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Required by more than 90% of programs.

With easy-to-absorb, widely vetted content, Trail Guide to the Body is the most popular and respected resource for programs educating future massage therapists and bodywork professionals. Authored by instructor and palpatory anatomy expert Andrew Biel, and first introduced twenty years ago, the text has become the industry’s “gold standard” for instruction in surface anatomy and palpatory techniques.

Why teach with Trail Guide to the Body?

Helps students excel on the MBLEx.

Trail Guide to the Body is a highly recommended textbook for state licensing tests. Its practice-focused learning approach, along with comprehensive classroom and out-of-class learning experiences, helps students excel in demonstrating the knowledge and skill needed for becoming a licensed massage therapist.

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Resources to craft dynamic lessons and speed up class prep.

Trail Guide to the Body comes with a powerhouse collection of instructor resources that supports each step of classroom instruction and makes crafting dynamic, deeply engaging classroom materials practically turnkey. You’ll also get free access to tried-and-true ideas and tips to help you successfully teach from the text and capture your students’ attention.

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I learned with this textbook series in 2002 and every print keeps getting better. I use it now in my kinesio class and students are able to navigate clearly, concisely and will utilize the resources again and again throughout their own practice.
Jasmine Kinney, LMP, NCMT
Massage Therapist Instructor, International Institute of Massage Therapy

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Written exclusively for massage therapy students, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology is a cornerstone educational resource for the massage profession. This premier pathology textbook serves up a comprehensive review of the etiology, signs, symptoms, and treatment of more than 500 diseases and disorders.

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Trail Guide to Movement

Author Andrew Biel takes students on a unique and fascinating journey as he helps build — step by step — a human body in motion. Topics include key physiological elements of movement and biomechanical principles.

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