This guide to massage enables readers to: discover the healing power of one's hands; learn how to soothe away stress and tension through touch; and provide immediate relief for everyday ailments, from headache to aching feet.;The book is presented in three sections. The first section, "Beginning", prepares readers and the environment for massage. This is followed with step-by-step instructions to the basic massage strokes. Each step is supported with illustrations.;The second section, "Common Ailments", presents massage treatments for various ailments. A whole-body sequence is presented to treat general disorders, from insomnia to anxiety. Step-by-step instructions are also provided for head massage, neck and shoulder massage, chest massage, arms and hands massage, stomach and belly massage, mid- and lower-back massage and legs and feet massage. Each step lists the particular ailments that can be treated using each technique. The ailments treated are listed on the contents page.;The final section, "Important Information", provides additional instructions for particular conditions, and explains when massage should not be used. Sara Thomas is the author of "The Book of Massage".