Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage / Edition 5

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Comprehensive and engaging, this exciting new edition sets itself apart as the original and classic introductory massage text. Now in gorgeous full color and filled with hundreds of photos of procedures and techniques, Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, Fourth Edition, truly is the book to have. This highly respected bestseller covers everything from the history of massage to massage modalities to practical information on how to have a successful, fulfilling career in massage. It provides you with a solid understanding of the body and its functions, including a thorough but uncomplicated chapter on anatomy and physiology. You will learn massage techniques and therapeutic skills, including sports massage, prenatal massage, medical massage, hydrotherapy, lymph massage, massage in a spa setting, and much more. Thoughtfully revised, this is the foundational book for the study of massage therapy.
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"The Beck textbook is filled with an incredible amount of knowledge for the up and coming massage therapist. The real-life photos in the text help to reinforce the lessons in each chapter."

"I was extremely impressed by the quality of this new text and how it encompassed every aspect of massage therapy all 'under one roof'. This is a valuable asset to not only students but for any massage therapist to add to their library as reference tool."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435485242
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/23/2010
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1008
  • Sales rank: 328,280
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark F. Beck has been a massage therapist since 1975 and a massage educator for over 20 years. He has served as a school director and was active in the National Massage School Association (AMTA Council of Schools). He has held several offices in state and national professional associations. Mr. Beck was the owner/director/instructor of Magic Valley Massotherapy Institute from 1980 to 1990 and is currently the owner/director of Cooperative Training Systems (1996 - present). He is recognized as one of the original "thought leaders" in massage education and is the creator/author of Structural Muscular Balancing.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xxiii
About the Author xxv
Contributors & Reviewers xxvi
How to Use Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, 4th edition xxviii
Part I The History and Advancement of Therapeutic Massage
Chapter 1 Historical Overview of Massage 3
Massage in Ancient Times 4
The Development of Modern Massage Techniques 9
The Decline of Massage in the Twentieth Century 11
Contemporary Developments in Massage 11
A Massage Renaissance in the United States 12
Massage Systems 16
Chapter 2 Requirements for the Practice of Therapeutic Massage 21
Scope of Practice 21
Licenses: They Are the Law 26
Educational Requirements 27
Health Requirements for Practitioners 28
Reasons License May Be Revoked, Suspended, or Canceled 28
Certification versus License 28
Chapter 3 Professional Ethics for Massage Practitioners 31
Boundaries 34
The Therapeutic Relationship 38
Ethical Touch 44
Ethical Business Practices 50
Communication Skills 53
Building a Professional Image 54
Your Business Name 55
Part II Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 4 Overview 59
Definition of Anatomy and Physiology 59
Relationship of Anatomy and Physiology to Massage and Bodywork 60
Physiological Changes During Disease 61
The Role of Therapeutic Massage in Stress, Pain, and the Pain-Spasm-Pain Cycle 63
Healing Mechanisms of the Body 64
The Wellness Model 65
Medical and Anatomical Terminology 66
Chapter 5 Human Anatomy and Physiology 71
Levels of Complexity of Living Matter 73
Cells 73
Enzymes 79
Tissues 79
The Anatomical Position of the Body 87
Anatomical Terms and Meanings 88
Body Cavities and Organs 89
The Regions of the Human Body 90
The Structure of the Human Body 91
System 1 The Integumentary System-The Skin 96
System 2 The Skeletal System 111
The Skeleton as a Whole 114
System 3 The Muscular System 131
System 4 The Circulatory System 200
The Lymph-Vascular System 219
Immune System 224
System 5 The Nervous System 234
System 6 The Endocrine System 261
System 7 The Respiratory System 269
System 8 The Digestive system 274
System 9 The Excretory System 279
System 10 The Human Reproductive System 283
Part III Massage Practice
Chapter 6 Effects, Benefits, Indications, and Contraindications of Massage 293
Effects and Benefits of Massage 294
Conditions Generally Relieved by Massage 302
Contraindications for Massage 302
