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Foreword Contributors Acknowledgements Preface Section 1 A Framework for Massage Practice 1: Philosophies, principles and definitions 2: History of massage 3: Massage and it's role in an integrative health care model 4: The importance of touch Section 2 The Professional Therapist 5: Scope of practice, ethics and law in massage therapy practice 6: Defining boundaries in the client practitioner relationship 7: The evidence for massage therapy Section 3 Preparing for Massage Practice 8: The massage setting 9: Self care for the massage therapist 10: Infection control in massage therapy practice Section 4 Making Initial Contact with the Client 11: The health assessment process 12: Precautions and safe practice for massage 13: Pharmacological considerations for massage therapy practice Section 5 Providing the Massage Treatment 14: Body mechanics for the practice of massage 15: Positioning and draping the client 16: The techniques Swedish massage 17: Applying massage in practice Section 6 Massage for Specific Client Groups 18: Massage for clients with special needs 19: Massage during pregnancy 20: Massage for infants Appendix 1 Anatomical terminology Appendix 2 The human skeleton Appendix 3 Overview of the muscular system Glossary

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