Foundations of Massage - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780729538695, 9780729578691

Foundations of Massage

3rd Edition

Authors: Lisa Casanelia David Stelfox
eBook ISBN: 9780729578691
Paperback ISBN: 9780729538695
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone Australia
Published Date: 22nd December 2009
Page Count: 350

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Foundations of Massage 3e is a comprehensive practical and theoretical foundation for all aspects of massage therapy.  The book prepares students for clinical practice through the presentation of step by step techniques and treatments.  This revision of this Australian text for the practice of massage therapy includes new material on specialised application of massage, such as providing services for people with disabilities, working in aged care and providing services for people with chronic disease states and life challenging illnesses.

Key Features

  • More than 350 illustrations and photographs of manual applications
  • Questions and activities at the end of each chapter
  • Comprehensive glossary

Table of Contents





Section 1 A Framework for Massage Practice

1: Philosophies, principles and definitions

2: History of massage

3: Massage and it’s role in an integrative health care model

4: The importance of touch

Section 2 The Professional Therapist

5: Scope of practice, ethics and law in massage therapy practice

6: Defining boundaries in the client practitioner relationship

7: The evidence for massage therapy

Section 3 Preparing for Massage Practice

8: The massage setting

9: Self care for the massage therapist

10: Infection control in massage therapy practice

Section 4 Making Initial Contact with the Client

11: The health assessment process

12: Precautions and safe practice for massage

13: Pharmacological considerations for massage therapy practice

Section 5 Providing the Massage Treatment

14: Body mechanics for the practice of massage

15: Positioning and draping the client

16: The techniques Swedish massage

17: Applying massage in practice

Section 6 Massage for Specific Client Groups

18: Massage for clients with special needs

19: Massage during pregnancy

20: Massage for infants

Appendix 1 Anatomical terminology

Appendix 2 The human skeleton

Appendix 3 Overview of the muscular system



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About the Author

Lisa Casanelia

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Faculty, Endeavour College

David Stelfox

Affiliations and Expertise

National Head of Naturopathy, Clinical Science & Research, Australian College of Natural Medicine, VIC, Australia