Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage

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Pearson Education, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 750 pages
Comprehensive and easy-to-read, this newly updated edition focuses on the essential information needed to start a career as a massage professional. Readers will gain an understanding of the body and its functions and learn massage techniques and therapeutic skills, including specialized massage such as prenatal massage, massage during labor, lymph massage, neuromuscular therapy, reflexology, and more. Skills for client-therapist relations, communications, and promotions complete this well-rounded text to ensure a successful massage business. Recognized as a recommended resource by the National Certification Board for Massage and Bodywork, Milady's Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage features over 700 richly illustrated drawings and updated and expanded anatomy tables.ALSO AVAILABLE - Please call Milady Customer Support to order: Course Management Guide ISBN: 1-56253-406-8

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5Human Anatomy and Physiology
Section Questions for Discussion and Review
The Structure of the Human Body
Section Questions for Discussion and Review
2 Types of Joints Based on Functional
The Muscular System
Massage Practice 239
Procedure for Professional Body Massage 400
Therapeutic Procedure 445
Questions for Discussion and Review 454
Chest and Back Massage 468
Introduction 473
Cryotherapy 480
Swedish Shampoo 490
Relaxing Neutral Tub Bath 496

Conditions Generally Relieved by Massage 247
Massage for the Critically Ill 257
Questions for Discussion and Review 263
8Sanitary and Safety Practices 277
1 Approved Chemicals 286
9The Consultation 293
Body Diagrams 2 99
Questions for Discussion and Review 305
Percussion Movements 328
Rhythm and Pressure in Massage 334
Professional Rules to Remember 350
Positioning the Client On the Massage Table 356
Contact with the Client and Quality of Touch 377
16AthleticSports Massage 521
Applications for Athletic Massage 531
Contraindications 542
StepByStep Procedure for Athletic Massage 550
Introduction 556
Deep Tissue Massage 564
Muscle Energy Technique 571
Energetic Manipulation 578
Stress Therapy and Relaxation Massage 590
Questions for Discussion and Review 596
Types of Strengthening Exercises 602
Massage Business Administration 639

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Mark Beck began his massage career in 1974 after completing a massage apprenticeship under the guidance of Bob Rogers. He completed a program to become a holistic practitioner in 1979 and has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education classes. Mark owned and directed two massage schools and remains active in state and national professional massage organizations. Most recently he was an inaugural board member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Educators (2010-2014). He holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education with an emphasis in massage therapy from the University of Idaho. Mark developed the Structural Muscular Balancing Seminars and is coauthor of the Structural Muscular Balancing Manual. Because of a spinal cord injury in 1990, Mark retired from the practice of massage therapy but continues to be an advocate for excellence in massage education.

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