Now effective high-energy massage techniques are easy for anyone to learn! In Performance Massage Robert K. King, former National President of the American Massage Therapy Association, explains massage therapy for athletes, dancers, and other physically active people. Coaches and fitness professionals will also find this book to be a valuable reference.
Even if the reader has never given or received a massage, this book makes it easy to do! The book is loaded with over 150 color photos that guide the reader step-by-step through all of the skills needed to do Performance Massage with a training partner.
Performance Massage is different from popular relaxation or medical massages in several ways. First, it features a unique combination of muscle stretching and high-impact massage techniques designed to enhance athletic and artistic performance, reduce and prevent injuries, and complement an active lifestyle.
Second, unlike the complicated sequences of traditional massage, Performance Massage teaches specific, easy-to-learn skills that encourage a personalized, ""hands-on"" approach. Both hands feel for problem areas in the recipient's muscles and use massage to:
-stretch and unwind tight areas,
-spread muscle fibers and nourish muscle fibers,
-decongest and oxygenate muscles, and
-reduce tension and increase flexibility. Finally, because therapeutic massage applies direct pressure--not surface strokes--to muscles, lubricants are not needed. Readers will also appreciate that clothing stays on and is considered an additional layer of skin to work through.
It's easy for readers to insert these massage techniques into their exercise routines. The book also shows readers how to combine specific techniques to develop a Warm-Up Massage, Cool-Down Massage, and Maintenance Massage. The techniques require less than 30 minutes to perform and are ideally suited to the fast-paced schedules of athletes, dancers, and physically active people.
In addition to the basic skills and techniques for therapeutic massage, the book features detailed instructions for a whole body massage. It also includes reference information on equipment, touching skills, receiving a massage, and the benefits of ongoing Performance Massage.
Performance Massage can easily be incorporated into anyone's fitness regimen. It's a great way to enhance muscle fitness and improve performance!
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introducing Performance Massage
Chapter 2. Performance Massage: Just Right For Active People
Chapter 3. When To Use Performance Massage
Chapter 4. Preparing For Performance Massage
Chapter 5. Techniques Of Performance Massage
Chapter 6. Head-to-Toe Massage Sequence
Appendix A: Resources
-Massage Table Manufacturing Companies
-American Massage Therapy Association
-General Massage Reading
Appendix B: Anatomical Information
"I think it's great that now there's a book that teaches people how to do the kind of massage that will help them take care of their muscles. I hope you'll take the time to learn the techniques in Performance Massage and use them as a regular part of your workout program or activity schedule. Your body will thank you!"
4-time winner of the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon
"Performance Massage is an excellent primer on giving massage to weekend warriors, serious athletes and all fitness participants. . . . The "no oil" approach described in Performance Massage is practical and effective, and simplifies massage technique for easy learning."
Patricia J. Benjamin, PhD
Massage Therapy Educator, American Massage Therapy Association