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Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage

Mark F. Beck
Product Type: Book
992 pages
8 1/2 X 11 inches
Price: $139.95
Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, 5th edition is the classic text in the massage industry including the essential knowledge and skills needed to become a successful, professional massage therapist, plus the essentials of anatomy and physiology. Essential topics to the industry such as ethics, hygiene, communication skills, and body mechanics are discussed. Full-color illustrations and photographs clearly illustrate techniques and procedures. Classical massage is expanded with clinical techniques including neuromuscular and myofascial techniques, and lymph massage, combined to better serve the client by following therapeutic procedures. Numerous career tracts are explored including massage in a spa environment and athletic massage. A new chapter discusses massage for special populations including pre-natal, infant, elder, critically ill, people with cancer, and hospice. The final chapter has been revised to cover business practices for finding employment or successful self-employment.


  • New chapter on massage for special populations including hospice, pre-natal, infant, elder, critically ill, and people with cancer plus lymph massage and clinical skills such as trigger point therapy, neuromuscular techniques and myofascial techniques.
  • Now features all full-color Illustrations and photographs, including techniques and procedures.
  • Maintains the comprehensive coverage of Swedish massage techniques and repositions clinical massage techniques to the heart of the text.
  • Revised final chapter, covering business practices for finding employment or successful self-employment.
  • End-of-chapter questions for discussion and review revised to include additional higher-level critical thinking exercises.
  • Written in a style that is easily understood by the nontraditional reader.
  • Includes full-color photos of techniques.
  • Includes essential anatomy and physiology.
  • Accompanying workbook has exercises in multiple formats to enhance learning.
  • Contains topics to prepare the reader for the National Certification Exam or the State Massage Board exam.

Author Bio

Mark F. Beck
Mark Beck had been a Milady author since the first publication of The Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage in 1988. Mark began his professional career as a massage therapist in 1974. He started teaching massage in 1978 and became a massage school owner and director in 1980. As school director for over 15 years, he developed curriculum, taught classes and continued a part time clinical practice. He served on the boards of a state and a national massage organization in different capacities including sec. of education, sec. of certification and president. In 1996 he earned a bachelor's degree in Vocational Education with an emphasis on massage therapy from the University of Idaho. A skiing accident in 1990 resulted in a C-6 spinal cord injury that landed Mark in a wheelchair with quadriplegia. That ended his active practice as a massage therapist but did not quell his dedication to the profession or his desire to provide the best possible information to thousands of students entering the profession by continually updating and refining The Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage. Mark continued to be an advocate for excellence in massage education and accessibility for the disabled until he sadly passed away in November 2016.
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Table of Contents

Part I: The History and Advancement of Therapeutic Massage.
1.Historical Overview of Massage.
2.Requirements for the Practice of Therapeutic Massage.
3.Professional Ethics for Massage Practitioners.
Part II: Human Anatomy and Physiology.
5.Human Anatomy and Physiology.
Part III: Massage Practice.
6.Effects, Benefits, Indications and Contraindications of Massage.
7.Equipment and Products.
8.Sanitary and Safety Practices.
9.Consultation and Documentation.
10.Classical Massage Movements.
11.Application of Massage Technique.
12.Procedures for Complete Body Massages.
14.Massage in the Spa Setting, by Steve Capellini.
15.Clinical Massage Techniques.
16.Lymph Massage.
17.Therapeutic Procedure.
18.Athletic/Sports Massage.
19.Massage for Special Populations.
20.Massage in Medicine.
21.Other Somatic Therapies.
Part IV: Massage Business Administration.
22.Business Practices.
Appendix I: Basic Pharmacology for Massage Therapists, by Faye N. Schenkman.
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