Books Authored by Laura Allen

Laura Allen has been a licensed massage therapist and bodyworker since 1999, an Approved Provider of Continuing Education under the NCBTMB since 2000, and is the author of several books. Click on the link to visit the Amazon page. All of Laura’s books are available in both paperback and Kindle editions. Amazon has a free e-reader you can download in case you’d like to read it online without a Kindle.

Cultural Crossroads of Healthcare and Healing: The State of Modern Healthcare and Traditional Healing Practices (2017). While many people of the world have access to modern healthcare that is affordable and of high quality, others are greatly lacking in availability and accessibility of biomedicine; others have only whatever filters in under the auspices of humanitarian aid. Even countries that have the latest and best modern healthcare available have their indigenous folk medicine traditions and their healers. In some places, that’s virtually all they have to depend on, due to lack of accessible medical care.

Cultural Crossroads of Healthcare and Healing is a look at the current state of healthcare in every country in the world: what is available in the way of modern medicine and how it’s paid for, cultural healing traditions, and whether there is collaboration, peaceful co-existence, or total lack of understanding between the two.

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The 4th edition of The Educated Heart. Originally authored by my friend and mentor, Nina McIntosh, the 4th edition was released in September of 2016. She entrusted the new edition to me before her untimely death from Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2010. I am very honored that she entrusted “her baby,” as she always referred to the book, to me. It was my ethics bible in previous editions and I hope I’ve done it justice with the revision.  TEH

Plain & Simple Guide to Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork ExaminationsPlain & Simple Guide to Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Examinations (LWW Massage Therapy and Bodywork Educational Series) Second (3rd) Edition will get you ready to pass the MBLEx or the Board Certification Exam. The scratch-off password on the inside cover takes you to a website with hundreds of practice questions and games that will help you ace the test! Expanded information in all areas of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, body mechanics, pathology, cautions and contraindications, professional ethics, business, and tips on how to study effectively and overcome test anxiety.


Clay & Pounds’ Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment published in October 2015. With over 500 new photographs and medical illustrations by the amazing David Pounds, this book revision was entrusted to me after the death of the original author, Doc Clay. It has been updated with research on pain science, and includes explicit instructions on massage therapy techniques for relieving pain.

Manual for Massage Therapy Educators 2nd edition, co-authored by Laura Allen and Ryan Hoyme, aka the Massage Nerd. Full of practical advice about things that we wished we had known when we started teaching massage therapy.

Excuse Me, Exactly How Does That Work? tells the truth about a lot of things that massage therapists tend to get caught up in. Maybe YOUR therapist is caught up in them. Get the real facts about detoxing, ionic foot baths, juice diets, energy, and more.

A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Business (LWW Massage Therapy and Bodywork Educational Series) begins with how to write a business plan, and ends with how to sell your business whenever you’re ready to retire. In between is everything you need to know about hiring and firing, employees, independent contractors, insurance, partnerships, corporations, contracts, client records, legalities, marketing, and much more. The inside cover contains a scratch-off password with access to teacher and student ancillaries and dozens of useful forms.

One Year to a Successful Massage Therapy Practice (LWW In Touch Series)
is full of no-cost and low-cost ways to market your massage therapy practice. Great for those who are just trying to get their business off the ground, or for “old hands” who feel like they need a revitalization.

The Days Still Left is the journal of Nina McIntosh as she was dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). She laughed all the way to the grave. She also got her affairs in order, which is something we all need to do in time of health and wellness, instead of leaving our loved ones to deal with it when they’re in shock. There are some good lessons here about dying and handling your end of life affairs.

Nothin’ Fancy: Good Food and a Few Funny Stories
draws on Allen’s 20+ years of cooking for the public and being a restaurant owner. Over 80 recipes of good Southern home cooking and anecdotes that will have you rolling!