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Massage Therapy

Principles and Practice

Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice, 4th Edition helps you master the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities for your career in massage therapy. With clear writing and a straightforward approach, leading massage authority Susan G. Salvo and her team of expert contributors and reviewers provide cutting-edge, practical information and professional insight in one broad, in-depth, and visually engaging resources, giving you everything you need to launch a successful career in massage therapy.


Published: June 2011

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4557-3712-3


  • Foreword by Michael Shea


    Unit I: Foundations for Practice, Basic and Complementary Methods, and Business Practices

    1. History of Massage

    2. Therapeutic Relationships

    3. Tools of the Trade

    4. Self Care: Health, Wellness, Nutrition, and Stress Reduction

    5. Research Literacy

    6. Massage Effects and Indications

    7. Body Mechanics, Client Positioning, and Draping

    8. Massage Techniques, Joint Mobilizations, and Stretches

    9. Infection Control and Emergency Preparedness

    10. Treatment Planning: Intake, Assessment, and Documentation

    11. Special Populations: Pregnant Women, Infants, Children and Adolescents, Elderly, Hospice, Disabilities, and Impairments

    12. Hydrotherapy and Spa

    13. Foot Reflexology

    14. Clinical Massage

    15. Seated Massage

    16. Energy-Based Bodywork Therapy: Shiatsu and Ayurveda

    17. Business, Marketing, Accounting, and Finance


    Unit II: Anatomy and Physiology

    18. Introduction to the Human Body: Cells, Tissues, and the Body Compass

    19. Skeletal System

    20. Muscular System

    21. Kinesiology

    22. Integumentary System

    23. Nervous System

    24. Endocrine System

    25. Reproductive System

    26. Cardiovascular System

    27. Lymphatic System and Immunity

    28. Respiratory System

    29. Digestive System

    30. Urinary System



    Illustration Credits

    Case Study Index



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