This best-selling text teaches students and practitioners the essentials of body mechanics they need to know in order to care for themselves while practicing massage therapy. The text is written in a practical, playful, and friendly manner and integrates kinesthetic, cognitive, and environmental elements.
Featuring over 200 full-color illustrations, this edition builds on the Second Edition by assisting manual therapists in becoming involved in developing a self-care strategy. Each chapter starts with a brief narrative explanation of a movement, followed by hands-on exercises, self-observation exercises, self-care and injury prevention tips, and client education tips. Appendices discuss successful body mechanics for spa therapy, transferring clients, and floor work, and present troubleshooting and preventive strategies for common repetitive stress injuries.
A companion Website offers fully searchable online text and video clips that demonstrate proper technique.
Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Developing Body Awareness Chapter 2 Preparing Your Environment for Healthful Work Chapter 3 Preparing Your Body and Mind for Healthful Work Chapter 4 Protecting and Using the Tools of Your Trade Chapter 5 Standing Chapter 6 Sitting Chapter 7 Bending Chapter 8 Lifting Chapter 9 Pushing and Pulling Chapter 10 Applying Deep Pressure Appendix A Adjusting Your Body Mechanics for Spa Therapy Appendix B Working with Hand-Held Tools Appendix C Maintaining Flexibility and Strength Appendix D Suggested Readings Index