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Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapistsby Anne Williams
Synopses & Reviews
The ability to deliver an exceptional and satisfying spa treatment is a special skill for which massage therapists are particularly well suited. Spa treatments today are multi-layered, multi-textured works of art that combine many elements of holistic practice. They are fun to deliver and offer the therapist a creative outlet. Knowledge of spa treatments not only allows massage therapists to offer their clients more options; it gives them a competitive advantage when seeking work in the spa industry.
This textbook guides the massage therapist through each step of delivering a treatment—from a consideration of the indications and contraindications to scope of practice issues, the supplies needed, how to set up the room and practical tips on the specific steps involved. It also provides ideas for massage therapists on how to integrate massage techniques, spa products and enhancing accents, so you can create and deliver unique services.
While wet-room equipment and techniques are discussed throughout the book, the focus is on the delivery of spa treatments in a dry-room setting. This approach allows for the use of spa services in a variety of settings such as a classroom, private practice, and massage clinic or day spa without the need for expensive wet-room equipment.
Spa Bodywork features:
This textbook guides massage therapists through each step of delivering a spa treatment—from consideration of the indications and contraindications to scope of practice issues, supplies, room set-up, specific procedure steps, and ideas for integrating massage techniques, spa products, and enhancing accents. While wet-room treatments are discussed, the focus is on dry-room treatments, which can be delivered in a wider variety of settings.
More than 250 full-color photographs illustrate each technique and treatment. Treatment Snapshot boxes provide a quick overview of the treatment before the detailed step-by-step procedures section. Sanitation Boxes offer clean-up and sanitation tips. Sample Treatments include promotional descriptions, product recommendations, and recipes for creating inviting smell-scapes.
Table of Contents
Overview of the Spa Industry
Preparation for Spa Treatment Delivery
Foundation Skills for Spa Treatment Delivery
Introduction to Aromatherapy for Spa
Spa Foot Treatments
Ayurveda for Spa: An Introduction
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Treatment Design and the Signature Spa Treatment
Careers in Spa
Appendix A: Master List of Essential Oils and Botanical Names
Appendix B: Resources
Appendix C: Ready to Copy Forms
Appendix D: Answers to Chapter Review Questions
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