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Recommended Reading List

The IFA recommend the following books to help with your studies or for general information. If you have any questions relating to information contained within a listed book or otherwise please contact the author's publisher directly.

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body (textbook) by Pip Waller
  • The Massage Therapists Pocketbook of Pathology by Su Fox
  • The Massage Connection (Anatomy and Physiology) by Kalyani Premkumar
  • An Easy Guide to Learning Anatomy & Physiology by Bruce Forciea


  • Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell by Constance Classen, David Howes and Anthony Synnott
  • Aromatherapy: The Essential Blending Guide by Rosemary Caddy
  • Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless
  • Natural Beauty Recipe Book: How to Make Your Own Organic Cosmetics and Beauty Products by Gill Farrer-Halls
  • The Encyclopedia of Healing Plants by Chrissie Wildwood
  • Complete Aromatherapy Handbook by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi
  • Aromatherapy – A Guide for Home Use by Christine Westwood
  • Aromatherapy An A-Z by Patricia Davis
  • The Aromatherapy Bible by Gill Farrer-Halls
  • Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay
  • Subtle Aromatherapy by Patricia Davis
  • Create Your Own Aromatherapy Perfumes: Enchanting Blends for Body and Home by Chrissie Wildwood
  • The Aromatherapy Workshop by Nicole Perez
  • The A to Z of Essential Oils – What They Are Where They Come From How They Work by E Joy Bowles
  • Aromatree – a holistic guide to understanding and using aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia

Business Studies

  • A Guide to Starting Your Own Complementary Therapy Practice by Elaine M Aldred
  • Healthy Business by Madeleine Harland & Glen Finn    
  • Marketing Your Complementary Therapy Practice (4th edition) by Steven A. Harold
  • The Business Plan Workbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating and Developing a Successful Business (9th edition) by Colin Barrow, Paul Barrow & Robert Brown
  • The Small Business Start-Up Workbook: A Step by Step Guide to Starting the Business You Dreamed Of by Cheryl D Rickman and Dame Anita Roddick


  • Massage: A Step-by-step Approach to the Healing Art of Touch (The Complete Illustrated Guide to) by Stewart Mitchell
  • Massage for Common Ailments by Sara Thomas
  • The Complete Book of Massage by Clare Maxwell-Hudson

Can my book be listed? If you would like your book to be included in this list please submit your book for review and follow the procedure as specified here.