Tappan's Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques, 5th Edition
©2010 |Pearson | Out of print
Patricia J. Benjamin, Ph.D.
©2010 |Pearson | Out of print
Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques has long been know as the book that “started it all”. It was the first major textbook to present a broad collection of massage techniques for bodyworkers to learn and apply. Continuing with the book’s trailblazing roots, the spirit in creating the fifth ediion was to publish the “next generation” learning tool.
AT it's core, Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques provides students a firm foundation in basic Western massage techniques, while exposing them to a variety of other manual therapies. Through a very visual presentation, students learn the techniques and skills that they will use in their career as a massage therapist
Nearly 800 full-color illustrations highlight the new edition, providing first-class reinforcement for todayís visual learners. The photoreal style is clear, focused, and details, without the background distractions of actual photographs.
Case for Study
Real-world critical-thinking scenarios that breathe life into the theoretical material by challenging readers to analyze a situation and solve the problem.
Activities that involve observation, role play, creativity, and planning.
Situations that students can analyze and evaluate on a deeper level, by contemplating thoughtful questions, asking intelligent questions, broadening their knowledge base, and making informed decisions.Interactive Glossary
A section that goes beyond the norm by pointing out the relationships among certain terms, offering students a more comprehensive, in-depth study of the language of massage therapy.
End of Chapter Review Features
Learning Outcomes— a checklist of key concepts
Key Terms—suggested exercises for studying and applying essential vocabulary
Memory Workout—a fill-in-the-blank review of main concepts
Test Prep–a multiple-choice mock exam
Video Challenge–a quiz section that challenges readers to answer questions based on watching a selected segment on the video DVD.
Comprehension Exercises–a series of short-answer questions that key in on important ideas.
For Greater Understanding–suggested field-based activities that employ various learning styles to help readers apply chapter concepts
Practice Sequences with Corresponding Videos
Practice Sequences are step-by-step suggested example applications of the techniques described in the book. Each Practice Sequence is demonstrated in full, vibrant detail on the student DVD that accompanies this text. These video segments can be viewed in class or at home. So that readers can track their progress, the DVD, as well as Appendix D, provides Performance Evaluation Forms for every Practice Sequence.
New exam review section at end of chapter
New case studies throughout provides real-world problem-solving scenarios.
Practical Application exercises involve students in active learning.
New Critical Thinking feature.
The entire textbook is now in full color.
TAPPAN’S HANDBOOK OF HEALING MASSAGE TECHNIQUES
Part I Foundations
Chapter 1 Healing Massage–A Wellness Perspective
Chapter 2 A History of Massage
Chapter 3 The Effects and Benefits of Massage
Chapter 4 Clinical Applications of Massage
Chapter 5 Endangerment Sites, Contraindications, Cautions
Chapter 6 Guidelines for Giving Massage
Part II Western Massage
Chapter 7 Western Massage Techniques
Chapter 8 Joint Movements
Chapter 9 Full-Body Western Massage
Chapter 10 Regional Applications of Massage–Upper Body
Chapter 11 Regional Applications of Massage–Lower Body
Chapter 12 Hydrotherapy/Thermal Therapy
Part III Contemporary Massage and bodywork
Chapter 13 Myofascial Massage
Chapter 14 Trigger Point Therapy
Chapter 15 Lymphatic Facilitation
Chapter 16 Reflexology
Chapter 17 Polarity Therapy
Part IV Forms of Asian Bodywork
Chapter 18 Asian Bodywork Therapy–Theory
Chapter 19 Acupressure Massage Integration
Chapter 20 Qi Gong for Self-Care
Part V Special Populations
Chapter 21 Sports and Fitness
Chapter 22 Mother and Child
Chapter 23 Healthy Aging
Chapter 24 Terminally Ill and Dying
Chapter 25 Seated Massage in the Workplace
Appendix A 25 Forms of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Appendix B Organizations and Publications
Appendix C Massage Licensing Laws in North America
Appendix D Performance Evaluation Forms
Appendix E Health History Forms
Appendix F List of Figures and Tables
Appendix G References and Additional Resources
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Patricia J. Benjamin, PhD, NCTMB, is a licensed massage
therapist, educator, author, and appreciative massage and
bodywork client. She has a deep respect for massage therapy
as an art, science, and wellness practice. She has studied
its traditions and watches for trends in the massage
therapy profession today.
Building on her earlier background in sports and fitness,
Dr. Benjamin graduated from the Chicago School of
Massage Therapy in the mid-1980s. She was drawn to massage
as an active, hands-on therapy whose foundations
dovetail with her former career in health, physical education,
and recreation.After having a full-time massage therapy
practice, she gravitated back to education, first as an
association education director, and then as a teacher and
massage school administrator. Over the years, she has
served on various committees involved in the development
of ethical standards and national certification for massage
therapists, and the accreditation of massage programs.
Dr. Benjamin has taught at the high school and college
levels, and enjoys developing curriculum materials for the
career-oriented courses offered in vocational programs.
She holds master’s and advanced study degrees in education
with a specialty in curriculum development from
Northern Illinois University. A doctorate in recreation
and leisure studies from Purdue University has deepened
her appreciation of the many facets of wellness and
grounded her in a variety of research methods.
Frances M.Tappan approached Patricia Benjamin to
join her as coauthor of Healing Massage Techniques for its
3rd edition (1998). Since Dr.Tappan’s passing in 1999,
Dr. Benjamin has continued to update and improve
Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques, and it
remains a standard in the field today. Dr. Benjamin
authored Professional Foundations for Massage Therapists
(2009) as a resource for students to learn about the profession,
its history, varied competencies, ethics, and business
In her leisure time, Dr. Benjamin enjoys reading historical
fiction and nonfiction, gardening, tai chi and qi
gong, Zen archery, and swimming. Her outdoor pursuits
include hiking, canoeing, and a new interest in birding.
She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
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