By Mary Braun & Simonson Stephanie
625 pages, 8.50 x 11.00″
This work instills the essential skills and knowledge needed to become a professional massage therapist and excel as one. The authors integrate functional anatomy, physiology, and pathology with massage therapy techniques, helping you translate your knowledge of the underlying science into practice. Designed to prepare you for all aspects of massage practice, the text also covers communication and documentation, safety and self-care practices, and essential business concepts.
This text offers a wealth of 3D anatomical information on the skeletal, muscular, and neurovascular systems, as well as surface anatomy. Hydrotherapy, Asian techniques, sanitation and hygiene, and HIPAA are also covered. To aid in preparation for the National Certification Exam (NCE), critical thinking exercises test your skills in selecting the correct techniques to apply under specific sets of circumstances. Contraindication boxes highlight particular situations when massage should not be used or a specific stroke may be harmful. In addition, full-color illustrations and photographs help you learn important concepts and techniques; progressive case studies ask you to develop step-by-step treatment plans for a client; procedure boxes set forth step-by-step instructions for treatments and assessments; and exercises in each chapter help you assess your grasp of key concepts. As an added bonus, each copy of the text includes the Real Bodywork DVD, featuring outstanding video clips of massage sequences presented in the text.