Pearson's Massage Therapy: Blending Art with Science / Edition 1

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Pearson's Massage Therapy: Blending Art with Science covers the wide variety of massage therapy competencies. The book's title reflects the fact that successful massage therapists excel at blending the art and science of massage. Broad in scope, this book covers a multitude of massage techniques to what it takes to get started in a successful massage therapy career. Practice Sequences are step-by-step suggested applications of the techniques described in the book. These sections can be used as starting points for mastering the techniques and coming up with routines that work best for each student. Each Practice Sequence is demonstrated in full, vibrant detail on the DVD that accompanies this book. Each chapter begins with a consistent set of features that help readers set their goals: Chapter Outline provides an organized overview of the material to be covered. Learning Outcomes points readers toward intended goals. Key Terms identifies essential words and concepts. Massage in Action points readers to the appropriate video content on the DVD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132296687
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/25/2010
  • Series: MyHealthProfessionsKit Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Massage Therapy Profession

Chapter 2 The History of Massage as a Vocation

Chapter 3 Professional and Personal Development

Chapter 4 Physical Skills, Fitness, and Self-Care for the Massage Therapist

Chapter 5 Ethics and the Therapeutic Relationship

Chapter 6 Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, and Kinesiology

Part II Knowledge and Planning for Massage Sessions

Chapter 7 Effects of Massage

Chapter 8 Clinical Applications of Massage

Chapter 9 Endangerment Sites, Contraindications, and Cautions

Chapter 10 Goal-Oriented Planning and Documentation

Part III Basic Massage guidelines and Applications

Chapter 11 Hygiene, Equipment, and Environment

Chapter 12 Body Mechanics, Table Skills, and Application Guidelines

Chapter 13 Western Massage Techniques

Chapter 14 Full-Body Massage Sequence

Chapter 15 Seated Massage

Part IV Adjunct Therapies and Special Applications

Chapter 16 Hydrotherapy and Temperature Therapies

Chapter 17 Spa Applications

Chapter 18 Contemporary Massage and Bodywork

Chapter 19 Eastern Bodywork

Chapter 20 Special Populations and Adaptations

Part V Career and Practice Development

Chapter 21 Career Plans and Employment

Chapter 22 Private Practice and Finances

Chapter 23 Business Ethics


A 25 Forms of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

B Personal Care and Health Professionals

C Organizations and Publications

D Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Massage Therapists

E Goal-Oriented Planning

F Performance Evaluation Forms

G Intake and Health History Forms

H References and Additional Resources

Interactive Glossary


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