TouchAbilities: Essential Connections / Edition 1

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TouchAbilities: Essential Connections, is a trailblazing work that examines the core characteristics of the many BodyWork modalities practiced today. It presents a common language for all BodyWork practitioners. Using simple and practical examples, the book navigates the reader through universal and recurring concepts and techniques that are represented in various schools of thought. As an introductory guide, it distills all major BodyWork techniques into a familiar palette of touch options from which modalities can be created and developed.

TouchAbilities takes a unique approach to the universal and recurring concepts and techniques that are represented in the various schools of massage therapy. This guide offers a unified theory of body work techniques that will help users develop essential skills necessary to this field. With the use of engaging illustrations, and multidimensional content, this integral and informative book will change the way touch is taught, learned and perceived.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"TouchAbilities is a great, comprehensive model for teaching the essentials and nuances of touch- related therapies to students." - Mark Beck Author of Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage

"I like the concept and the effort to distill common bodywork principles, techniques, etc. into one working language. It is refreshing to read about similarities instead of differences for a change." - Rose Griscom Director, Institute of Thai Massage, New Jersey

"The book is clear, concise and holds onto important tenets about the mind/body connection." - Elaine Stillerman Author of Mother Massage and Encyclopedia of Bodywork

"It has a friendly tone, and the information is clear and engaging. I particularly enjoyed the flow of topic descriptions to intentions to practitioner's actions… I think this would be a great book in a survey class as well as a basic massage class." - Cherie Sohnen-Moe Author of Business Mastery and The Ethics of Touch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418048334
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/12/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris Burman, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B. is Co-Founder, Owner, and the Director of Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida since 1981 (one of approximately 80 COMTA accredited massage schools in the United States out of approximately 1,300 available programs). Iris was on the committee that developed COMTA (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation) and served as a founding member of the COMTA commission during its beginning years. She was on the executive committee of the AMTA Council of Schools for four years and received a distinguished service award from the Massage Therapy Foundation for her service as a pioneer member of the advisory committee for the AMTA Foundation. Iris, a practicing BodyWorker for nearly 30 years and an educator for more than 24 years, has studied many modalities and achieved certifications in Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Trager Approach and Neuromuscular Therapy. Her background includes training in Psychology and Gestalt Therapy.

Sandy Friedland, L.M.T., has been in the field since 1987 and has taught at Educating Hands School of Massage since 1991. She and Iris are contributing authors to the recently published book, Principles and Practices of Manual Therapeutics, part of a series of medical guides that focuses on complementary and alternative medicine. They also designed and co-teach a BodyWork Mastery Course which specifically focuses on developing and refining a practitionerÂżs unique touch signature. A co-creator of TouchAbilities, the innovative and fundamental paradigm for teaching touch, Sandy also developed and teaches the aquatic BodyWork modality, Multi-Dimensional Movements Arts. Her work and teaching explores the mystery of the body and reflects an education in anthropology, philosophy and psychology, as well as training in modalities such as Craniosacral Therapy, Connective Tissue Unwinding, Polarity, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Trager and Oriental Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Sandy Fritz Preface About the Authors Contributor Page Navigating Through This Book PART I: TouchAbilities Fundamentals Chapter 1: BodyViews Chapter 2: Historical Development Chapter 3: TouchAbilities Essential Connections Chapter 4: Presence - Jack Blackburn Chapter 5: Body Mechanics Chapter 6: Ergonomics - Linda Riach PART II: TouchAbilities Components Chapter 7: Breathing Component Chapter 8: Cognitive Component Chapter 9: Energetic Component Chapter 10: Compression Component Chapter 11: Expansion Component Chapter 12: Kinetic Component Chapter 13: Oscillation Component Chapter 14: Gliding Component PART III: Sensory Experience Chapter 15: Palpation Chapter 16: SenseAbilities PART IV: Basic Understandings Chapter 17: Effects of BodyWork - Richard Schekter Chapter 18: Indications and Contraindications - Richard Schekter Chapter 19: Endangerment Sites - Richard Schekter Chapter 20: Practice Errors Part V: Becoming an Integrated BodyWorker Chapter 21: Putting it all into Practice Chapter 22: Attaining Mastery Chapter 23: Linking TouchAbilities to Modalities Conclusion Practitioners Actions Research Citations References Glossary Index
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