Higher Education

TouchAbilities®: Essential Connections, 1st Edition

  • Iris Burman Hands School of Massage, Miami, FL
  • Sandy Friedland Educating Hands School of Massage, Miami, FL
  • ISBN-10: 141804833X  |  ISBN-13: 9781418048334
  • 376 Pages
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $70.50

About

Overview

TouchAbilities®: Essential Connections, is a trailblazing work that examines the core characteristics of the many BodyWork modalities practiced today. It presents a common language for all BodyWork practitioners. Using simple and practical examples, the book navigates the reader through universal and recurring concepts and techniques that are represented in various schools of thought. As an introductory guide, it distills all major BodyWork techniques into a familiar palette of touch options from which modalities can be created and developed.

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Features and Benefits

  • Identifies foundational concepts and links TouchAbilities® skills with over 30 major BodyWork modalities
  • Highlights universal principles of body mechanics and discusses ergonomics, effects, and presence
  • Features "intentions" for each skill, providing a broad spectrum of options for touch applications
  • Introduces SenseAbilitiesTM a new sense awareness vocabulary for BodyWork practitioners
  • Presents a highly visual and interactive framework for learning with engaging illustrations and "experiential" activities
  • Includes a comprehensive glossary, an index of physical actions used by BodyWork practitioners, and research citations that validate effects where such data is available

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sandy Fritz
Preface
About the Authors
Contributor Page
Navigating Through This Book
PART I: TouchAbilities Fundamentals
Chapter 1: BodyViews
Chapter 2: Modality Development
Chapter 3: TouchAbilities Essential Connections
Chapter 4: Presence – Jack Blackburn
Chapter 5: Body Mechanics
Chapter 6: Ergonomics – Linda Riach
PART II: TouchAbilities Components
Chapter 7: Breathing Component
Chapter 8: Cognitive Component
Chapter 9: Energetic Component
Chapter 10: Compression Component
Chapter 11: Expansion Component
Chapter 12: Kinetic Component
Chapter 13: Oscillation Component
Chapter 14: Gliding Component
PART III: Sensory Experience
Chapter 15: Palpation
Chapter 16: SenseAbilities
PART IV: Basic Understandings
Chapter 17: Effects of BodyWork – Richard Schekter
Chapter 18: Indications and Contraindications – Richard Schekter
Chapter 19: Endangerment Sites – Richard Schekter
Chapter 20: Practice Errors
Part V: Becoming an Integrated BodyWorker
Chapter 21: Putting it all into Practice
Chapter 22: Attaining Mastery
Chapter 23: Linking TouchAbilities to Modalities
Conclusion
Practitioner’s Actions
Research Citations
References
Glossary
Index

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Iris Burman

Iris Burman, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B. is Co-Founder, Owner, and the Director of Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida since 1981 (one of approximately 80 COMTA accredited massage schools in the United States out of approximately 1,300 available programs). Iris was on the committee that developed COMTA (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation) and served as a founding member of the COMTA commission during its beginning years. She was on the executive committee of the AMTA Council of Schools for four years and received a distinguished service award from the Massage Therapy Foundation for her service as a pioneer member of the advisory committee for the AMTA Foundation. Iris, a practicing BodyWorker for nearly 30 years and an educator for more than 24 years, has studied many modalities and achieved certifications in Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Trager Approach and Neuromuscular Therapy. Her background includes training in Psychology and Gestalt Therapy.

Sandy Friedland

Sandy Friedland, L.M.T., has been in the field since 1987 and has taught at Educating Hands School of Massage since 1991. She and Iris are contributing authors to the recently published book, Principles and Practices of Manual Therapeutics, part of a series of medical guides that focuses on complementary and alternative medicine. They also designed and co-teach a BodyWork Mastery Course which specifically focuses on developing and refining a practitioner¿s unique touch signature. A co-creator of TouchAbilities®, the innovative and fundamental paradigm for teaching touch, Sandy also developed and teaches the aquatic BodyWork modality, Multi-Dimensional Movements Arts®. Her work and teaching explores the mystery of the body and reflects an education in anthropology, philosophy and psychology, as well as training in modalities such as Craniosacral Therapy, Connective Tissue Unwinding, Polarity, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Trager and Oriental Medicine.