Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques

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North Atlantic Books, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 263 pages

Featuring more than 250 photographs and 50 anatomical drawings, this revised edition of Deep Tissue Massage is the standard guide to the essentials of touch, biomechanics, and positioning options for a multitude of strategies to treat all major conditions encountered in a bodywork practice. The book is divided into three sections. "Fundamentals" covers basic skills of palpation, explaining the deeper layers of the body and presenting detailed instruction on working with these layers to release tension. This section gives clear information on the proper use of knuckles, fist, forearms, and elbows in preventing injury to the therapist. "Strategies" offers more precise protocols and treatment plans for the entire body with emphasis on client positioning options to stretch muscles rather than just kneading tissues. "Caveats" details areas in which the practitioner needs to exercise caution. Deep Tissue Massage presents a wealth of information in a way the therapist can immediately utilize. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and includes a preface to the new edition, a foreword, an index, a Suggested Reading list, and extended sections on integrating deep-tissue massage into bodywork practice and the psychology of treating injuries.

 

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Contents

Introduction l
1
Front
13
Chapter One General Theories
15
Figure 11 SelfPalpation of the Cervicals
22
Figure 543
27
Figure 16 Decompressing a Joint
29
Figure I15 How Fiber Restrictions Impede Proper Lengthening
35
Chapler Two General Techniques
39
Working with the Neck i2lo
120
Figure 397 Anatomy of the Major Neck Muscles
122
Figure 3ro5 Anatomy of the Scalene Muscles
128
Figure 3113 Working with the Forehead
134
Figure 3114 Anatomy of the Temporalis Muscle
135
Figure 3125 Grabbing and Lifting the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle
141
Chapter Four Your Role in looking out for the Health of Your Clients
143
Figure 41 Improperly Rising from a Chair
147

Figure 22 Compromised Wrist Mechanics When Using Thumbs
41
Figure 216 Improper Use of the Fist
47
Figure 228 Stretching the Teres MusclesSupine
53
Figure 235 SideLying Hip Work
57
Chapler Three Specific Strategies
61
Anterior
68
Figure 317 Anatomy of the Soleus Muscle
70
Working with the Upper Leg
76
Working with the Pelvis
82
Figure 346 Fist Work with the Quadratus Lumborum Muscle
88
Working with the Abdomen
89
Figure 355 Grabbing the Ribs
93
Working with the Upper and MidBack
95
Figure 362 Anatomy of the Serratus Anterior
99
Working with the Shoulder Girdle and Chest
103
Figure 37c Anatomy of the Pectoralis Major Muscle Stretched
106
Figure 38o Anatomy of the Teres Minor Muscle
113
Figure 384 SideLying Technique for the Lateral Scapula
115
Chapter Five Therapeutic Strategies for Addressing
155
The Ankle
171
Figure 51 Releasing the Anterior Leg and Calf Muscles
173
Plantar Fasciaitis
178
Figure 513 Xray and Photograph of Poor Patellar Tracking
179
Figure 535 Seated Hamstring Stretch
192
Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow
193
Ideal Internal Rotation of the Humerus
210
Client Intake Form
216
Chapler Six Planning Your Session
219
Active Versus Passive Movements
228
Chapter Seven Fulfillment Through a Thriving Practice
237
The Realities of Entering the Bodywork Profession
242
Suggested Reading
249
Index
257
About the Author
263
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Art Riggs is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and massage therapist who has taught bodywork since 1988. A frequent conductor of workshops for medical professionals, including physical therapists, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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