Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice

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Saunders, 2003 - Medical - 826 pages
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This text provides comprehensive information on the theory and practice of massage therapy, successfully fusing the anatomical sciences with hands-on techniques. It covers Swedish massage techniques, in addition to clinical massage, Asian bodywork techniques, spa techniques, seated massage, and adaptations for special populations - addressing history, equipment, hygiene and sanitation, technique, contraindications, communication and client management, alternative therapies, and business. An entire unit on anatomy and physiology reinforces a general understanding of anatomical science while focusing on practical information that is most important to the massage practitioner, such as specific benefits, contraindications, touch research, and adaptations of massage to each individual body system. Extensive pedagogy includes chapter objectives, famous quotations, chapter self-tests, mini-labs, notes from the author, FYI boxes, biographies, and other special boxes. Interactive skill building activities encourage readers not just to read but to think about, experience, and discuss topics, as well as write about their goals and aspirations.

  • Anatomy & Physiology unit includes over 100 pathologies with massage implications and a master index for cross-reference in an appendix at the back of the book.
  • The Hydrotherapy chapter covers over 30 spa applications, essential for the large number of massage therapists who work in spa settings.
  • Extensively illustrated text features over 600 full-color photos and line drawings.
  • Unique anatomy and physiology unit provides all information on the subject necessary for the National Certification Exam, eliminating the need for supplemental texts.
  • Extensive discussions of cancer are provided, based on new research findings.
  • A helpful table of massage movements and their variations features over 90 illustrative photos.
  • Mini-lab skill building activities, designed so that left-brain and right-brain techniques reinforce each other and enhance the learning process by stimulating creativity and imagination.
  • Biographical sketches feature biographies and candid interviews with many of the pioneers of massage therapy, both past and present.
  • Self-tests at the end of each chapter assist in self-assessment and help students study for and take tests.
  • Tables, charts, and checklists make the book more than an instructional text; it doubles as a practical reference for practicing therapists.
  • Insightful, thought-provoking quotations throughout the book inspire readers emotionally and spiritually.

  • New, colorful format, with illustrations, photos, and attractive full-color design makes the book more visually appealing.
  • Anatomical drawings are enlarged and enhanced to show clear detail.
  • A new chapter on Asian bodywork assists Western-based learners in understanding Eastern philosophy and techniques - a key content element on the National Certification Exam.
  • A new chapter on spa technologies, currently a hot topic in massage, makes practitioners more marketable.
  • A new chapter on clinical application of massage features common injuries and pathologies, symptoms, causes, and suggested techniques for treatment.
  • A business chapter includes new information on accounting, investing, and planning for retirement.

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History Standards Boundaries Equipment and Environment
A Historical Perspective of Massage 3
Professional Standards Boundaries and the Therapeutic Relationship 17

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