Spanish Translated Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage

  • AUTHOR: Mark F. Beck
  • ISBN-13: 9781111131456 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 980 Pages  Paperback 
  • 5th Edition
  • ©2011     Published
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About The Product

The 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.


  • 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.

About the Contributor

  • Mark F. Beck

    Mark Beck began his massage career in 1974 after completing a massage apprenticeship under the guidance of Bob Rogers. He completed a program to become a holistic practitioner in 1979 and has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education classes. Mark owned and directed two massage schools and remains active in state and national professional massage organizations. Most recently he was an inaugural board member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Educators (2010-2014). He holds a bachelor’s degree in vocational education with an emphasis in massage therapy from the University of Idaho. Mark developed the Structural Muscular Balancing Seminars and is coauthor of the Structural Muscular Balancing Manual. Because of a spinal cord injury in 1990, Mark retired from the practice of massage therapy but continues to be an advocate for excellence in massage education.

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.

New to this Edition

  • 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.
  • Additional key terms and definitions incorporated throughout.
  • Contents at a Glance page, in addition to keeping the extended Table of Contents.
  • Covers all pertinent topics in the NCETM, NCETMB and FSMTB exams.