Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice / Edition 2

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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.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
REVIEW OF PREVIOUS EDITION:

" This is a respectable text for beginning massage students, and is full of great and interesting information."
- Elizabeth Vazquez, Austin, TX (Amazon.com reviewer)

R. Scott McIver
This text explores the art and science of massage therapy practice from its ancient roots through its present usage in health maintenance and physical medicine and rehabilitation. The majority of the book concentrates on the basic science, practice, and application of massage therapy on body systems. The goal of this textbook is to teach beginning students entering the allied health field of massage therapy through a comprehensive organizational approach. This text is applicable to other allied health professionals who deal in patient care and to those involved in the rehabilitative process. The editor incorporates her practical knowledge and experience as a massage therapist, clinical instructor, and educator to bring a unique approach to content and format. Included in the text are mini-labs and self-tests that combine to give an interactive teaching approach. The approach of interweaving massage technique with anatomical sciences makes this text an exciting teaching tool. The title invites an accepted view of massage as a form of therapy. The book is full of wonderful charts, tables, and checklists that enable the reader to use it as a practical reference guide to this healing art. The artwork and illustration beautifully drawn visually complement this excellent text. This text can be used as a review or reference guide, as well as a teaching source. This type of versatility makes it a wise choice for the future practitioner as well as the practicing massage therapist or allied health professional. The editor's notes and quotations from actual master practitioners create a sense of passion and add a personal effect for those studying the art. The sections on professionalconduct and business practice are informative. This text represents a true accomplishment.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: R. Scott McIver, MS (Pace University)
Description: This text explores the art and science of massage therapy practice from its ancient roots through its present usage in health maintenance and physical medicine and rehabilitation. The majority of the book concentrates on the basic science, practice, and application of massage therapy on body systems.
Purpose: The goal of this textbook is to teach beginning students entering the allied health field of massage therapy through a comprehensive organizational approach.
Audience: This text is applicable to other allied health professionals who deal in patient care and to those involved in the rehabilitative process. The editor incorporates her practical knowledge and experience as a massage therapist, clinical instructor, and educator to bring a unique approach to content and format. Included in the text are mini-labs and self-tests that combine to give an interactive teaching approach.
Features: The approach of interweaving massage technique with anatomical sciences makes this text an exciting teaching tool. The title invites an accepted view of massage as a form of therapy. The book is full of wonderful charts, tables, and checklists that enable the reader to use it as a practical reference guide to this healing art. The artwork and illustration beautifully drawn visually complement this excellent text.
Assessment: This text can be used as a review or reference guide, as well as a teaching source. This type of versatility makes it a wise choice for the future practitioner as well as the practicing massage therapist or allied health professional. The editor's notes and quotations from actual master practitioners create a sense of passion and add a personal effect for those studying the art. The sections on professional conduct and business practice are informative. This text represents a true accomplishment.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721600284
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/17/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 826
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit One: Surveying the Territory: History, Standards, Boundaries, Equipment, and Environment
1. A Historical Perspective of Massage
2. Professional Standards, Boundaries, and the Therapeutic Relationship
3. Tools of the Trade and the Massage Environment
Unit Two: Benefits, Contraindications, Screening, Technique, and Special Considerations for the Massage Practitioner
4. Health, Hygiene, Sanitation, and Safety Standards
5. Massage Physiology – Benefits, Indications, Contraindications, and Endangerment Sites
6. The Science of Body and Table Mechanics
7. Classifying Swedish Massage Movements
8. Client Intake, Assessment, and Documentation
9. Adaptive Massage and Client Management Issues
10. Putting it all Together
Unit Three: Anatomy and Physiology for the Massage Therapist
11. Introduction to the Human Body: Cells, Tissues, and the Body Compass
12. Integumentary System
13. Skeletal System
14. Skeletal Nomenclature
15. Muscular System
16. Muscular Nomenclature and Kinesiology
17. Nervous System
18. Endocrine Glands and Hormones
19. Circulatory and Lymphatic/Immune Systems
20. Respiratory System
21. Digestive System
22. Urinary System
Unit Four: A User's Guide to Complimentary and Adjunctive Therapies
23. Hydrotherapy, and Spa Applications
24. Clinical Massage
25. Seated Massage
26. Asian Bodywork Therapy: Shiatsu
Unit Five: Business Practices
27. The Business of Massage
Appendices
Glossary
Index

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