Massage During Pregnancy 310
Massage for the Critically Ill 312
Precautions for Working with HIV-Infected Individuals 313
Massaging People with Cancer 317
Endangerment Sites 331
Chapter 7 Equipment and Products 333
Your Place of Business 334
The Massage Room 336
Chapter 8 Sanitary and Safety Practices 347
Paths of Disease and Infection 348
Maintaining Sanitary Conditions 352
Summary of Precautions 357
Safety Practices and Procedures for Massage Therapists 358
Chapter 9 The Consultation 363
Making the First Appointment 364
The Consultation 364
Explain Procedures and State Policies 366
Determining the Client's Needs and Expectations 368
Intake and Medical History Forms 368
Body Diagrams 370
Preliminary Assessment 371
Develop a Treatment Plan 371
Informed Consent 372
Client Files 373
SOAP Charting 373
Updating Records 376
Chapter 10 Classification of Massage Movements 379
Understanding Massage Movements 381
Description of the Basic Massage Movements 381
Application of Massage Strokes 382
Percussion Movements 402
Joint Movements 404
Rhythm and Pressure in Massage 410
Chapter 11 Application of Massage Technique 413
Building Strength and Flexibility of the Hands 414
Body Mechanics 417
Posture and Stances 419
Exercises for Strength, Balance, and Body Control 421
Professional Rules to Remember 427
Chapter 12 Procedures for Complete Body Massages 429
Preparing the Client for the Massage 430
Assisting the Client on and off the Table 430
Positioning the Client on the Massage Table 431
Draping Procedures 434
Methods of Draping 435
Contact with the Client and Quality of Touch 446
Maintaining Contact with the Client 447
Procedure for a General Body Massage 451
Procedure for Professional Body Massage 467
Chapter 13 Therapeutic Procedure 517
Client Intake for Therapeutic Massage 519
Assessment Techniques 520
Observation 526
Soft Tissue Barriers 532
Palpation Skills 534
Acute and Chronic Conditions 538
Use Assessment Information to Plan Sessions 540
Performance 542
Massage Techniques to Address Soft Tissue Dysfunction 544
Review Outcome in Relation to Intent of Session 552
Chapter 14 Hydrotherapy 555
The Use of Electrical Modalities 555
The Use and Effects of Heat and Cold Applications 556
Application of Heat 557
Cryotherapy 559
Application of Cold 560
Contrast Heat and Cold 564
Hydrotherapy 565
Whirlpool Bath 570
Relaxing Neutral Tub Bath 571
Russian Bath 572
Chapter 15 Massage in the Spa Setting, by Steve Capellini 575
A Brief History of Spa 577
Massage in the Spa Industry-Forming Realistic Expectations 585
Massage Practice in the Spa Setting 586
Spa Massage 591
Stone Massage 595
Spa Modalities 598
Aromatherapy 602
Body Wraps 606
Exfoliation 616
Spa Company Policies and Philosophy 627
Specialized Spa Equipment 628
Customer Service 628
Employment Opportunities in the Spa Industry 633
Advancing Your Spa Career 636
Conclusion 639
Chapter 16 Athletic/Sports Massage 641
Purpose of Athletic Massage 642
Applications for Athletic Massage 650
Contraindications 662
General Problem Areas and Suggested Massage 662
General Procedure for Pre- or Post-Event Massage 669
Chapter 17 Massage in Medicine 677
Massage in Medicine Throughout History 677
Alternative and Complementary Medicine 679
Chiropractic and Massage 683
Integrative Medicine 684
Hospital-Based Massage 687
Massage as a Therapeutic Aid in Nursing Practice 689
Massage as Medicine 691
Insurance Reimbursement for Massage 693
Summary 705
Chapter 18 Other Therapeutic Modalities 709
Prenatal Massage 710
Lymph Massage 713
Procedure for a Lymph Massage 723
Craniosacral Therapy 735
Deep Tissue Massage 737
Neurophysiological Therapies 738
Trigger-Point Therapy 739
Neuromuscular Therapy 747
Muscle Energy Technique 750
Passive Positioning Techniques 759
Incorporating Positional Release Techniques in the Massage Practice 763
Energetic Manipulation 767
Organ Meridians-Yin and Yang 771
Stress Therapy and Relaxation Massage 777
Chair Massage 779
Other Somatic Therapies 782
Part IV Massage Business Administration
Chapter 19 Business Practices 787
Attitude/Self-Image/Public Image 788
Business Planning 789
Beginning in Business 790
Types of Business Operations 793
Start-Up Costs and Needs 795
Business Location 796
Buying an Established Business 797
Licenses and Permits 797
Protecting Your Business 798
Planning the Physical Layout of a Business 799
Office Management 801
Business Ethics for the Massage Practitioner 801
Setting Your Fees 802
Your Business Telephone 803
Basics of Bookkeeping 804
Marketing 819
Business Law 824
Hiring Employees 825
Checklist 826
Bibliography 829
Appendix I Basic Pharmacology for Massage Therapists, by Faye N. Schenkman 833
Appendix II Answers to Questions for Discussion and Review 897
Glossary 927
Index 947
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