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Introduction Chapter 1: So What Is Massage Anyway? Understanding What Massage Is What Does Massage Do? The History of Massage Massage Today Who Will Use Massage? Relaxation and Massage Chapter 2: The Importance of Touch What Is Touch? Introducing Touch To Others and Ourselves Touching With Compassion Appropriate Touch When Touch Is Inappropriate Light Touch Deep Pressure Chapter 3: The Physical Structure The Skeletal System Makeup of the Muscles The Nervous System The Endocrine System The Workings of the Heart and Blood Lymph and the Immune System The Respiratory System The Digestive System Elimination of Waste The Integumentary System Chapter 4: Getting Started Preparing Yourself When Massage Is Called For When Massage Is Not Called For Tools Used in Massage Appropriate Draping Oils, Creams, or Powders Chapter 5: Basic Massage Strokes First Touch Stroking Touch (Effleurage) Kneading Strokes (Petrissage) Friction Strokes Tapping Strokes Other Basic Strokes Chapter 6: Applying the Strokes: Back Consider the Body Working the Back The Neck and the Back of the Arms The Lower Body The Halfway Point Chapter 7: Applying the Strokes: Front Turning Over Feet and Legs from the Front Massaging the Abdomen The Chest and the Front of the Arms Massaging the Back from the Front The Neck Working the Face, Head, and Scalp Quiet Touch Chapter 8: Understanding and Relieving Stress Stress is the Life Force Dis-stress and Dis-ease How the Mind Influences the Body The Effects of Stress on the Body Release Through Massage Other Relaxation Techniques Chapter 9: Self-Massage Stretching and Breathing Massaging Your Abdomen Shoulders, Arms, and Hands Massaging the Lower Body Lower Back Face, Head, and Neck Close With Chakras Chapter 10: Sports Massage The Concept of Sports Massage The Effects of Sports Massage Techniques for Sports Massage When to Massage Athletes Routines for Sports Massage Understanding Sports Injury Chapter 11: Chair Massage Evolution of Chair Massage In the Office or on the Road Advantages of Chair Massage Techniques for Seated Massage A Chair Massage Routine Chapter 12: Sensual Massage Massage and Intimacy The Benefits of Sensual Relaxation Listen to Your Partner Setting the Stage Techniques for Sensual Massage Create Your Own Routine Chapter 13: Pregnancy and Massage Why Prenatal Massage Is So Important Massage During Labor Following Birth Pregnancy Massage Essentials A Simple Head and Neck Routine Massaging the Body Chapter 14: Infant Massage The Philosophy of Infant Massage The Effects of Massage on Infants Techniques for Infant Massage A Simple Routine Massage and the Older Child Chapter 15: Massage and Aging The Principles of Elder Massage The Effects of Massage on the Elderly Seniors Give Back When Massage is Okay When Massage is Not Okay Techniques and Considerations for Elder Massage Routine for Senior Massage Touch and Dying Chapter 16: Using Massage for Symptomatic Relief Stress Related Issues Problems With the Respiratory System Minor Aches and Pains Chronic Pain Cardiovascular Problems Using Massage for Cancer Patients Massaging Someone with AIDS Chapter 17: Spas for You and Me The Evolution of the Spa Experience What Spas Offer The Application of Water, Hydrotherapy Create Your Own Spa Treatments for Your Home Spa Spa Shopping Chapter 18: Specialized Massage and Bodywork Techniques The Foundations of Oriental Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine The Japanese System Thai Massage Ayurvedic Tradition Other Ancient Traditions The Swedish Method Deep Tissue Massage Chapter 19: Aromatherapy and Chakras The Uses and Benefits of Aromatherapy The Origins of Aromatherapy How to Use Essential Oils Crystals and Chakras Hot Rock Massage Chapter 20: Finding a Professional Therapist All Therapists Are Not Created Equal Choosing the Type of Treatment Looking for the Right Place What to Expect Training in Massage Therapy Appendix A: Glossary Appendix B: Resources Organizations Books Magazines Web Sources
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Massage