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Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage, 5th Edition
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Previous Edition: 2006

The Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, Fifth Edition is the classic text in the massage industry including the essential knowledge and skills needed to become a successful, professional massage therapist, plus the essentials of anatomy and physiology. Essential topics to the industry such as ethics, hygiene, communication skills, and body mechanics are discussed. Full-color illustrations and photographs clearly illustrate techniques and procedures. Classical massage is expanded with clinical techniques including neuromuscular and myofascial techniques, and lymph massage, combined to better serve the client by following therapeutic procedures. Numerous career tracts are explored including massage in a spa environment and athletic massage. A new chapter discusses massage for special populations including pre-natal, infant, elder, critically ill, people with cancer, and hospice. The final chapter has been revised to cover business practices for finding employment or successful self-employment.

Author: Mark F. Beck

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  • New chapter on massage for special populations including hospice, pre-natal, infant, elder, critically ill, and people with cancer plus lymph massage and clinical skills such as trigger point therapy, neuromuscular techniques and myofascial techniques.
  • Features all full-color illustrations and photographs, including techniques and procedures.
  • Maintains the comprehensive coverage of Swedish massage techniques and repositions clinical massage techniques to the heart of the text.
  • Revised final chapter, covering business practices for finding employment or successful self-employment.
  • End-of-chapter questions for discussion and review revised to include additional higher- level critical thinking exercises.
  • Additional key terms and definitions incorporated throughout.
  • Contents at a Glance page, in addition an extended Table of Contents.
  • Covers all pertinent topics in the NCETM, NCETMB and FSMTB exams.
  • Includes full-color photos of techniques.
  • Includes essential anatomy and physiology.
  • Accompanying workbook has exercises in multiple formats to enhance learning.
  1. Historical Overview of Massage
  2. Requirements for the Practice of Therapeutic Massage
  3. Professional Ethics for Massage Practitioners
  4. Overview
  5. Human Anatomy and Physiology
  6. Effects, Benefits, Indications and Contraindications of Massage
  7. Equipment and Products
  8. Sanitary and Safety Practices
  9. Consultation and Documentation
  10. Classical Massage Movements
  11. Application of Massage Technique
  12. Procedures for Complete Body Massages
  13. Hydrotherapy
  14. Massage in the Spa Setting, by Steve Capellini
  15. Clinical Massage Techniques
  16. Lymph Massage
  17. Therapeutic Procedure
  18. Athletic/Sports Massage
  19. Massage for Special Populations
  20. Massage in Medicine
  21. Other Somatic Therapies
  22. Business Practices

Appendix I: Basic Pharmacology for Massage Therapists, by Faye N. Schenkman

Hardcover Textbook

1,008 pp., 8½” x 11″, ©2011
ISBN-13: 9781435485235
List Price: $129.95 USD

Softcover Textbook

1,008 pp., 8½” x 11″, ©2011
ISBN-13: 9781435485242
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Spanish Textbook

ISBN-13: 9781111131456
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  • Detailed, interactive exercises
  • Reinforce learning
  • Increase student comprehension

ISBN-13: 9781435485259
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Spanish Edition ISBN-13: 9781111314040
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Exam Review
  • Chapter-by-chapter multiple – choice questions
  • Includes answer key

ISBN-13: 9781435485280
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Spanish Edition ISBN-13: 9781111131449
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Student CD
  • Video clips demonstrate procedures
  • Computerized test bank
  • Games
  • Audio glossary

ISBN-13: 9781111125172
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  • Packed with interactive student activities
  • Engagement Tracker tracks student progress
  • Includes Interactive eBook

Printed Access Card ISBN-13: 9781133673767
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Instructor’s Manual
  • Lesson Plans
  • Transition Guides
  • Answer Key to the Student Workbook on CD

ISBN-13: 9781435485266
List Price: $133.00 USD

Course Management Guide on CD
  • All content from Instructor’s Manual
  • Customizable Syllabus
  • Computerized Test Bank with nearly 1,200 questions
  • Image Library with photos and illustrations from the textbook

ISBN-13: 9781435485273
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Instructor Support Slides on CD
  • PowerPoint™ Slides
  • Chapter-by-chapter outline of content

ISBN-13: 9781111036942
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Student CD (School Version)
  • Contains all of the content from the Individual Version
  • Can be loaded to multiple computers or school network

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Interactive Games on CD
  • 4 interactive games based on popular TV shows
  • Entertaining and creative

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