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Pearson's Massage Therapy: Blending Art with Science, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Patricia J. Benjamin

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Apr 26, 2010

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Pearson’s Massage Therapy: Blending Art with Science is a comprehensive text designed as a resource for students in entry-level massage therapy programs. It covers the wide variety of massage therapy competencies.  The book’s title reflects the fact that successful massage therapists excel at blending the art and science of massage.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Massage Therapy Profession  

Chapter 2 The History of Massage as a Vocation  

Chapter 3 Professional and Personal Development  

Chapter 4 Physical Skills, Fitness, and Self-Care for the Massage Therapist   

Chapter 5 Ethics and the Therapeutic Relationship  

Chapter 6 Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, and Kinesiology  


Part II    Knowledge and Planning for Massage Sessions

Chapter 7 Effects of Massage  

Chapter 8 Clinical Applications of Massage  

Chapter 9 Endangerment Sites, Contraindications, and Cautions  

Chapter 10 Goal-Oriented Planning and Documentation  


Part III    Basic Massage guidelines and Applications

Chapter 11 Hygiene, Equipment, and Environment  

Chapter 12 Body Mechanics, Table Skills, and Application Guidelines  

Chapter 13 Western Massage Techniques  

Chapter 14 Full-Body Massage Sequence  

Chapter 15 Seated Massage  


Part IV    Adjunct Therapies and Special Applications

Chapter 16 Hydrotherapy and Temperature Therapies  

Chapter 17 Spa Applications  

Chapter 18 Contemporary Massage and Bodywork  

Chapter 19 Eastern Bodywork  

Chapter 20 Special Populations and Adaptations  


Part V    Career and Practice Development

Chapter 21 Career Plans and Employment  

Chapter 22 Private Practice and Finances  

Chapter 23 Business Ethics  



A         25 Forms of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork  

B         Personal Care and Health Professionals  

C         Organizations and Publications  

D         Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Massage Therapists  

E          Goal-Oriented Planning  

F          Performance Evaluation Forms  

G         Intake and Health History Forms  

H         References and Additional Resources  


Interactive Glossary  


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$41.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-510776-8