Book Reviews
By Nancy Dail

The Psychology of the Body by Elliot Greene and Barbara Goodrich-Dunn

This bookworm is thrilled to review The Psychology of the Body by Elliot Greene and Barbara Goodrich-Dunn, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, August 2003.

It is impossible to separate the mind and body; the massage therapist holds more than a client’s physical body in his/her hands. Written for students and experienced practitioners alike, The Psychology of the Body explores the intricate connections between the mind and body and the underlying psychological factors that influence the massage therapist-client relationship and the outcome of the treatment.

Filling a gap in the knowledge base of the profession, this timely book addresses topics of great interest to massage therapists where little training has been either available or received. The authors covered the phenomena of emotional release and how to respond effectively and responsibly, how to choose methods and techniques that are both physically and psychologically suited for clients, and provided information about boundary issues concerning ethical behavior and when to appropriately refer.

The book is organized in four sections:

The Psychology of the Body takes the reader on an in-depth voyage into the body-mind connection and charts a path to the client, helping the therapist to make important therapeutic decisions. Any practitioner who works with the body through touch and wants to enhance his/her understanding of how to psychologically and emotionally support his/her clients will find The Psychology of the Body to be an essential resource.

The Psychology of the Body is available in the DSM Store for $35.95.

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