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Poetics Book

About Poetics Book
List of 26 Poetics Concepts
Beginning, Middle, and Ending
Depth and Pace
Predictable and Unpredictable
Verbal Communication

Massage Songs and Poetry

Songs and Poems by Massage Recipients
Gift of First Massage Poem

Other Offerings

Massage Résumé
Most Humorous Massage Story
Detailing "Great Hands"
Wave Patterns

When massage clients say, "You really know what you are doing," numerous unspoken questions have been answered in a positive way. Clients and therapists feel reassured.

Some of my life's work is to define qualities that make massage therapy effective and uplifting. My twenty-six Poetics of Touch concepts are a system for learning the fine points of Swedish massage from an artistic viewpoint. They explain what makes basic touch, rapport, and massage strokes better than average and they explore composition in-depth from various angles.

To more fully understand what massage means to those who receive it, I offered forty people a two-hour massage in exchange for writing a poem describing their inner journey during the massage.

My deepest gratitude to each poem writer for his or her insights and contribution. I teach with the wealth of imagery that emerged and you may click "Poems by Massage Recipients" at left to read many.

Ideally massage has a good lingering effect and affect. Jenny D'Angelo, a massage recipient, concludes her poem Poetry in Motion with:

It is this evenness I remember most
now that the day has passed.
Everything even,
like a clear morning song;
the base note balancing
the subtext—
even and utterly smooth.

Welcome massage students, therapists, teachers, clients, and those interested in massage therapy. Developing a good basic touch is the foundation for all massage styles no matter how technical, intuitive, light or deep they are.