Managing Physical Stress with Therapeutic Massage 1st Edition
Jeffrey Forman
ISBN-13: 9781418014896 | ISBN-10: 1418014893
© 2007 | Published |  432  Pages

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With a growing number of individuals seeking massage treatment to relieve physical stress, massage therapists and other relevant health professionals must have a basic understanding of how to appropriately manage these increasing client demands. Managing Physical Stress with Therapeutic Massage is the only book available that addresses how health professionals can utilize massage therapy to identify and manage client physical stress. Designed around the innovative Personal Stress Inventory, this highly visual resource provides specific techniques, assessment, and troubleshooting tools to identify, track, and reduce physical stress. With step-by-step procedures covering everything from developing an anti-stress plan, to breathing techniques for stress reduction, to performing self massage, this book is sure to be an indispensable resource for massage and allied health professionals in a variety of practice settings.

  • Acknowledgements
    Chapter 1 Massage Therapy: A Healthy Alternative for Reducing Stress
    Chapter 2 Assessment Techniques for Measuring Stress
    Chapter 3 Developing an Anti-Stress Plan
    Chapter 4 Breathing for Relaxation
    Chapter 5 Improve Posture to Reduce Stress
    Chapter 6 Exercising to Reduce Stress
    Chapter 7 Stretching your Client
    Chapter 8 Deep Relaxation: The Art of Doing Nothing
    Chapter 9 Helping your Client Sleep
    Chapter 10 Relieving the Pains of Stress
    Chapter 11 Diet and Stress
    Chapter 12 More Tips for Managing Stress

    • Engaging and friendly writing style makes this an interesting and enjoyable resource.
    • An outstanding section on therapeutic exercises for both clients and massage therapists provides specific techniques for immediate use.
    • Highly visual with gorgeous black and white photography to illustrate specific massage techniques.
    • Reproducible forms can be used in clinical practice to evaluate and track client progress.
    • Critical chapters on improving posture to reduce stress, helping your client sleep, and the important relationship between diet and stress help professionals focus on the total individual when developing individual treatment plans.
    • Clearly written, easy to follow and very thorough, the book will a valuable companion to students and practitioners.”

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    • Jeffrey Forman, M.Ed., Ph.D., is Instructor in Adapted Physical Education and Massage Program Director at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. He is a frequent presenter at the AMTA Council of Schools annual meeting and is on the Planning Committee for the 2005 AMTA Council of Schools meeting. Forman first learned about massage when he studied adapted physical education (physical education for the physically limited) at Springfield College in Massachusetts. After receiving a doctorate in human behavior with a focus on stress reduction, Forman first worked at Palo Alto Veteran’s Hospital and then was hired by De Anza in 1978 to head its adapted physical education program. Forman established the massage therapy program at De Anza in 1992, making De Anza the first community college in California to offer a state-accredited massage therapy program.