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The Emergence of the Massage Therapy Profession in North America: A History in Archetypes eBook

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Product code: 37

By: Patricia J. Benjamin, Ph.D., L.M.T.
Soft Cover 7.5" x 9 "
628 pages + indexes; ~700 illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-9878956-5-3

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New from Curties-Overzet Publications! This important book recounts the emergence of massage therapists as health professionals in North America from colonial times to the turn of the 21st century. This is a sweeping history, offering a lively cast of characters, intriguing ideas, curious beliefs, and passionate hopes for the health and wellbeing of humanity. It is for anyone interested in natural health and healing, wellness, complementary and alternative medicine, and integrative health care.

Accompanying its exceptionally well-informed text is a treasury of more than 700 illustrations: images of the past that are a substantial addition to the historical record.

Deepen your understanding and appreciation of massage therapy’s history and the forces that have shaped it, not only through its European heritage and the spirit and circumstances of the New World, but also those more recent global influences that have further enriched the profession.

Table of Contents

Preface  vi

Chapter One History in Archetypes   1

Chapter Two Caregiver, Old Woman, Nurse   13

Chapter Three Midwife, Bonesetter   33

Chapter Four Rubber   59

Chapter Five Medical Gymnast   75

Chapter Six Masseuse/Masseur   109

Chapter Seven Magnetic Healer   167

Chapter Eight Bath Attendant   197

Chapter Nine Drugless MD   275

Chapter Ten Physiotherapist, Physical Therapist   343

Chapter Eleven Swedish Masseuse/Masseur   407

Chapter Twelve Bath Attendant   477

Chapter Thirteen Massage Therapist   553

About the Author  628

Illustrations Index  630

Index   657

About the Author
Patricia J Benjamin, PhD is a licensed massage therapist, educator, and author who has been researching and writing about the history of massage therapy for three decades. She holds a doctoral degree from Purdue University in leisure studies with a concentration in historic preservation. After graduating from massage school in the early 1980s during a period of dynamic growth in the profession, she became intrigued by stories of its earlier days. She is a former AMTA National Historian and periodically writes about massage history in Massage Therapy Journal to enlighten and inspire with stories about the profession’s past. Her extensive collection of old books, devices, and other artifacts related to the profession, enhanced by invaluable sources now available on the Internet, have made this panoramic view of the history of the massage therapy profession in North America possible. Dr. Benjamin is also author of the entry-level text Tappan’s Handbook of Massage Therapy: Blending Art with Science, 6th edition..