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Massage Mastery

From Student to Professional
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March 2, 2012
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    This comprehensive introductory massage text is organized into 24 chapters that cover the key areas addressed in massage programs of 500 to 1200 hours in length. Topics inside the chapters are structured to allow for manageable reading assignments that build a student’s sense of accomplishment and motivation. Written and designed for today's adult learner, the book offers a broad discussion of foundation massage with appropriate depth for a beginning student progressing to an entry-level professional. It also contains new topics that are necessary to prepare today’s adult learners for successful massage careers. (Note: It does not cover anatomy and physiology, as A&P is best thoroughly covered in a separate textbook.) A helpful appendix on health care terminology, a comprehensive massage glossary, and a robust set of ancillary materials complete the package. The companion Study Guide contains topic-specific Rubrics, Learning Contracts, and a variety of exercises and activities for students. 
  • Specs
    Product Format
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    10.875 x 8.375
    LWW Massage Therapy and Bodywork Educational Series
    Publication Date
    March 2, 2012
  • About The Author(s)
    Anne Williams BFA
    Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Evergreen, CO
  • Features

    Massage Mastery: From Student to Professional presents the theory (why) and practice (how) of massage therapy in an engaging, accessible way for today’s adult and young-adult learners. Chapters are organized into manageable Topics that facilitate incorporation into any massage curriculum.

    The text has many features that support student academic success as well as inspiration for their new careers.
    ·         Chapter-opening key terms, learning objectives, and mind maps orient the student to the material in the chapter.
    ·         Unique illustrations, charts and graphs illuminate theoretical content in a colorful and visually instructive way.
    ·         Technique Boxes provide step-by-step instructions illustrated by beautiful, clearly labeled photographs. A list of the techniques appears in the frontmatter.
    ·         Concept Briefs placed throughout the text distill complex concepts into understandable bits of information
    ·         Massage Fusion Section at the end of chapters includes several components that assist today’s learners to fully integrate theory and technique:
    o    Study Tips provide useful hints for maximizing learning benefits as well as efficient use of study time.
    o    Massage Inspiration presents activities and exercises that encourage students to have fun and enjoy the process of becoming a therapist.  
    o    It’s True! highlights massage research relevant to specific chapter topics.
    o    Chapter Wrap Up encourages students to keep learning. Students are reminded of how far they have come, and what they are now ready to learn in subsequent chapters. 
    Free! Online Study Guide provides the following:
    ·         Quizzes and Case Studies help students enhance their understanding of the concepts
    ·         Learning Contracts and Rubrics encourage students to plan and gauge their progress in the course
  • Table of contents

    Part I: Theory-Focused Topics


    1. Massage from Past to Present
      1. Topic 1-1: The History of Massage
      2. Topic 1-2: Overview of Techniques, Systems, and Approaches
      3. Topic 1-3: Contemporary American Massage


      1. Massage Equipment and Environmental Considerations
        1. Topic 2-1: Massage Equipment
        2. Topic 2-2: Lubricants
        3. Topic 2-3: Creating a Comfortable Massage Environment


        1. Sanitation, Hygiene, and Safety
          1. Topic 3-1: Disease
          2. Topic 3-2: Preventing the Transmission of Disease
          3. Topic 3-3: Universal Precautions
          4. Topic 3-4: The Safety Plan


          1. The Therapeutic Nature of Massage
            1. Topic 4-1: Evidenced-Based Massage
            2. Topic 4-2: Massage Effects and Benefits
            3. Topic 4-3: Massage Indications
            4. Topic 4-4: Understanding Stress and Wellness


            1. Massage Cautions & Contraindications
              1. Topic 5-1: Areas of Caution
              2. Topic 5-2: Medications and Massage
              3. Topic 5-3: Massage Contraindications


              1. Ethics & the Law
                1. Topic 6-1: Ethics
                2. Topic 6-2: Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
                3. Topic 6-3: Massage Law




                1. The Therapeutic Relationship
                  1. Topic 7-1: The Power of Touch
                  2. Topic 7-2: Psychological Factors in the Therapeutic Relationship
                  3. Topic 7-3: Boundaries and the Therapeutic Relationship
                  4. Topic 7-4: Bodymind Factors in a Therapeutic Relationship
                  5. Topic 7-5: Managing Emotions in the Therapeutic Relationship


                  1. Professional Communication
                    1. Topic 8-1: Core Concepts in Communication
                    2. Topic 8-2: Communication Blockers
                    3. Topic 8-3: Active Communication
                    4. Topic 8-4: Conflict Resolution


