Tappan's Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques / Edition 5

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This pioneering book in massage therapy provides basic information on the art and science of effective healing massage techniques in quick-learn, easy-to-understand terms. Whether you're a licensed massage therapy practitioner, health related professional, or just interested in basic massage therapy techniques, this is the book for you! The authors carefully examine the foundations of healing massage, western massage techniques, contemporary massage including myofascial techniques, trigger points, lymphatic drainage massage, foot reflexology, Asian bodywork therapy and applications of massage. New to the fifth edition are Practice Sequences that are step-by-step suggested example applications of the techniques described in the book. Each Practice Sequence is demonstrated in full, vibrant detail on the DVD that accompanies this text. So that readers can track their progress, the DVD, as well as Appendix D, provides Performance Evaluation Forms for every Practice Sequence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135142233
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 387,162
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia J. Benjamin, PhD, NCTMB, is a licensed massage

therapist, educator, author, and appreciative massage and

bodywork client. She has a deep respect for massage therapy

as an art, science, and wellness practice. She has studied

its traditions and watches for trends in the massage

therapy profession today.

Building on her earlier background in sports and fitness,

Dr. Benjamin graduated from the Chicago School of

Massage Therapy in the mid-1980s. She was drawn to massage

as an active, hands-on therapy whose foundations

dovetail with her former career in health, physical education,

and recreation.After having a full-time massage therapy

practice, she gravitated back to education, first as an

association education director, and then as a teacher and

massage school administrator. Over the years, she has

served on various committees involved in the development

of ethical standards and national certification for massage

therapists, and the accreditation of massage programs.

Dr. Benjamin has taught at the high school and college

levels, and enjoys developing curriculum materials for the

career-oriented courses offered in vocational programs.

She holds master’s and advanced study degrees in education

with a specialty in curriculum development from

Northern Illinois University. A doctorate in recreation

and leisure studies from Purdue University has deepened

her appreciation of the many facets of wellness and

grounded her in a variety of research methods.

Frances M.Tappan approached Patricia Benjamin to

join her as coauthor of Healing Massage Techniques for its

3rd edition (1998). Since Dr.Tappan’s passing in 1999,

Dr. Benjamin has continued to update and improve

Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques, and it

remains a standard in the field today. Dr. Benjamin

authored Professional Foundations for Massage Therapists

(2009) as a resource for students to learn about the profession,

its history, varied competencies, ethics, and business


In her leisure time, Dr. Benjamin enjoys reading historical

fiction and nonfiction, gardening, tai chi and qi

gong, Zen archery, and swimming. Her outdoor pursuits

include hiking, canoeing, and a new interest in birding.

She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents


Brief Contents

Part I Foundations

Chapter 1 Healing Massage–A Wellness Perspective

Chapter 2 A History of Massage

Chapter 3 The Effects and Benefits of Massage

Chapter 4 Clinical Applications of Massage

Chapter 5 Endangerment Sites, Contraindications, Cautions

Chapter 6 Guidelines for Giving Massage

Part II Western Massage

Chapter 7 Western Massage Techniques

Chapter 8 Joint Movements

Chapter 9 Full-Body Western Massage

Chapter 10 Regional Applications of Massage–Upper Body

Chapter 11 Regional Applications of Massage–Lower Body

Chapter 12 Hydrotherapy/Thermal Therapy

Part III Contemporary Massage and bodywork

Chapter 13 Myofascial Massage

Chapter 14 Trigger Point Therapy

Chapter 15 Lymphatic Facilitation

Chapter 16 Reflexology

Chapter 17 Polarity Therapy

Part IV Forms of Asian Bodywork

Chapter 18 Asian Bodywork Therapy–Theory

Chapter 19 Acupressure Massage Integration

Chapter 20 Qi Gong for Self-Care

Part V Special Populations

Chapter 21 Sports and Fitness

Chapter 22 Mother and Child

Chapter 23 Healthy Aging

Chapter 24 Terminally Ill and Dying

Chapter 25 Seated Massage in the Workplace


Appendix A 25 Forms of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Appendix B Organizations and Publications

Appendix C Massage Licensing Laws in North America

Appendix D Performance Evaluation Forms

Appendix E Health History Forms

Appendix F List of Figures and Tables

Appendix G References and Additional Resources

Interactive Glossary


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