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Massage Therapy: What It Is and How It Works

Massage Therapy: What It Is and How It Works
Steven Schenkman
464 pp., 8" x 9¼", Softcover, ©2010

ISBN-13: 9781418012335
List Price: $37.95 USD

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Contents

  1. Introduction to the Three Paradigms of Practice
  2. First Paradigm - Relaxation and Stress Reduction
  3. Second Paradigm - Remediation, Therapy and Pain Relief
  4. Third Paradigm - Holistic Integration
  5. History and Evolution of Massage Therapy and Bodywork
  6. The Continuum of the Four Massage Therapy and Bodywork Levels
  7. The Somatic Level of the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Continuum
  8. Somato-Psychic Layer of the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Continuum
  9. The Bioenergetic Layer of the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Continuum
  10. The Energetic Layer of the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Continuum
  11. Practice Settings: A Day in the Life of a Massage Therapist
  12. Massage Therapy within the Larger Healthcare/Well Being Team

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.

Key Features

  • 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.
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