Est. In 2006.


Recommended Reading List from Brighton Holistics

There are many useful books available online or in bookshops and in the library. All massage/A&P books at VTCT, ITEC and NVQ 3 are at the right level although some are better than others.

You do not need to rush and buy these books to attend a course here at Brighton Holistics. You will be given extensive learning materials from Brighton Holistics but it is important to do your own research and gain as much information as you can from a variety of sources.

Anatomy and physiology

    • The Human Body Book – ISBN 978-1-4053-1625-5
    • Trail Guide to the Body (Student Handbook)  – 9780965853460
    • Trail Guide to the Body – ISBN 978-0-9658534-5-3
    • Anatomy and Physiology for Holistic Therapists – ISBN 978-0-7487-9356-3
    • An Introductory Guide to Anatomy and Physiology – ISBN 978-1-903348-28-4
    • A & P cube  –
    • The Concise book of Muscles by Chris Jarmey
    • The Concise Book of Trigger Points” by Simeon Niei-Asher
    • Myofascial Release (The Search for Excellence)
    • The Myofascial Release Manual by  Carol J. Manheim.
    • Myofascial Release by Ruth Duncan

Massage and complementary therapy

    • The Essential Guide to Holistic & Complementary Therapy – ISBN 978-1-84480-026-1
    • The Official Guide to Body Massage – ISBN978-1-84480-330-9
    • An Introductory Guide to Massage – ISBN 978-1-903348-45-1


    • Culpeper’s Complete Herbal
    • The Chemistry & Bioactivity of Essential Oils – Dr Maria Lis-Balchin
    • Natural Soothing Remedy –  Julia Lawless
    • Carrier Oils – Len Price
    • Essential Chemistry for Safe Aromatherapy – Sue Clarke
    • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils –  Julia Lawless
    • The Fragrant Mind – Viviane Ann Warmwood
    • The Practice of Aromatherapy –  Dr Jean Valnet
    • Aromatherapy an A – Z – Patricia Davis
    • Aromatherapy  Therapy Basics – Helen McHinness
    • Aromatherapy  Therapy Basics – Helen McHinness
    • Rosemary Caddy aromatherapy in colour.
    • The pc version is caddy profiles for the Aromatherapist  –

Beauty Therapy

    • Spa, The official guide to spa therapy – Joan Scott & Andrea Harrison
    • Cosmetic make up & manicure – Ann Eaton & Florence Openshaw
    • The science of Beauty Therapy – Ruth Bennett
    • Body Massage Therapy Basics – Mo Rosser
    • That’s it for Beauty Therapy ones

Sports Massage Therapy

    • Sports Therapy, An introduction to theory and practice – Mo Rosser
    • Stretching – Bob Anderson
    • Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial pain – Donna Finano & Steven Finando
    • Therapeutic Stretching – Jane Johnson
    • Muscle Energy Techniques – John Gibbons


    • The complete Reiki tutor – Tanmaya Honervogt
    • Healing Reiki – Eleanor McKenzie
    • Living The Reiki Way, by Penelope Quest
    • Introduction to Reiki, by Penelope Quest
    • Living The Reiki Way, by Penelope Quest


    • Reflexology  – Live Better -Beryl Crane
    • Step by Step Reflexology – Renee Tanner
    • Reflexology – A practical Approach – Vicki Pitman
    • Hand Reflexology – Barbara & Kevin Kunz
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