Massage Therapy - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9781437719772, 9781455754434

Massage Therapy

4th Edition

Principles and Practice

Authors: Susan Salvo
eBook ISBN: 9781455754434
eBook ISBN: 9781437735543
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 21st July 2011
Page Count: 840

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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.

Key Features

  • Clear, straightforward approach simplifies complex content for better understanding.
  • Thorough anatomy and physiology coverage integrated throughout helps you master essential A&P concepts without buying additional resources.
  • Emphasis on kinesiology includes more than 170 images of muscles, bones, joints, and related structures, and useful muscle action charts.
  • Bound-in DVD guides you through 2 hours of techniques, routines, client interactions, and case scenarios.
  • 675 high-quality illustrations clarify difficult concepts in vibrant detail.
  • Biography profiles and candid interviews provide a real-world perspective on massage practice from the most respected authorities in massage and bodywork.
  • DVD icons throughout the text and E-Resources lists at the end of each chapter direct you to corresponding multimedia resources on the bound-in DVD and companion Evolve website to help you save time and study more efficiently.

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



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About the Author

Susan Salvo

Affiliations and Expertise

Co-Owner, Co-Director, and Instructor, Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy, Lake Charles, LA; Veteran Massage Therapist, Lake Charles, LA