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The Heart of Listening, Volume 1: A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work
The Heart of Listening, Volume 1
A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work
Paperback      ISBN: 1556432798

Originally published as a single volume, The Heart of Listening has been re-issued as two separate volumes because of public demand for a more concise, portable edition. Milne, a third generation Scottish osteopath, begins by explaining the visionary approach to healing, and how it may be applied to the realm of craniosacral work. He explains the importance of meditation, centering, and the cultivation of heartfulness in the development of compassionate practice. Milne introduces the reader to the story of visionary work--its genesis, evolution, philosophy, and practice--and explains how a grounding in meditation, sensitive touch, and intuitive perception can lead to a remarkable unfoldment in skill development.

Hot Stone and Gem Massage
Hot Stone and Gem Massage
Paperback      ISBN: 1594772460

A fully illustrated guide to the ancient Hawaiian art of massage with hot stones

- Includes illustrated instructions for each area of the body

- Explains how to combine hot stone massage with gemstone chakra treatment, detailing the specific healing powers of 54 gemstones

- Recommends which base oils and essential oils enhance the effects of hot stone massage

Since ancient times, the people of Hawaii have used hot stones for both physical and spiritual healing. Using basalt stones--fine-grained, high-density volcanic rocks with an exceptional ability to store heat--hot stone massage not only dispels tensions and soothes the soul but also enhances lymph flow, removes toxins, and fortifies the immune system. The treatment causes blood vessels to dilate, leading to improved circulation and consequently improved oxygen, nutrient, antibody, and protective cell supply to the area of the body under the stones and is extremely effective for joint problems, back pain, and sore muscles. Beyond the strictly physical benefits, the massage also stimulates the meridians and chakras, gently dissipating energetic blockages.

This book provides step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions for treatments for each area of the body. The authors then include details on the specific healing powers of 54 gemstones, showing how to further enhance the benefits of hot stone massage with gemstone chakra treatment. For instance, in facial massage, working with amethyst can alleviate headaches and help heal skin blemishes. They also describe the therapeutic benefits of several base and essential oils and recommend specific combinations for hot stone massage. The power of the stones, the warmth of the treatment, and the massage itself unite in this holistic therapy to provide deep relaxation and calm that recharges the body and soul.
The Book of Massage: The Complete Stepbystep Guide to Eastern and Western Technique
The Book of Massage
The Complete Stepbystep Guide to Eastern and Western Technique
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0743203909

A beautifully illustrated introductory guide to the healing powers of a massage, from traditional massage to shiatsu and reflexology.

The Book of Massage is the classic guide to the relaxing and healing skills of the hands. Featuring both Eastern and Western methods, it presents step-by-step, beautifully illustrated instructions on everything from traditional massage to shiatsu and reflexology. The Book of Massage offers easy-to-follow techniques for giving the perfect massage, including advice on creating the right setting and suggestions for using aromatic oils and lotions. Now revised and updated with fresh color photos and drawings throughout, The Book of Massage is a simple and comprehensive handbook that reveals how you can experience the myriad benefits of giving and receiving a soothing massage.
Bodywork Shiatsu: Bringing the Art of Finger Pressure to the Massage Table
Bodywork Shiatsu
Bringing the Art of Finger Pressure to the Massage Table
Paperback      ISBN: 0892815264

For the first time, an expert in the Asian art of finger-pressure massage shifts the practice of shiatsu from the floor to the massage table--increasing the comfort of the patient, conserving the energy of the therapist, and augmenting the effects of the treatment. Skillfully integrating current Western scientific research with traditional energetic concepts and techniques of shiatsu, Carl Dubitsky provides a new perspective on this ancient healing art. His analysis of the muscular anatomy of the points and pathways is unique in Western literature, making shiatsu techniques more accessible and comprehensible to health professionals and bodyworkers of all schools.

