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Books about Massage Therapy:
for Students and Practitioners

  1. Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage (1999)
  2. Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment (2003)
  3. The Balanced Body A Guide to Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Therapy (2002)
  4. Milady's Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage (1999)
  5. Beard's Massage (1997)
  6. Tappan's Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques: Classic, Holistic and Emerging Methods (1998)
  7. Massage Therapy: Theory and Practice (1999)
  8. The Art of Massage: A Practical Manual for the Nurse, the Student and the Practitioner (1997)
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  9. The History of Massage: An Illustrated Survey from around the World (2002)
  10. Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodywork (2003)
  11. Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques (2002)
  12. Therapeutic Massage : A Scientific Approach (2000)
  13. The Endless Web : Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality (1996)
  14. Travell and Simons' Trigger Point Flip Charts (1996)
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Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage
by Sandy Fritz (Preface)

Paperback: 681 pages ; 2nd edition (August 1999)
Mosby; ISBN: 0323006779 Price - Quick Click Buying

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Book Description
The first edition of Therapeutic Massage was published in 1995 and as the areas of massage therapy and other bodywork modalities are rapidly changing, it was important to revise the text to keep up with changes in the field. This book teaches the reader how to skilfully apply massage techniques, as well as providing information on sanitation, hygiene, body mechanics, business practices, ethics, and much more. Each chapter builds on the one before it, beginning with the basics and expanding therapeutic applications as well as an introduction to bodywork systems.
-- For physical and manual/massage therapists, and other health care professionals.

Features: * The new edition is in full colour, rather than 2-colour. * Overall text layout has improved to make it easier for reader to follow. Figure layout has improved and size of many figures has increased, especially in the technique chapters. * Textbook is integrated with workbook features, such as proficiency exercises where the reader can answer right in the book, and workbook sections at the end of each chapter (with answers). * The order of chapters has been changed to provide a more effective flow and ease in teaching/learning the material. * A clinical reasoning model has been presented as a unifying thread throughout the text. * More headings within chapters have been added to make material easier to follow. * Sections on ethics and professionalism have been completely revised and expanded. * A section on the power of touch has been added. * The medical terminology chapter has been reworked to support effective intake, treatment plan development and charting procedures. * A section on the appropriateness of therapeutic change, condition management, and palliative care has been added to help in the development of treatment plans. * Three new appendices include: Massage interactions with medication, guide to skin pathology, and suggestions for self massage

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foundations of Therapeutic Applications of Touch Chapter 2 Ethics, Professionalism, and Legal Issues Chapter 3 Medical Terminology for Professional Record Keeping Chapter 4 The Scientific Art of Therapeutic Massage Chapter 5 Indications and Contraindications for Therapeutic Massage Chapter 6 Hygiene, Sanitation and Safety Chapter 7 Body Mechanics Chapter 8 Preparation for Massage: Equipment, Supplies, Professional Environment, Positioning and Draping Chapter 9 Massage Manipulations and Techniques Chapter 10 Assessment Procedures and Care Plan Development Chapter 11 Complimentary Bodywork Systems Chapter 12 Serving Special Populations Chapter 13 Wellness Chapter 14 Business Considerations for a Career in Therapeutic Massage

Reader Review
Excellent text for the beginner student & for the professional, April 20, 2000
Reviewer: debbiehart@DWW.Net from Durango, Colorado
I am owner/director of Silver Sword Massage Academy located in Durango CO. Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage is an excellent text for the beginner student & for the professional requiring a state of the art resource. The latest edition is especially enriched with fine color graphics for optimal visual learning. I refer to these visual aids in my private practice as well, to help educate my clients. The technical information is presented in plain speak and then, through skilled educational writing successfully bridges into the technical language of the health field of massage therapeutics. This book is the cornerstone of our programs. I highly recommend Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage as one of the best comprehensive massage books on the market.

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Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment (Lww Massage Therapy & Bodywork Series)
by James H. Clay, David M. Pounds

Paperback - 412 pages (January 2003)
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; ISBN: 0683306537 Price - Quick Click Buying

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Book Description
This richly illustrated text teaches the basic techniques of clinical massage therapy by embedding illustrations of internal structures directly into photographs of live models.
Each muscle or muscle group is shown, along with surrounding structures, surface landmarks, and the therapist's hands. Useful as a textbook of clinical massage and anatomy, this text can also be used as a practical patient communication tool. Basic clinical techniques such as Swedish, Esalen, myotherapy, neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, compression, stripping massage, myofascial stretching and cross-fiber friction are included. Suggestions of draping options correspond to illustrations of draping techniques. Its muscle section surveys the body by region, shows muscle in relation to referral fields, anatomical structure and methods of working the area using a variety of techniques. There is also a section on special considerations, including pregnancy and children. Appendices include pain referral zones by region, Greek and Latin prefixes and suffixes, and a glossary of terms.