                    1. Your Massage Career
                      1. Topic 9-1: Your Career Plan 
                      2. Topic 9-2: Work as an Employee 
                      3. Topic 9-3: Starting a Private Practice 




                      1. Foundation Skills for Therapeutic Massage
                        1. Topic 10-1: Overview of a Wellness Massage Session
                        2. Topic 10-2: Positioning
                        3. Topic 10-3: Draping
                        4. Topic 10-4: Opening and Closing the Massage


                        1. Body Mechanics and Self Care
                          1. Topic 11-1: Prepare for the Demands of a Massage Career
                          2. Topic 11-2: Good Body Mechanics
                          3. Topic 11-3: Self-Care on the Job


                          1. Assessment, Treatment Planning, and Documentation for Wellness Massage
                            1. Topic 12-1: Assessment for a Wellness Session
                            2. Topic 12-2: Palpation
                            3. Topic 12-3: Session Planning for Wellness Massage
                            4. Topic 12-4: Introduction to Documentation


                            1. Swedish Massage Techniques
                              1. Topic 13-1: Effleurage
                              2. Topic 13-2: Petrissage
                              3. Topic 13-3: Friction
                              4. Topic 13-4: Vibration
                              5. Topic 13-5: Tapotement
                              6. Topic 13-6: Joint Movements
                              7. Topic 13-7: Putting it all Together


                              1. Seated Massage
                                1. Topic 14-1: Introduction to Seated Massage 
                                2. Topic 14-2: Seated Massage Techniques


                                1. Spa Therapies and Other Approaches
                                  1. Topic 15-1: Spa Therapies 
                                  2. Topic 15-2: Aromatherapy
                                  3. Topic 15-3: Reflexology
                                  4. Topic 15-4: Stone Massage


                                  1. Hydrotherapy
                                    1. Topic 16-1: Introduction to Hydrotherapy 
                                    2. Topic 16-2: Hydrotherapy Benefits and Effects 
                                    3. Topic 16-3: Hydrotherapy Applications 


                                    1. Eastern Approaches
                                      1. Topic 17-1: Asian Bodywork Therapies
                                      2. Topic 17-3: Ayurvedic Bodywork


                                      1. Energetic Approaches
                                        1. Topic 18-1: Key Concepts in Energy Medicine
                                        2. Topic 18-2: Reiki
                                        3. Topic 18-3: Polarity Therapy
                                        4. Topic 18-4: Therapeutic Touch


                                        1. Assessment, Treatment Planning, and Documentation for Healthcare Massage
                                          1. Topic 19-1: Healthcare Sessions and the Intake Process
                                          2. Topic 19-2: Pain Assessment
                                          3. Topic 19-3: Posture and Gait Assessment
                                          4. Topic 19-4: Range-of-Motion Assessment
                                          5. Topic 19-5: Treatment Planning for Healthcare Massage


                                          1. Myofascial and Deep Tissue Approaches
                                            1. Topic 20-1: Myofascia
                                            2. Topic 20-2: Myofascial Techniques
                                            3. Topic 20-3: Deep Tissue Approaches


                                            1. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Approaches
                                              1. Topic 21-1: Key Concepts in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Approaches
                                              2. Topic 21-2: Neuromuscular Therapy


                                              1.  Musculoskeletal Injury and Massage 
                                                1. Topic 22-1: Factors in Musculoskeletal Injury
                                                2. Topic 22-2: The Inflammatory Response
                                                3. Topic 22-3: Understanding Common Musculoskeletal Injuries


                                                1. Massage for Chronic Pain Conditions and Selected Pathologies
                                                  1. Topic 23-1: Understanding Pain
                                                  2. Topic 23-2: Fibromyalgia
                                                  3. Topic 23-3: Rheumatoid Arthritis 
                                                  4. Topic 23-4: Osteoarthritis
                                                  5. Topic 23-5: Headaches
                                                  6. Topic 23-6: Cancer
                                                  7. Topic 23-7: HIV/AIDS


                                                  1. Massage for Special Populations
                                                    1. Topic 24-1: Massage for Athletes
                                                    2. Topic 24-2: Massage for Mother and Infants
                                                    3. Topic 24-3: Massage for Older Adults
                                                    4. Topic 24-4: Massage for Obesity
                                                    5. Topic 24-5: Massage for People with Disabilities
                                                    6. Topic 24-6: Massage for End-of-Life Care


                                                    Appendix A: Health Care Terminology

                                                    Appendix B: References




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