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This best-selling text teaches students and practitioners the essentials of body mechanics they need to know in order to care for themselves while practicing massage therapy. The text is written in a practical, playful, and friendly manner and integrates kinesthetic, cognitive, and environmental elements.
Featuring over 200 full-color illustrations, this edition builds on the Second Edition by assisting manual therapists in becoming involved in developing a self-care strategy. Each chapter starts with a brief narrative explanation of a movement, followed by hands-on exercises, self-observation exercises, self-care and injury prevention tips, and client education tips. Appendices discuss successful body mechanics for spa therapy, transferring clients, and floor work, and present troubleshooting and preventive strategies for common repetitive stress injuries.
A companion Website offers fully searchable online text and video clips that demonstrate proper technique.
Chapter 1 Developing Body Awareness
Chapter 2 Preparing Your Environment for Healthful Work
Chapter 3 Preparing Your Body and Mind for Healthful Work
Chapter 4 Protecting and Using the Tools of Your Trade
Chapter 5 Standing
Chapter 6 Sitting
Chapter 7 Bending
Chapter 8 Lifting
Chapter 9 Pushing and Pulling
Chapter 10 Applying Deep Pressure
Appendix A Adjusting Your Body Mechanics for Spa Therapy
Appendix B Working with Hand-Held Tools
Appendix C Maintaining Flexibility and Strength
Appendix D Suggested Readings