BodyWork Shiatsu grounds its discussion of shiatsu in a thorough review of traditional Asian medical theory, explaining the concepts of yin and yang, the five elements, and the flow of life energy, qi, along with the meridians of the body. These concepts form the basis of the health professional's approach to examination and treatment. The heart of the book contains detailed instructions in applying shiatsu to the massage table--from basic finger technique to choosing equipment--with specific recommendations for treating each part of the body. The fruit of the author's many years of immersion in both Eastern and Western systems of massage, BodyWork Shiatsu is an invaluable aid to all those interested in advanced applications of shiatsu as well as those wishing to incorporate basic principles of finger-pressure massage into their health-care practice.
The Body Has Its Reasons: Self-Awareness Through Conscious Movement
The Body Has Its Reasons
Self-Awareness Through Conscious Movement
Paperback      ISBN: 0892812982

In this revolutionary and highly readable book, Th r se Bertherat and Carol Bernstein shatter myths about traditional exercise and health. They introduce movement that is based on a profound selfawareness, freeing us from our limiting attitudes about ourselves and our bodies. Strangers to our own bodies, many of us spend our adult lives suffering from tensions and chronic aches and pains--problems that have no apparent genesis or solution. In repeating habitual patterns of movement, we ignore the range of possibilities available to us, so that the body suppresses and eventually forgets its natural grace and integration. Employing traditional exercises to alleviate the symptoms of a round stomach, a bad back, and muscles that ache after sports, we often force the body to act against itself and perpetuate our discomfort. A physical therapist and teacher of movement in Europe, Bertherat takes the reader through a series of precise, gentle, organic movements. These "anti-exercises" develop the body's range and freedom of movement, releasing constraints and reawakening dormant muscles. By using the appropriate energy for each gesture, they bring relief from a multitude of ills, at the same time awakening the senses and sharpening perceptions. The Body Has Its Reasons offers a realistic alternative to conventional body work that can help you become more efficient, creative, and self-confident. It can increase your intellectual capacity as well as your athletic ability and free you of sexual problems, including frigidity and impotence. No matter what your age, the information in these pages can help you release the beautiful and well-made individual that you were meant to be.

Empowerment Through Reiki: The Path to Personal and Global Transformation
Empowerment Through Reiki
The Path to Personal and Global Transformation
Paperback      ISBN: 0941524841

Reiki is a Japanese term which means "universal life energy" -i.e. the energy that lives in all creation, that is inherent to all living beings and that nourishes them and keeps them alive. This book describes exactly how Reiki energy works, the way it can be used and the effects that can be achieved with its help.

Your Healing Hands: The Polarity Experience
Your Healing Hands
The Polarity Experience
Paperback      ISBN: 0914728490

Introduction to polarity balancing (therapeutic touch) has sold more than 77,000 copies and been reprinted in nine languages.

Right Brain Left Brain: Reflexology : A Self-Help Approach to Balancing Life's Energies With Color, Sound, and Pressure-Point Techniques
Right Brain Left Brain
Reflexology : A Self-Help Approach to Balancing Life's Energies With Color, Sound, and Pressure-Point Techniques
Paperback      ISBN: 0892814322

This self-help guide helps you identify right- or left-brain dominance, and suggests color, sound, and pressure-point techniques to bring both sides into balance.

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.

Total Reflexology: The Reflex Points for Physical, Emotional, and Psychological Healing
Total Reflexology
The Reflex Points for Physical, Emotional, and Psychological Healing
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1594772614

The first complete book of reflexology to incorporate acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy, and the chakra system

- Remaps the entire foot to fine-tune the pressure points

- Explains how to work with the emotional reactions that may be released when physical conditions are treated

- Full-color detailed diagrams provide precise illustrations of pressure points

In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Martine Faure-Alderson takes reflexology to a new level by integrating acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy, and other holistic healing modalities into the practice. From her background as a physician, she brings a scientific precision to using the foot as a map of the body and all of its systems. She then uses her training in alternative therapies to integrate the mental and psychological issues that may accompany physical conditions, providing the first complete holistic approach to using reflexology for physical, emotional, and mental health.

Total Reflexology presents each of the major body systems in turn--from the digestive system to the human energetic system--using 25 full-color newly mapped foot diagrams that provide precise indications of pressure points and their correspondences to all areas of the body. The author also includes her latest work using craniosacral therapy and the role of the cerebrospinal fluid in reflexology as well as how to integrate use of the chakra system. She shows how finely tuned reflexology stimulates the body's self-healing abilities, making this an indispensable resource for the layman and professional alike.