Key Features

  • Expert author Sandy Fritz shares her years of experience and provides you with an authoritative resource on massage therapy.
  • Comprehensive coverage of content included on the National Certification Exam (NCE) and the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) makes this book a perfect study tool.
  • A combined workbook and textbook format encourages critical thinking with activities, short essays, fill-in-the-blank questions, drawing exercises, and more to help you review concepts from the book.
  • Three appendices — Indications and Contraindications to Massage, Skin Pathology, and Common Medications and Possible Implications for Massage — provide valuable resources for reference and further study.

Table of Contents

1. Foundations of Therapeutic Touch and Applications of Touch

2. Professionalism and Legal Issues

3. Medical Terminology for Professional Record Keeping

4. The Scientific Art of Therapeutic Massage

5. Indications and Contraindications for Therapeutic Massage

6. Hygiene, Sanitation, and Safety

7. Body Mechanics

8. Preparation for Massage

9. Massage Manipulations and Techniques

10. Assessment Procedures for Developing a Care Plan

11. Complementary Bodywork Systems

12. Career Tracks and Special Populations

13. Wellness Education

14. Business Considerations for a Career in Therapeutic Massage

15. Integration—Case Studies

Final Word

Works Consulted



A. Indications and Contraindications to Massage

B. Skin Pathology

C. Common Medications and Possible Implications for Massage

Table of Contents: DVDs for Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage, 4th Edition

Disc 1

CH 3: Medical Terminology for Professional Record Keeping

The following clips are all scientific animations:

3-1 Organ Systems 1:55

3-1 Body Organs in Each Quadrant of the Body :55

3-2 Spine Structure 2:09

3-3 Brain Lobes :26

3-3 Neuron Function :26

3-3 Sympathetic Nervous System 2:01

3-4 Function of the Heart :24

3-4 Normal Vascular System :07

3-4 Cardiovascular System :20

3-5 Normal Cardiopulmonary Physiology :40

3-5 Inhalation :15

3-6 The Digestion Process 2:42

3-7 Adrenal Function 1:04

CH 9: Massage Manipulations and Techniques

General Massage Protocol 54:31

Mat Techniques 8:31

Chair Techniques 8:34

CH 15: Case Studies

Case Study 1 17:21

Case Study 2 22:41

Case Study 3 17:33


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About the editor

Sandy Fritz

Sandy Fritz, MS, LMT is the Owner, Director, and Head Educator of the Health Enrichment Center, Inc., School of Therapeutic Massage. Also in private practice for almost 30 years, Sandy works with a diverse clientele, dealing with everything from stress management massage to physician-referred rehabilitative care upon physician referral. She has developed and supervises a student massage clinic with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. She also provides professional sports massage and rehabilitation for individual athletes, primarily in golf, football, basketball, and baseball. In addition to being published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Sandy is a prominent author of many Elsevier massage therapy resources, including: Sports & Exercise Massage: Comprehensive Care in Athletics, Fitness, & Rehabilitation Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage Mosby’s Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage Mosby’s Massage Therapy Review Mosby’s Curriculum Guide for Massage Therapy Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage Video Series, Volumes 1-4