the foot & lower leg, the knee and thigh, the hip, the abdomen, thorax & breathing, the spine, the shoulder and arm. Each chapter starts with the anatomy of related bones, ligaments & muscles, BodyReading technique and the fascial release techniques. The book ended with Appendices on the anatomy trains and contraindications.

Author James Earls practices Structural Integration and massage therapy in Belfast and is the director of Ultimate Massage Solutions and Kinesis UK. He studied under Tom Myers, and regularly teaches in the Anatomy Trains workshops throughout Europe. Author Thomas Myers is the author of the famous Anatomy Trains books (Elsevier 2001, 2009). Tom teaches certification in Structural Integration and continuing professional development courses worldwide for manual and movement therapists from many professions.

This book is just recently published in Spetember 2010, and available from  at $39.95.

Pregnancy & Childbirth: A Holistic Approach to Massage & Bodywork

By Suzanne Yates

This is a highly practical, very informative Text. It has been clearly thought-out and allows for interesting reading.

The text is divided into 2 main sections:

Part 1. Theory: Detailed Western then Eastern approaches to pregnancy, Labour and postpartum.
Part 2. Practical bodywork during pregnancy, Labour and postpartum also including a section on higher-risk maternity clients.

Please see the brochure for a more detailed idea of what this book includes.

Shop F7, First Floor, Citymark Building
683-689 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Phone (02) 9280 1885
Fax (02) 9280 1887

Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, 2nd Edition

Recent research shows a high prevalence of work-related injury among manual therapists, which can lead to interruption or even termination of one's career. However, injury is far from inevitable. Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition offers a unique, comprehensive and authoritative approach to work-related injury prevention and ergonomics for these practitioners, with proven methods to help students and professionals avoid injury, preserve their health and prolong their careers. The book adopts a positive tone and provides practical, real-life tips and strategies to help practitioners maintain their health and protect their investment in their career. Practitioners can also use the information in Save Your Hands! to help them more effectively address their clients' musculoskeletal symptoms and injuries. So while they learn to save their hands (and back, neck and shoulders), they also enhance their practice.

The authors are leading experts in the field of ergonomics and injury prevention. In an accessible, richly-illustrated format, Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition shows how to:

  • Design your treatment space so you can work safely and efficiently
  • Find alternative techniques to protect vulnerable parts of your body
  • Improve your body mechanics to work with less physical stress and greater comfort
  • Stay in shape with a physical conditioning program developed specifically for manual therapists
  • Recognize early symptoms and address them effectively before they lead to injury

352 pages, 83 photos and illustrations, softcover. Available from Akasha Books Limited, New Zealand.

Lauriann Greene, CEAS and Richard W. Goggins, CPE, LMP
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