Dynamic Bodyuse for Effective, Strain-Free Massage

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North Atlantic Books, 2007 - 631 pages
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The most significant cause of early retirement from the massage profession is the cumulative strain on the body developed in the course of performing the work. The explosive growth of this occupation in recent years has been accompanied by an increase in the number of work-induced problems. Practitioners can easily strain their hands, particularly their thumbs, fingers, and wrists, as well as their shoulders and backs.

Written by noted teacher and trainer Darien Pritchard, this useful book explains those aspects of massage that can lead to these problems and shows how to apply pressure in ways that avoid them. The focus is on how to use the body safely and effectively. The author explores the benefits of involving the whole body to generate the power and movement that support the hands, saving the hands by using them skillfully, and conserving them by using other body areas such as the forearms and elbow whenever possible. Featuring 2,000 illustrations, Dynamic Bodyuse for Effective, Strain-Free Massage is essential reading for anyone involved in massage, whether a student, a professional massage practitioner or teacher, sports massage therapist, or aromatherapist.
 

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Contents

My Personal Journey
7
Introduction
9
How to Use This Book
13
Dynamic Bodyuse for Massage an Overview
19
Main Principles
20
Common Problems in Doing Massage
33
Good Working Practices
48
The Massage Dance
69
Using Your Elbow
269
Using Your Knees and Feet
283
Using Your Thigh Shoulder or Hip as a Third Hand
297
Using Your Body To Support Your Working Tools
305
Relaxing Your Shoulders
307
Transmitting Power Through Your Arms
319
Holding Your Head
326
Transmitting Power Up Through Your Trunk
335

Selfmonitoring
84
Feeling Your Way
89
Preparations
101
Massage Equipment
102
Clothing
115
The Practitioners Build and Aptitudes
120
Warmingup and Windingdown
139
Using the Hands the Traditional Tools of Western Massage
157
Looking After Your Hands
161
Taking Care of Your Fingers
188
Protecting Your Thumbs
196
Using Other Parts of Your Hands
205
Using Your Knuckles
214
Using Your Fist
223
Looking After Your Wrists
237
Other Working Tools Handsfree Massage
249
Using Your Forearm
252
Monitoring Your Breathing
349
The Central Role of the Pelvis
361
Generating Power From Your Lower Body
372
Integrated Bodyuse for Massage
401
Bodyuse For Common Massage Strokes
443
Massage Without Oil
483
Percussion Techniques
493
Vibration Techniques
503
Lifting and Stretching Techniques
509
Rhythmical Body Movements Body Rocking and Limb Rolling
528
Varied Working Situations
537
Selfmaintenance for the Practitioner
577
Helpful Approaches
589
Trouble Shooting
612
Bibliography
623
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About the author (2007)

Darien Pritchard, co-director of the Massage Training Institute and executive board member of the General Council for Massage Therapy in the UK, has been training massage professionals for 25 years. The co-author of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology for the Massage Therapist, he lives in Cardiff, UK.

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