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Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage, 4e 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0323048613
ISBN-10: 0323048617
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About the Author

Sandy Fritz, MS, LMT is the Owner, Director, and Head Educator of the Health Enrichment Center, Inc., School of Therapeutic Massage. Also in private practice for almost 30 years, Sandy works with a diverse clientele, dealing with everything from stress management massage to physician-referred rehabilitative care upon physician referral. She has developed and supervises a student massage clinic with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. She also provides professional sports massage and rehabilitation for individual athletes, primarily in golf, football, basketball, and baseball. In addition to being published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Sandy is a prominent author of many Elsevier massage therapy resources, including: Sports & Exercise Massage: Comprehensive Care in Athletics, Fitness, & Rehabilitation Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage Mosby’s Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage Mosby’s Massage Therapy Review Mosby’s Curriculum Guide for Massage Therapy Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage Video Series, Volumes 1-4

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Product Details

  • Series: Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage
  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby; 4 edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323048617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323048613
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professional Experience: Website: sandyfritz.info

1979 ' Present, Massage Therapist

Mixed clientele from stress management massage to rehabilitative care upon physician referral and in the mental health field with a psychologist providing support care and education for attention deficient/ hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, fatigue and pain management. Has provided over 30,000 professional massage sessions.

Developed and supervised student massage clinic with the Detroit Lions professional football team.

Continues to provide professional sports massage and rehabilitation for individual pro football, basketball players and golfers.

1985 ' Present, Owner/Director, Health Enrichment Center, Inc.

Provides education for approximately 50 massage students per year as head educator of Health Enrichment Center. Oversees all aspects of business for the school. Designed and developed a compressive curriculum for massage education that includes many innovative concepts in teaching strategies. Provides continuing education programs for massage professionals all over the US and Canada.

Actively teaches 75 percent of the school programs which includes: client assessment, breathing dysfunction syndrome management with massage, chronic conditions management with massage, sports massage, teaching client self- help, communication skills, and professional ethics in entry-level to advanced level education.

1995 ' Present, Consultant

Consults with school owners and directors of massage therapy programs regarding teaching strategies, curriculum development, and administrative structure.

1995 ' Present, Public Speaker, Lecturer, Stress Management Educator

Worldwide public speaker and stress management educator. Provides programs for the public and corporate settings from speaking to a large group such as Financial Business Women Association Programs to working with kids on probation. The education revolves around how massage can benefit the individual, massage trends, what we can do for ourselves, and how to choose effective professional support services in the holistic health area.








Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, International Advisory Board

Awards and Honors:

Star of the Century by Massage Magazine, January 2000


Education:

Central Michigan University, Bachelor of Science, Health Science Concentration, May 1998

Thomas Edison State College, Masters of Science in Management Sept 2001

Personal:

Single mother of three children, ages 39, 33, and 25 and Grandma to one granddaughter age 5

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By debbiehart@DWW.Net on April 20, 2000
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I am owner/director of Silver Sword Massage Academy located in Durango CO. Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage is an excellent text for the beginner student & for the professional requiring a state of the art resource. The latest edition is especially enriched with fine color graphics for optimal visual learning. I refer to these visual aids in my private practice as well, to help educate my clients. The technical information is presented in plain speak and then, through skilled educational writing successfully bridges into the technical language of the health field of massage therapeutics. This book is the cornerstone of our programs. I highly recommend Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage as one of the best comprehensive massage books on the market.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 1, 2005
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Overlong chapters and a choppy writing style make this book difficult to use at times. There is a lot of good information but it is written in such a mannner that re-reading is necessary to clarify the topic of the paragraph. It is written with a tight economical use of words and becomes difficult for the reader to digest the information overload. Could use a little editing. Otherwise a good text. Addendum: After writing my orginal review and going through the book more, I have to state Appendix "A" of this book is a total nightmare. If you need to study pathology, get a different book. I am a licensed, practicing health care professional in the health field for over 15 years. I know pathology. This appendix even confused me, not to mention fellow LMT students who were pulling their hair out trying to sort out the mess of confusion. I finally gave up on it and went to different sources for information on tests we needed to take.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AMY LITTLE on November 29, 2005
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This book is full of requires stuff that every massage student should know. I liked the chapters on hygiene, body mechanics and business practices. The book reads in a pretty technical way. So, yes, it's quite wordy, but it is pretty complete. All in all, one of the needed books to study from for the National Certification Exam. Other required books for Massage National Certification Exam PREPARTION ARE:

Patrick Leonardi's "The Ulitimate Study Guide for the National Certicfication for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork,

volumes 1,2 & 3. This has wonderful questions that helped to keep me on track.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2003
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This book is an excellent reference for massage students. It is well-organized and easy to comprehend. It is good as a knowledge source for information look up on pathology and clinical aspects of massage. However for the National certification test I used the following:
The Ultimate Study Guide for the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Key Review Questions and Answers Vol 1, Vol 2, and Vol 3
Vol 1: isbn: 0971999643
Vol 2: isbn: 0971999651
Vol 3: isbn: 097199966X
Believe me these four books are well worth it for the national certification exam. The last three books were so specific and thorough which prepared me highly for the national exam.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sweet n' Sassy Shopper on June 9, 2008
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This was another required book for my education. My instructor is very happy with it. It is easy to read but the CD enclosed leaves much to be desired. The illustrations could be better, in my opinion, but I don't have anything to compare it to except my own expectations. All in all a good book but it could be improved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reiki Lady Jill on February 9, 2013
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Sandy Fritz talks too much in this book! This is our text for Massage School and it is Sooooooo overwhelming. There is a lot of unneccesary information in this book, but since the tests were based on the book, we had to read it all.

What I am saying is if this is not required reading for your school, don't spend the money on it. It does have very good information in it, but you have to read a lot of useless babble from Sandy Fritz to gleen the good stuff. Overwhelming and boring! Be careful who you mention this to, also. Seems that there are some die hard Sandy Fritz fans out there who will be very upset by this thought....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "gurr22" on January 8, 2004
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Any place you go to study massage will probably get around to recommending Mosby. While the material seems dated, it is exhaustive and really detailed. Anatomical information can be difficult but it gets easier if you plug away. For the committed professional, not the layman.
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Sandy Fritz has done a tremendous job in encapsulating -- in easy to read but deeply scientific writing -- the totality of massage therapy science. The evidence base for massage therapy is growing, and Sandy Fritz' writings on this subject are among the best to be found anywhere. The text is well researched, and the information in this book is as up to date as possible, catching hold and describing easily the latest developments in the growing evidence-base regarding the therapeutic effects of touch. The neurology, physiology, biochemistry, "energetics" (acupuncture and other forms of energy), and human effects of touch are described beautifully.

I found the book a superb introduction to the massive world of bodywork and touch therapies. Cautions and contraindications to massage therapy -- and therapist and client interactions -- are provided for easy identification. The list of conditions that massage may ameliorate that Sandy Fritz has gathered evidence for is very impressive.

For instance the studies done at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine have shown that massage produces very beneficial effects upon the nervous system, the endocrine system, the immune system, and neurotransmitter levels. In fact across decades of studies, decreases have been noted in anxiety, depression, and stress hormones with increased alertness and better performance of cognitive tasks at the same time (making us more creative and think more clearly). The pressure stimulation associated with massage increases vagus nerve activity, which in turn lowers physiological arousal and stress hormones such as cortisol. Decreased cortisol levels in turn lead to enhanced immune function.

Massage has always been one of the most natural and instinctive means of relieving pain and discomfort.
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