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Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage Paperback – 22 April 2008
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- Publisher : Mosby; 4th edition (22 April 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 832 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0323048617
- ISBN-13 : 978-0323048613
- Dimensions : 21.59 x 3.18 x 27.31 cm
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I found the book a superb introduction to the massive world of bodywork and touch therapies. Cautions and contraindications to massage therapy -- and therapist and client interactions -- are provided for easy identification. The list of conditions that massage may ameliorate that Sandy Fritz has gathered evidence for is very impressive.
For instance the studies done at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine have shown that massage produces very beneficial effects upon the nervous system, the endocrine system, the immune system, and neurotransmitter levels. In fact across decades of studies, decreases have been noted in anxiety, depression, and stress hormones with increased alertness and better performance of cognitive tasks at the same time (making us more creative and think more clearly). The pressure stimulation associated with massage increases vagus nerve activity, which in turn lowers physiological arousal and stress hormones such as cortisol. Decreased cortisol levels in turn lead to enhanced immune function.
Massage has always been one of the most natural and instinctive means of relieving pain and discomfort. When a person has sore, aching muscles, abdominal pains, or a bruise or wound, the instinctive impulse is to touch and rub that part of the body to obtain relief. The fastest growing segment of our population is those over 80 years of age. Many elderly people are alone and their spouses have passed away and their families are busy with their own lives. I have seen profound improvements in both physical and emotional health for the elderly in their interactions with massage therapists.
Massage professionals are the experts in this kind of healing touch, and their work is highly beneficial and recommended. This book covers it all and may come to be considered a classic in the field. Highly recommended.
-- Dr. Scott Cuthbert, author of Applied Kinesiology Essentials: The Missing Link in Health Care (2013), and Applied Kinesiology: Clinical Techniques for Lower Body Dysfunctions (2013).
Though it is an impressive text, it cannot cover every technique and is weighted toward the author's preferences, so I would not rely on it alone. It is also quite wordy - covering every detail in triplicate which makes skimming or retrieving a particular piece of information difficult.
The DVD is useful and well-done, giving a visual of the written techniques.
This is not a "do your own family massage" handbook. It is a comprehensive text on therapeutic massage and well worth the textbook price.