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Massage Therapy: What It Is and How It Works, 1st Edition

  • Steven Schenkman
  • ISBN-10: 1418012335  |  ISBN-13: 9781418012335
  • 450 Pages
  • © 2010 | Published
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About

Overview

Massage Therapy: What It Is and How It Works is a unique text whose primary purpose is to define and describe the depth, scope and universe of practice of this rapidly expanding profession. The first four chapters of this resource present a new and important discussion, entitled "The Three Paradigms," that explains a continuum of practice beginning at the most basic levels of touch, leading to the most advanced levels of holistic care. These chapters also include sixteen interesting and relevant case histories that showcase, demonstrate, and differentiate practice by first-, second-, and third-paradigm practitioners. Also discussed in these chapters is another new concept that introduces and explores the idea of three levels of competence. Following is a unique model of the breadth of the profession, The Continuum of the Four Massage Therapy and Bodywork Levels. It discusses and demonstrates how the main intention of each of the twenty-six modalities presented primarily treats and affects one of the four layers of the energy/matter continuum of the mind-body complex.

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Features and Benefits

  • Defines and describes the scope and universe, -- the breadth and depth, of practice of this rapidly expanding profession in a brand new and unique way.
  • Provides a new and important discussion for the profession on “The Three Paradigms”.
  • Presents a new roadmap that outlines the continuum of possible practice beginning at the most basic levels of touch to the most advanced levels of holistic care in this field.
  • Presents sixteen interesting and relevant case histories that showcase, demonstrate, and differentiate practice by First, Second and Third Paradigm practitioners.
  • Reviews 26 different massage therapy modalities.

Table of Contents

Section I. Massage Therapy: What It Is.
1. Introduction to the Three Paradigms Practice.
2. First Paradigm - Relaxation and Stress Reduction.
3. Second Paradigm – Remediation, Therapy and Relief.
4. Third Paradigm – Holistic – Integration.
Section II. Massage Therapy: How it Works.
5. Overview of the History and Evolution of Massage Therapy.
6. The Continuum of the Four Massage Therapy and Bodywork Levels.
7. Somatic Bodywork.
8. Somato-Psychic.
9. Bio-Energetic.
10. Energetic.
11. Practice Settings: A Day in the Life of a Massage Therapist.
12. Massage Therapy within the Larger Healthcare/Well Being Team.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"Massage and massage modalities have been categorized in so many ways. This book simply presents an alternative to the classification of massage. Overall, it is well done and succeeds in making massage more accessible to the lay reader. The case histories are excellent methods of giving the reader a great understanding of the range of massage therapy. The description of the modalities are also interesting and more rounded out than many other texts."Monique P. Blake, Program Director – Massage Therapy at Keiser Career College

— Monique P. Blake

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Steven Schenkman

Steven Schenkman, B.A, LMT, CAT is an established leader in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.