I must point out some inaccuracies in the book.
On page 326 the authors talk about shiatsu, and they don't seem to know what they are talking about.
They mention Tokujiro Namikoshi as the creator or developer of shiatsu, which is correct, and a bit later they say that shiatsu is based on yin/yang concepts.
For their information, Mr Namikoshi NEVER mentioned yin/yang in all his life or in his writings.
That was done by one of his students 50 years after he had opened his first shiatsu school.
They also say that shiatsu might be dangerous for people who are at risk of suffering a stroke.
This is absolutely true. ANY type of massage - or even going for a run - might trigger the stroke.
However, the implication in the book is that Western Massage is not dangerous, which again is totally untrue.
They claim that shiatsu can hurt people with osteoporosis.
I wrote to Dr Singh asking where they got that information from.
Any scientific studies? Someone mentioned it? Or did they just make it up?
I didn't get a reply. I didn't expect one either. After all, who am I?
And finally, they also mention that there aren't enough clinical trials of shiatsu.
I agreed, but explained that this is because hospitals and research centres don't let us do them.
I challenged them to set up a clinical trial with shiatsu for people with osteoporosis.
I'd gladly participate in such a trial.
This is only from one page in the book. I wonder how many other things they have made up and not researched properly.
Scientific book? Hardly.
Who were the reviewers who wrote the following?
Fearless, intelligent and remorselessly rational (rational?)
- Sunday Times
The authors' combined strengths shine through. The examination of the evidence is comprehensive [and] forensic ... (evidence?)
A definitive - if controversial - guide to what works, and what doesn't. It makes indispensable, if sometimes alarming, reading (definitive?)
- Daily Mail
A shiatsu practitioner who believes he knows what he's talking about and does his research when writing about something.