Mary Mountstephen for SEN Magazine

SEN Magazine review written by Mary Mountstephen, June 2016

Title: Indian Head Massage for Special Needs
Author: Giuliana Fenwick
Publisher: Singing Dragon
Date: 2016
ISBN: 978-1-84819-275-1

The author developed this book while working with her son with Asperger’s Syndrome as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.   She has created a manual that introduces Indian Head Massage techniques to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, calm sensory overloads, improve sleep patterns and many other challenges.

The book is a very interesting combination of the author’s own story and a detailed approach to this type of intervention. The author combines a passion for her personal journey with a desire to share knowledge and experience to produce a practical guide and reference for the reader.

The book is well structured; covering physical systems, before moving on to complementary approaches and massage information and supportive case studies. The 4 sections are well structured and provide a clear rationale for this type of intervention. Areas covered include:

  • Anatomy, physiology and some neuropsychology
  • Hormone producers
  • The nervous system
  • The lymphatic system
  • The massage treatment
  • Case studies

There are many colour illustrations and detailed intervention protocols and this book would be of interest to parents, therapists and multi-disciplinary settings.

There will be many who are skeptical of this type of intervention; however the book deserves to be read with an open mind. The technique described and the author’s teaching have both been approved by the Complementary Medical Association.

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