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Publisher: EMS Publishing
Written by Louise Tucker
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
Pages: 241 pages
Size: 147 MB
Edition: Third Edition July 2013
"An Introductory Guide to Massage, 3rd Edition" is a comprehensive and authoritative textbook that serves as a fundamental resource for individuals interested in the art and science of massage therapy. This definitive guide offers readers a thorough understanding of massage techniques, anatomy, physiology, and essential skills required for competent and effective massage practice.
Key features of the textbook include:
Foundational Knowledge: The book provides foundational knowledge of massage therapy, including its history, principles, and various techniques. Readers gain insights into the origins of massage and its evolution as a therapeutic practice.
Massage Techniques: It covers a wide range of massage techniques, from Swedish massage to deep tissue and sports massage. The book offers detailed instructions on hand movements, pressure application, and body mechanics, ensuring readers acquire the necessary skills for delivering safe and effective massages.
Anatomy and Physiology: Readers receive a comprehensive overview of human anatomy and physiology relevant to massage therapy. The textbook explains the structure and function of muscles, joints, and other body systems, enabling massage practitioners to apply techniques with a solid understanding of the human body.
Client Assessment: The book guides readers through client assessment procedures, including intake interviews, health history evaluation, and postural analysis. It emphasizes the importance of conducting thorough assessments to tailor massages according to individual client needs and health conditions.
Ethical and Professional Considerations: The textbook addresses ethical guidelines and professional conduct in massage therapy. It discusses client confidentiality, boundaries, informed consent, and the ethical responsibilities of massage practitioners, promoting ethical practices and professionalism in the field.
Hygiene and Safety: It emphasizes hygiene and safety protocols in massage practice. Readers learn about proper sanitation, clean equipment usage, and infection control measures to maintain a clean and safe massage environment for clients.
Pathology and Contraindications: The book covers common pathological conditions and contraindications for massage therapy. Readers gain knowledge about conditions that may affect massage treatment decisions, ensuring the safety and well-being of clients with various health concerns.
Hands-on Demonstrations: The textbook includes step-by-step demonstrations and illustrations of massage techniques. Visual aids and detailed descriptions guide readers through the proper execution of massage movements, enhancing their practical skills and technique proficiency.
Client Communication: It provides guidance on effective communication with clients. The book covers active listening, client feedback, and communication skills necessary for building rapport and understanding client preferences and expectations.
Professional Development: The textbook offers insights into professional development opportunities in the field of massage therapy. It discusses continuing education, specialization options, and career paths, empowering readers to pursue ongoing learning and advancement in their massage careers.
"An Introductory Guide to Massage, 3rd Edition" stands as an essential reference for aspiring massage therapists and students in massage therapy programs. It equips readers with the foundational knowledge, practical skills, and ethical principles needed to embark on a successful and fulfilling career in the field of massage therapy.