Reader Review
Exactly what I wanted!, November 7, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
I know nothing of massage and I couldn't figure out heads or tails from the many massage books I had purchased until I received Basic Clinical Massage Therapy by Clay and Pounds.

Will I read the book in it's entirety and use every method, absolutely not, but now I can literally see the muscles and the anatomy and understand what it is that I'm working on in each and every part of the body and do some good, it's a bargain at $45!

I'd say this is the bible of massage!

Not for the novice, October 20, 2002
Reviewer: Linda from Bergen, NY United States
This is an awesome reference for the well trained, experienced massage therapist. There are techniques demonstrated in this book that are advanced. As for the graphic presentation, there is no other book that I am aware of that shows the human body from the outside in quite as precisely as this one does. I purchased this book, before it was actually published, as a student of massage therapy and will use it in my future practice. It has become a hit with the students and staff of my school.


The Balanced Body A Guide to Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Therapy
by Donald W. Scheumann

Paperback - 300 pages (15 August, 2002)
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; ISBN: 0781735750 Price - Quick Click Buying

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Book Description
Designed as a teaching manual of deep tissue and neuromuscular therapy, this book encourages an intuitive and artistic approach to massage coupled with a secure technical and scientific foundation. The book includes the philosophy behind creating an integrated plan for performing massage therapy, with guidelines for designing and executing a session as well as practical applications of a deep tissue massage. The information on anatomy, kinesiology, and injury conditions is derived from the extensive bibliography. Also, the book features reference charts that summarise the material contained before each massage lesson, and diagrams for review that are easy to follow. Illustrations: 250.


Milady's Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage
by Mark F. Beck

Paperback - 720 pages ; 3 edition (March 11, 1999)
Milady Publishing Co.; ISBN: 1562535366 Price - Quick Click Buying

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Book Description
Comprehensive and easy-to-read, this newly updated edition focuses on the essential information needed to start a career as a massage professional. Students will gain an understanding of the body and its functions and learn massage techniques and therapeutic skills, including specialized massage such as prenatal massage, massage during labor, lymph massage, neuromuscular therapy, reflexology, and more. Skills for client-therapist relations, communications, and promotions complete this well-rounded text to ensure a successful massage business. Recognized as a recommended resource by the National Certification Board for Massage and Bodywork, Milady's Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage features over 700 richly illustrated drawings and updated and expanded anatomy tables.

Reader Review
We are currently using this textbook and are very pleased., November 1, 1999
Reviewer: Therapeutic Bodyworks ( from Indiana
The text is comprehensive and is the best on the market today. Beck really does a great job. Massage therapy is a tricky thing to teach on paper.

Table of Contents
The History and Advancement of Therapeutic Massage. Massage: A Historical Overview. Requirements for the Practice of Therapeutic Massage. Professional Esthetics. Human Anatomy, and Physiology. Histology. Organization of the Human Body. System One: The Integumentary System (The Skin). System Two: The Skeletal System. System Three: The Muscular System. System Four: The Circulatory System. System Five: The Nervous System. System Six. The Endocrine System. System Seven: The Respiratory System. System Eight: The Digestive System. System Nine: The Excretory System. System Ten: The Reproductive System. Massage Practice. The The Effects, Benefits, Indication, and Contradictions of Massage. Equipment and Products. Sanitary Practices. The Consultation. Classification of Massage movements. Application of Massage Technique. Procedures for Complete Body Massages. Face and Scalp Massage. Hydrotherapy. Massage for Nursing and Health Care. Athletic/Sports Medicine. Specialized Techniques. Therapeutic Exercise. Building a Successful Business. Massage Business Administration. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.


Beard's Massage
by Giovanni De Domenico, Elizabeth C. Wood (Contributor), Gertrude Massage Beard, Margaret Biblis (Editor)

Paperback - 185 pages ; 4th edition (January 15, 1997)
W B Saunders; ISBN: 072166234X Price - Quick Click Buying

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This edition of the foundational work on soft tissue massage has been updated and revised to provide a reference source that integrates theory with practice, continuing to follow the Swedish remedial massage therapy, along with the Hoffa system of local and general massage. It describes how individual techniques affect the human body and then shows how to apply these techniques to specific body regions, allowing the therapist to combine techniques for specific sequences. An introducion offers massage traditions, such as sports massage, trigger points and pressure, rolfing and shiatsu is new to this edition.

Table of Contents
Part I. General Principles: Historical Perspectives. Basic Requirements for Therapeutic Massage. A Classification and Description of Massage Strokes. Physiological, Psychological and Therapeutic Effects of Massage. Part II. Practice: A General Massage Sequence. Local Massage Sequences. Soft Tissue Massage Techniques as an Evaluation Tool. Massage for Specific Purposes. Massage for the Patient with a Respiratory Condition. Connective Tissue Massage (CTM). Specialized Systems of Massage. Eastern Systems of Massage. Appendix: Closed-Chest (External) Cardiac Massage.

