Educational Movement Systems

The Therapeutic Kinesiology Story

TK cover

Therapeutic Kinesiology (TK) began as the brainchild of Mark Cohen, the excutive editor for massage at Pearson in 2008. His planned an inclusive text to cover musculosksetal anatomy, kinesiology, and palpation, to compete with both Biel's Trial Guide and Musculino's kinesiology texts, and to have fabulous art.

Since I had just submitted to Mark body mechanics book proposal for massage therapists that was based on kinesiology, I decided to pitch him a kinesiology text with a body mechanics course embedded throughout it.  I was rearing to tackle this challenge because I had spent the last 4 years creating, developing, and launching a 60 hour experiential kinesiology program at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (soon to be reopened by the Naropa Institute). Also, I was jazzed about publishing and educational projects I was doing with Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.

So I submitted a new proposal and Therapeutic Kinesiology was born. Mark got the ball rolling fast! A book this size and complexity usually takes about 7 years. We produced TK in record time! It took only 4 years from inception to actually holding the  book in my hand. Mark hired first-rate editors, artists, and photographers. The combined art of Body Scientific International and photos of the Pultizer prize winning photographer (Rick Giase) created beautiful and realistic illustrations like the cover photo. We were all delighted when TK won the prestigious 2013 American Medical Illustrators Award for Excellence.

Therapeutic Kinesiology is unique in scope because it is actually 3 books in one.   

-- A kinesiology text designed for massage therapy
-- A palpation guide for tissue layering, joint, and muscles
-- A body mechanics program based on kinesiology principles

Therapeutic Kinesiology has over 1200 full color images. All the palpation exercises are illustrated with images similar to the cover. TK offers clear, friendly, and easy-to-read coverage of 

•  bones and muscles
•  the neuromuscular system
•  joint motion
•  bio- and body mechanics
•  posture and gait 

Massage instructors and school owners, consider the many benefits of adopting TK for your classes!  

It can save your school money. Your students will love the art. Plus, its novel approach to experiential learning with body mechanics and muscles activation exercises will keep your learners engaged. Contact Pearson today to find out how TK can serve your educational needs. Also feel free to contact me by phone (720-684-7520), e-mail, or text for more information about how you can use this book in your classrooms. 

FREE Instructor and Student Supplementals Include

•  18 power points for each chapter
•  18 instructor packets for each chapter
•  3 syllabi with testing rubrics for each
•  access to all the art 
•  33 page instructor manual with the 7-principles for smart teaching applications from research done at the Carnegie Institute's Eberly Center for Educational Excellence
•  videos showing palpation and movement in each major body part
•  online study guides and resource for students
•  test questions and answers, including multiple choice and other formats
•  100 muscles with Trigger Point illustrations and narrative for each one


Click here to get more info from Pearson and/or to order

Paperback: 768 pages 
Publisher: Pearson Publishing (2012) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 013507785
ISBN-13: 978-0135077856

Mary Ann Foster, B.A., R.M.T. is a somatic practitioner, educator, and author ofSomatic Patterning (EMS Press, 2004) and Therapeutic Kinesiology (Pearson, 2012). Mary Ann has practiced massage therapy since 1981 and maintains a massage and bodywork practice in Longmont, Colorado. 

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