Massage Therapy

Principles and Practice


  • Susan Salvo, M.Ed., LMT, NTS, CI, NCTMB, Co-Owner, Co-Director, and Instructor, Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy, Lake Charles, LA; Veteran Massage Therapist, Lake Charles, LA

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.
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Book information

  • Published: June 2011
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3712-3

Table of Contents

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