Straightforward and easy to use, Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice, Third Edition gives you everything you need to understand the concepts of massage therapy, prepare for certification exams, and apply your knowledge to therapeutic practice! This thoroughly revised edition is heavily illustrated and features complete coverage of the widest range of modalities and massage topics in one book, making it the foundation for your massage therapy success!: Simple, straightforward coverage gives you the right amount of detail for clear understanding. A complete anatomy and physiology section provides essential background information you'll need throughout your studies and in therapeutic practice. Muscle charts with all-new illustrations present musculoskeletal anatomy with full-color clarity for easy identification. New case studies promote critical thinking and help you understand how to apply concepts to real-world scenarios. New chapters on Pregnancy and Infant Massage and Foot Reflexology address unique therapies you can incorporate into your practice. New Reproductive System chapter ensures complete coverage of human anatomy. Expanded information on treatment of special populations, spa therapy, Eastern therapies, and pathological coverage keeps you up to date with the latest information in these growing areas. Enhanced Evolve resources include video case studies, content updates, activities, and a new NCE practice test to provide you with opportunities to learn more and prepare for certification.
Plus, see massage techniques and procedures brought to life with the enclosed companion DVD!: Video of massage techniques and routines demonstrates fundamental procedures withnarration for easy-to-follow instruction. Client interaction sequences show you how to conduct client interviews and plan treatment accordingly. Anatomy and physiology animations familiarize you with anatomical structures and physiological functions.
The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some two-color illustrations.
1 A Historical Perspective of Message 3 2 Professional Standards, Boundaries, and the Therapeutic Relationship 17 3 Tools of the Trade and the Massage Environment 43 4 Health, Hygiene, Sanitation, and Safety Standards 69 5 Massage Physiology: Effects, Indications, Contraindications, and Endangerment Sites 85 6 The Science of Body and Table Mechanics 107 7 Swedish Massage Movements and Swedish Gymnastics 147 8 Client Intake, Assessment, and Documentation 199 9 Adaptive Massage and Client Management Issues 231 10 Putting it all Together 255 11 Introduction to the Human Body: Cells, Tissues, and the Body Compass 269 12 Integumentary System 295 13 Skeletal System 317 14 Skeletal Nomenclature 341 15 Muscular System 387 16 Muscular Nomenclature and Kinesiology 409 17 Nervous System 481 18 Endocrine Glands and Hormones 519 19 Circulatory System 537 20 Respiratory System 565 21 Digestive System 581 22 Urinary System 599 23 Hydrotherapy and Spa Applications 615 24 Clinical Application of Massage Therapy 641 25 Seated Massage 675 26 Asian Bodywork Therapy: Shiatsu 689 27 The Business of Massage 725 App. A Reflexology 757 App. B Major Chakra Centers 759 App. C: Business Forms 761 Glossary 765