Nancy Dail, Licensed Massage Therapist and founder/owner of the Downeast School of Massage of Waldoboro, has donated a copy of her textbook “Kinesiology for Manual Therapies.” Published by McGraw-Hill in January, the entire project took Dail, as lead author, four years to complete along with two co-authors.

Although Dail wrote the text for massage therapy students, the industry and all manual therapies, she said it can also be used as a good reference text for the general public.

“My hope is that the public will use this text to help themselves gain a better understanding of their anatomy and soft-tissue structures. Education of the human body should be available at local libraries so individuals can access information to be better involved and invested in their choices in holistic healthcare,” she said.

Dail’s book is divided into chapters that give a close anatomical look at each major joint of the body. The organization of the book is two-fold. It presents a chapter on structure and anatomy of joints and muscles for a particular area, followed by a chapter that teaches Dail’s philosophical approach of Dimensional Massage, specific techniques of massage for musculoskeletal areas. The massage chapters also introduce soft-tissue problems from posture and repetitive actions to tension headaches.

Dail, who lives in Waldoboro, is a past-president of the Waldoboro Business Association, teaches at DSM, has a massage practice at the school specializing in soft tissue problems and presents workshops internationally. Her book is available for sale online at

“The Waldoboro Library is a great resource for our community. I love being able to support education on a community level,” said Dail.

The public is invited to review the text at the library during its regular working hours. For more information, call the library at 832-4484 or visit

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