Reader Review
Beard's Massage, June 20, 2000
Reviewer: Darcy from Maryland, USA
This book covers everything a massage therapist needs to know, things I wasn't even taught in massage school. If you want to know it all, get this book. It is wonderful and I plan on using it as THE massage book for the massage school I am opening this year.


Tappan's Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques: Classic, Holistic and Emerging Methods (3rd Edition)
by Frances M. Tappan, Patricia J., Phd Benjamin

Paperback: 414 pages ; 3nd edition (January 15, 1998)
Prentice Hall; ISBN: 083853676X Price - Quick Click Buying

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Book Description
This pioneering text in massage therapy provides basic information on the art and science of effective healing massage techniques in quick-learn, easy-to-understand terms. This leading book contains a thorough description of both Eastern and Western massage skills and explains the effects of massage in physiological as well as holistic perspectives. Also included are self-evaluation sheets and sample health history forms. A functional second color has been added to this edition to help highlight massage techniques. The perfect guide for physical therapists, massage therapists, health related professionals, and anyone interested in massage therapy

Reader Review
Highly Recommended book on massage therapy, April 26, 2000
Reviewer: sabs77 from Los Angeles, CA
Excellent choice for the student (or practitioner)of massage therapy. Great as a reference guide to follow up on lessons formally learned in school. Very well organized and carefully explained techniques. Good use of illustrations. Very helpful bibliography for further study on every topic covered. .

Table of Contents
1. Introduction.
2. History of Massage.
3. Effects, Benefits, and Indications.
4. Contraindications and Endangerment Sites.
5. General Principles for Giving Massage.
6. Classic Western Massage Techniques.
7. Passive Joint Movements.
8. Classic Full-Body Massage.
9. Applications to Parts of the Body.
10. Balancing Energy with Polarity Therapy.
11. Myofascial Techniques.
12. Trigger Points.
13. Manual Lymph Drainage.
14. Foot Reflexology.
15. Finger Pressure to Acupuncture Points.
16. Amma: Traditional Japanese Massage.
17. Shiatsu: An Overview.
18. Jin Shin Do.
19. Sports and Fitness.
20. Mother and Child.
21. Workplace Wellness.
22. Mental and Emotional Wellness.
23. Healthy Aging.
24. Terminally Ill and Dying.
25. Massage in Medical Settings.
26. The Art of Healing Touch by Frances Tappan.
Appendix A: Summary Chart Comparing Approaches of Hoffa, McMillan and Mennell.
Appendix B: Organizations and Publications.
Appendix C: States That License Massage Therapists.
Appendix D: Performance Evaluation.
Appendix E: Health History Forms for Massage Therapy.

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Massage Therapy: Theory and Practice
by Jean E. Loving

Paperback: 300 pages ; 1st edition (October 13, 1998)
Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0838561616 Price - Quick Click Buying

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From the Back Cover
Key Benefit: This comprehensive theory and practice texts covers an array of difficult concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. It is the ideal review tool for massage therapy students and practitioners who wish to certify and join the American Massage Therapy Association and for those preparing for the National Certification Exam. Key Topics: The book presents clear and succinct coverage of the philosophy and history of massage, effects and benefits, equipment and safety, massage strokes and movements, and laws and ethics. Case studies, and review questions are also included. Market: Massage therapy students and practitioners.

Table of Contents
1. Philosophy and History of Massage.
2. Professionalism, Law, and Ethics.
3. Effects and Benefits of Massage.
4. Sanitation, Safety, and Personal Hygiene.
5. The Science and Art of Massage.
6. Preparation for and Consultation with the Client.
7. Major Massage Strokes.
8. Contemporary Therapeutic Massage Approaches.
9. Assessment: Designing the Massage to Fit the Client.
10. Self Care and Wellness for Therapist and Client.
11. Therapeutic Massage: The Application of Knowledge to Clients' Needs.
Appendix A: Case Studies.
Appendix B: Code of Ethics.
Appendix C: Massage Clinic Client Information and Health History Forms.
Appendix D: Pregnancy Routine and Infant Massage.
Appendix E: S.O.A.P. Notes with Six Massage Routines.
Appendix F: Resource and Information List.

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The Art of Massage: A Practical Manual for the Nurse, the Student & the Practitioner
by John Harvey Kellogg

Paperback: 412 pages (March 1997)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company; ISBN: 1564599361

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Partial Contents: History of massage; Structures especially concerned in massage; Parts to be especially studied by the masseur; Physiological effects of massage; Therapeutic applications of massage; Procedures of massage; Joint movements; Massage of special regions; Special methods of Zablodowski & Metzger; The Rest-Cure; Rules relating to massage; Correct use of terms; General physiology of the muscles, their names, nerve supply & actions; Massage in the treatment of fractures; Mobilization of joints; Special movements & breathing exercises; The Schott method.


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