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Highly Recommended Reading for Massage Therapists

Online articles:
Article- (Featuring Me!!) Supervision Peer Supervision and Clinical Supervision Groups Provide Therapists With A Safe Harbor And Forum For Professional Development.
Excerpted and adapted with permission from The Ethics of Touch,
by Ben Benjamin, PhD and Cherie Sohnen-Moe.  

Articles by Jack Blackburn

Computer based Supervision - Journal of Technology in Counseling

Article: The Bell that rings: A process for group Supervision 

Ethics of Touch : www.somatics.de : Go to articles for structural integrators and read "The Ethics of Touch" by Lael Katherine Green

Eliminating Caretaker behaviors - www.coping.org/ - Great examples of caretaker behavior and what to start doing about them

Overcoming the Need to Fix - www.coping.org - Another Great example that defines the need to fix and how it is a control issue.


Books:  (links to amazon.com)


"The Educated Heart: Professional Guidelines for Massage Therapists, Bodyworkers and Movement Teachers" by Nina M. McIntosh: Highly recommended.  One of the first people to start talking about the nuts and bolts of practice building which are setting boundaries and framework.  Building a practice is based on ethics.  Ethics is just really about relationships.

"Ethics of Caring: Honoring the Web of Life in Our Professional Healing Relationships" by Kylea Taylor

The Ethics of Touch: The Hands-on Practitioner's Guide To Creating a Professional, Safe and Enduring Practice
by Ph.D. Ben E. Benjamin (Author), Cherie Sohnen-Moe (Author).  More of a college textbook on ethics.   Available on her website : www.sohnen-moe.com

"How can I help?" by Ram Dass

My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging by Rachel Naomi Remen, Md : Highly recommended.  This is really the core of our work - learning to serve.  There is an article online called "In the Service of life" that should be our Code of Ethics.   website -www.rachelremen.com 



Marketing Massage  by Monica Roseberry This is one of the best books on marketing your business that you can get.  The author actually visits over 1000 massage schools and interviews massage therapists and students and reports on what makes for a successful massage therapist. The number one thing that massage therapists had in common was the need to serve others.  This is really the heart of the intentions of my writing- to discover what it is really to serve and be of service.  

Business Mastery : A Guide for Creating a Fulfilling, Thriving Business and Keeping It Successful by Cherie Sohnen-Moe ISBN: 0962126543; 3rd edition 1997) Read an excerpt online and see table of contents. A massage therapists guide to setting up business and creating the practice that you want. Includes sections on business planning, starting a business, therapeutic relationships, marketing, and financial planning. Great for any stage in building a practice. There is a workbook available along with other articles and free business forms at http://www.sohnen-moe.com

Attracting Perfect Customers: The Power of Strategic Synchronicity by Stacey Hall, Jan Brogniez.  Basically explores the same message as I do in my website www.massagepracticebuilder.com and here.  A successful business is based on finding our ideal or "perfect customer" who is in tune with our personal and professional values and missions.  There are some good articles on the website at www.perfectcustomer.com  Also offers more support in the form of vision circles, classes and programs.


Personal Growth:

I highly recommend the Series of books written by Miguel Ruiz.  They have been influential in helping me find my way.

The Four Aggreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements Companion Book : Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life
by Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills

The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship: A Toltec Wisdom Book by Miguel Ruiz

The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace
by Don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills

Beyond Fear: A Toltec Guide to Freedom and Joy : The Teachings of Don Miguel Ruiz
by Mary Carroll Nelson, don Miguel Ruiz, Miguel Ruiz

The Toltec Way : A Guide to Personal Transformation
by Susan Gregg (Foreword), Don Miguel Ruiz (Foreword) The writing exercises in this book actually helped me understand the other 4 by Miguel Ruiz and helped me apply the 4 agreements.  Like anything else it is a process of learning.

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