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The Ethics Of Touch: The Hands-on Practitioner's Guide To Creating A Professional, Safe And Enduring Practice
The Ethics Of Touch
The Hands-on Practitioner's Guide To Creating A Professional, Safe And Enduring Practice
Paperback      ISBN: 1882908406

This groundbreaking work on ethics directly addresses the difficult, confusing and seldom-discussed-but-often-troubling dilemmas confronting touch therapy practioners. It honestly describes issues: identifying clear principles; naming specific resources; and using stories straight from the treatment room. It includes reflective exercises and questions allowing the reader to personalize each chapter and outlines practical steps to meet high expectations. This book belongs in the office of every somatic practitioner and in the classrooms of every professional training school.

Secrets of Reflexology
Secrets of Reflexology
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 178240466x

Derived from methods of foot massage used in some ancient societies, reflexology as we know it today was popularized in the 20th century. It involves the application of pressure to specific energy zones of a subject's feet and hands by a practitioner, to pinpoint and treat health problems. If the flow in a zone is blocked or out of balance, it could affect the part of the body that particular reflex area relates to. Using this pocket guide, learn to identify the longitudinal and transverse zones in the feet and hands, and how to apply pressure to specific points in order to alleviate physical symptoms, promote energy flow around the body, and encourage good health.

Reflexology for Beginners: Healing Through Foot Massage of Pressure Points
Reflexology for Beginners
Healing Through Foot Massage of Pressure Points
Paperback      ISBN: 0738700983

You can treat specific ailments and promote overall wellness with reflexology. This natural, time-proven healing practice is as simple as gently massaging specific areas of the foot to balance, cleanse, and renew your energy.

This friendly introductory guide includes practical advice, case histories, and illustrated, step-by-step instructions. Reflexology for Beginnersmakes it easy for anyone to immediately begin to enjoy the mental, emotional, and spiritual healing aspects of reflexology:

  • Increased energy and heightened awareness
  • A sense of inner peace
  • Deeper intuitive wisdom
  • Increased ability to deal positively with stressful situations
  • A general feeling of being more whole, healthy, and happy
Thai Yoga Massage: A Dynamic Therapy for Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Energy
Thai Yoga Massage
A Dynamic Therapy for Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Energy
Paperback      ISBN: 0892811463

A paperback edition with DVD featuring a unique massage therapy that combines stretching, breath work, assisted yoga postures, and pressure point therapy

- Text includes more than 125 black-and-white photographs of instructional postures

- DVD features author demonstrating techniques for performing a one-hour massage

In the temples of Thailand many centuries ago, a dynamic bodywork therapy based on yoga, ayurveda, and the martial arts was born. In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage, the practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures while palming and thumbing along the body's energy lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system, and balances the body energetically.

In this paperback edition of Thai Yoga Massage, Kam Thye Chow not only leads readers through every aspect of this ancient bodywork therapy using more than 125 detailed, step-by-step photographs, but he also demonstrates the techniques for performing a one-hour massage in the accompanying DVD. Kam Thye Chow is one of the world's foremost practitioners and has taught massage in Thailand and throughout Europe and North America. With this text and DVD set, his personal training is now available for those who wish to see the techniques demonstrated live as a complement to the points discussed in the text.
The Reflexology Manual: An Easy-To-Use Illustrated Guide to the Healing Zones of the Hands and Feet
The Reflexology Manual
An Easy-To-Use Illustrated Guide to the Healing Zones of the Hands and Feet
Paperback      ISBN: 0892815477

An ancient therapy used in China, Egypt, and India, reflexology provides effective, holistic treatment for both common and more serious disorders. According to reflexology, the hands and feet are microcosms of the body, containing points or zones that relate to individual glands, nerves, muscles, and organs. Reflexology harnesses the body's healing energy by stimulating specific pressure points on the hands and feet, alleviating the energy blocks that can cause pain or disability and restoring optimum health. In The Reflexology Manual, the practical text guides the reader in mastering these self-help techniques, and color photographs illustrate a full reflexology treatment step by step.

Full-color illustrations throughout.

Detailed diagrams of pressure-point zones on the hands and feet.

Clear explanations of how to work with the energy meridians.

Ideal for beginners as well as experienced students of reflexology.
Thai Yoga Therapy for Your Body Type: An Ayurvedic Tradition
Thai Yoga Therapy for Your Body Type
An Ayurvedic Tradition
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0892811846

A form of Thai Yoga Massage that focuses on the three Ayurvedic body types

- Explains how to determine a person's Ayurvedic body type and provides hands-on techniques for working with them

- Brings the practices presented in Thai Yoga Massage to a new customized level of therapeutic healing

The traditional healing arts of Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Massage have a deep and integrated relationship that provides an unparalleled modality for restoring body, mind, and spirit. Although it originated in India, over the centuries Ayurveda has been assimilated into the predominant Thai culture and has evolved into a distinctive folk medicine. With the growing popularity of Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Massage, there is a renewed interest in reuniting these practices into a powerful therapeutic alliance.

