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.
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.
11. Practice Settings: A Day in the Life of a Massage Therapist.
12. Massage Therapy within the Larger Healthcare/Well Being Team.
"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