This bibliography is offered for those desiring to find resources for self-directed learning to augment their formal coursework. The content includes resources for anatomy, physiology and massage technique, but also ranges out into the broader cultural and psychological implications and impacts of touch and body identity.
Back in 1999, I put together an earlier bibliography because I felt there should be guidance rather than requirements in learning matters of interest. A hand up rather than a barrier. I have also long been interested in the sociological implications of touch and embodiment — massage as a transformative activity rather than just one more meal-ticket occupation. The content reflects this interest. What Margaret Wheatley talks about in terms of simple/meaningful conversation, I also look at in terms of simple touch. We seem too often to become so enraptured with the next technique that we lose sight of this basic need of connection between embodied humans.
The main bibliography has been created in affiliation with Amazon.com. Their web services have allowed me to obtain book information in a computer massageable format and build and maintain this bibliography in far less time than would otherwise have been required. In most cases Amazon provides prompt book service directly or through 3rd party vendors. For a few books from small niche publishers or for reports published by the National Academy Press, the item may be much more readily available directly from the publisher than via Amazon's resources. This mainly applies to books published by
This rebirth of the bibliography is just up as of late September 2006. Its content, particularly book descriptions and categorization, is still being refined. This version follows on an earlier version that I implemented in the late 1990's for the McKinnon Institute. It leverages work I've done with XML, XSLT, and the Library of Congress's MODS-XML bibliography format for the Massage Medical Applications Project (MMAP).
Not all worthwhile publications are in the formal publication circuit. Here's a few additional resources.