Beard's Massage

Principles and Practice of Soft Tissue Manipulation


  • Giovanni De Domenico, Grad Dip(Physiotherapy), Dip TP, MSc, PhD, MCSP, MAPA, MCPA, Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Allied Health Professions, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

First published in 1964, Beard's Massage is a classic physical therapy massage text originally authored by Gertrude Beard, a pioneering physical therapist in the 1920s who treated patients using soft tissue massage techniques that remain the basis of practice today.

Now in its fifth edition, with a new title, this classic text has been expanded and updated throughout to provide you with an overview of massage, a description of massage techniques, information on the benefits of massage, and specific techniques for a variety of conditions.
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Book information

  • Published: June 2007
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-0-7216-0350-6

Table of Contents


1. Historic Perspectives

2. Anatomical Landmarks for Soft Tissue Massage – NEW!

3. Essential Requirements for Soft Tissue Manipulation

4. Classification, Definitions, and Descriptions of the Basic Massage Strokes and Relaxed Passive Movements

5. Mechanical, Physiological, Psychological, and Therapeutic Effects of Soft Tissue Manipulation


6. Soft Tissue Manipulation Techniques as an Evaluation Tool

7. General Massage Sequences

8. Local Massage Sequences

9. Focal Massage Sequences – NEW!

10. Massage for the Patient with a Respiratory Condition

11. Connective Tissue Massage (CTM)

12. Decongestive Therapy for the Treatment of Lymphedema – NEW!

13. Massage in Sport – NEW!

14. Massage for the Baby and Infant – NEW!

15. Massage in Palliative Care – NEW!

16. Soft Tissue Manipulation in Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) – NEW!

17. Eastern Systems of Soft Tissue Manipulation

Appendix: Closed Chest (External) Cardiac Massage