Thai Yoga Therapy for Your Body Type bridges the practice of Thai Yoga Massage with its ancient Ayurvedic roots to offer a complete and holistic healing modality. The authors first explain in detail the fundamental principles of Ayurveda and then recommend daily practices for each of the three main body types of vata, pitta, and kapha. Practitioners learn how to customize their work with the appropriate massage approach, recommended yoga asanas, breathing techniques, and diet and lifestyle tips. More than 50 illustrated, full-body Thai Yoga Massage postures are presented as well as a massage flow for each body type. The authors indicate the Ayurvedic benefits of each posture and detail any precautions that should be followed in this dynamic practice of transformative healing.
The Handbook of Chinese Massage: Tui Na Techniques to Awaken Body and Mind
The Handbook of Chinese Massage
Tui Na Techniques to Awaken Body and Mind
Paperback      ISBN: 0892817453

For the first time in the West, Chinese tui na massage techniques are brought together in an easy-to-use method for whole-body health
The Handbook of Chinese Massage integrates classic Tui Na (meaning push and grasp) techniques used in the Orient for centuries into a revolutionary method for health and well-being. Traditional Chinese massage practitioners use specific individual techniques to treat a wide variety of ailments--techniques demonstrated in this book. But after years of study in China, Indonesia, and Thailand, Maria Mercati has taken these separate techniques and combined them into a whole-body treatment never before seen in East or West. Tui Na massage stimulates the flow of qi, vital energy, in healthy individuals as well as sick ones. It requires no special equipment and is simple enough to do at home or in a chair at work.

The Handbook of Chinese Massage includes step-by-step instructions for each of the fifteen unique tui na techniques, many of which are unfamiliar to Western massage practitioners.

More than 100 color photographs and diagrams clearly show where to place your hands on the body and where to find the key meridians.
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook
Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1572243759

This is the only self-help book designed to help the layperson to treat themselves for painful trigger points with massage. Trigger point therapy is one of the most intriguing and fastest-growing bodywork styles in the world. Medical doctors, chiropractors, and alternative health practitioners are all beginning to use this technique to relieve the pain of individuals suffering from undiagnosable soft tissue pain-a condition that studies have shown to be the cause of nearly 25 percent of all doctor visits. The technique involves applying a gentle, sweeping stroke to trigger points, places in muscle or connective tissue where a lack of oxygen causes swelling. These points are easily located by general readers and create pain throughout the body in predictable patterns characteristic to each muscle, producing discomfort ranging from mild to severe. The stimulation of the point causes an increase in the oxygen level in the area and often produces instant relief.

The first edition of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook has made a huge impact in the use of this dynamic technique. This is the first major revision of the overnight classic, a complete update that includes new information specifically for massage professionals as well as a detailed discussion of progressive muscle relaxation techniques that can reinforce the therapeutic power of trigger point work.

Applied Kinesiology: Muscle Response in Diagnosis, Therapy, and Preventive Medicine
Applied Kinesiology
Muscle Response in Diagnosis, Therapy, and Preventive Medicine
Paperback      ISBN: 0892813288

A practical and reliable diagnostic tool that has emerged over the past twenty-five years, kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of bodily motion, especially muscle movements and their relationship to our body systems. Viewing the body as a balanced triad of structure, chemistry, and mentality, applied kinesiology gauges muscle response to pinpoint underlying physical problems. Within 30 minutes, a competent kinesiologist can evaluate bodily functions and provide a readout on the workings of the glands, organs, lymphatic system, circulatory and nervous systems, circulation, and muscle-bone structure. Applied Kinesiology demonstrates how this technique can be of practical use for everyone.

Healing Energy of Your Hands
Healing Energy of Your Hands
Paperback      ISBN: 0895947811

THE HEALING ENERGY OF YOUR HANDS demystifies the art of healing. Beginning with a basic explanation of the nature of healing energy, illness, and the role of the mind in the healing process, Bradford offers techniques so simple that anyone, even a child, can work with healing energy. The author's intention is that anyone using his book can awaken his or her natural healing talents quickly and easily.

Topics include sensing energy, clearing energy blockages, eliminating negative self-talk, using affirmations, balancing the chakras, cleansing the auric field, relieving pain, and creating forgiveness.