Foundations of Massage
Foundations of Massage,
Edition 3
By Lisa Casanelia, RMT and David Stelfox

Publication Date: 26 Mar 2010

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Foundations of Massage 3e is a comprehensive practical and theoretical foundation for all aspects of massage therapy.  The book prepares students for clinical practice through the presentation of step by step techniques and treatments.  This revision of this Australian text for the practice of massage therapy includes new material on specialised application of massage, such as providing services for people with disabilities, working in aged care and providing services for people with chronic disease states and life challenging illnesses.

Key Features

  • More than 350 illustrations and photographs of manual applications
  • Questions and activities at the end of each chapter
  • Comprehensive glossary

New Features

  • Evidence for massage therapy completely revised and updated
  • Inclusion of references to legislative and regulatory information to massage therapy practitioners
  • Expanded anatomy illustrations in full colour appendices
  • A more comprehensive chapter on pregnancy massage updated by well known international author Suzanne Yates
  • A more comprehensive chapter on infant massage
  • History chapter has been expanded to include influences on the massage industry from Europe and North America
About the author
By Lisa Casanelia, RMT, Head of Faculty, Endeavour College and David Stelfox, National Head of Naturopathy, Clinical Science & Research, Australian College of Natural Medicine, VIC, Australia
Table of Contents





Section 1 A Framework for Massage Practice

1: Philosophies, principles and definitions

2: History of massage

3: Massage and it’s role in an integrative health care model

4: The importance of touch

Section 2 The Professional Therapist

5: Scope of practice, ethics and law in massage therapy practice

6: Defining boundaries in the client practitioner relationship

7: The evidence for massage therapy

Section 3 Preparing for Massage Practice

8: The massage setting

9: Self care for the massage therapist

10: Infection control in massage therapy practice

Section 4 Making Initial Contact with the Client

11: The health assessment process

12: Precautions and safe practice for massage

13: Pharmacological considerations for massage therapy practice

Section 5 Providing the Massage Treatment

14: Body mechanics for the practice of massage

15: Positioning and draping the client

16: The techniques Swedish massage

17: Applying massage in practice

Section 6 Massage for Specific Client Groups

18: Massage for clients with special needs

19: Massage during pregnancy

20: Massage for infants

Appendix 1 Anatomical terminology

Appendix 2 The human skeleton

Appendix 3 Overview of the muscular system


Book details
ISBN: 9780729538695
Page Count: 350
Retail Price: £35.99