Books Authored by Laura Allen

Books by Laura Allen

Amazon Prime members can read most of my books on Kindle for free.

All of my 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. 

The NEW FOURTH EDITION OF PLAIN & SIMPLE GUIDE TO THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE & BODYWORK EXAMINATIONS IS NOW AVAILABLE. Plain & Simple Guide to Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Examinations, 4th edition will get you ready to pass the MBLEx or the Board Certification Exam. Hundreds of practice questions 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. Available on Amazon. 








The NEW SECOND EDITION OF ONE YEAR TO A SUCCESSFUL MASSAGE THERAPY PRACTICE IS NOW AVAILABLE! One Year to a Successful Massage Therapy Practice 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.

I have had requests for signed copies. If you would like to order one from me directly so it will be signed, the cost is $28.00 including the shipping (the books sells for $24.95 on Amazon). Call 828-289-5047 to pay by credit/debit card. Your copy will be shipped within two business days. Schools ordering 12 or more copies will receive a bulk discount.



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.








The Educated Heart, 5th edition. Originally authored by my friend and mentor, Nina McIntosh, the 5th edition was released in July of 2019. 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. Signed copies may be ordered directly from me by calling 828-289-5047 to pay be credit/debit card. Schools ordering 12 or more copies will receive a bulk discount.







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.

A Massage Therapist's Guide to Business







The Days Still Left is the journal of Nina McIntosh (my mentor and the original author of The Educated Heart) 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.

The Days Still Left








Nothin’ Fancy: Good Food and a Few Funny Stories draws on my 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!









Books compiled/edited by Laura Allen