Traditional Indian Techniques for Balancing Body and Mind
Paperback ISBN: 0892814896
Ayurvedic Massage is the first book on the subject, and the first new massage therapy introduced to the West since shiatsu. One of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, Ayurveda views the human being as intimately connected with the environment and all other life forms. Ayurvedic massage works on both the physical and mental levels, transmitting a life-giving energy that assists all systems of the body to repair and renew themselves. Practitioners concentrate on the marmas, subtle energy points that respond to gentle physical manipulation, and work with the needs of the different body types. The author guides both the novice and experienced practitioner through each step in the full body massage and explains which oils work best for particular body types. â€¢Â Â Includes massage techniques for expectant mothers and their babies. â€¢Â Â Outlines techniques and natural remedies for treating specific disorders, including arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, and insomnia. â€¢Â Â Offers a complete guide to the traditional forty-day beauty treatment as practiced in India, and includes recipes for massage oils, facial creams, and beautifying clay baths. Â
Thai Yoga Therapy for Your Body Type
An Ayurvedic Tradition
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0892811846
Integrates the traditional healing arts of Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Massage to restore the body, mind, and spirit, explaining how to determine a person's Ayurvedic body type with hands-on techniques for working with them. Original.
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.
Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain
The Mind-Body Connection
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1594773238
A guide to coping with fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome • Reveals how to deal with each disorder and how treatments can interact or aggravate if more than one disorder is present • Offers techniques to dispel the side effects created by these illnesses Fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome are often seen as interchangeable conditions, a belief held even by many health care providers. Nothing could be further from the truth--however, they do often coexist. Knowing if more than one of these disorders is present is extremely important because the treatment for one of them can often exacerbate the problems caused by the others. Written by a registered nurse and a psychologist who has been treating these conditions since 1994, this book presents an integrative medical approach to these three disorders with a strong emphasis on utilizing and strengthening the mind-body connection to restore well-being. The authors provide a thorough guide to numerous treatment options--from diet, exercise, and herbs to mindfulness meditation, chi kung, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They also offer techniques to dispel the “brain fog” that these disorders often create and show how to overcome the resultant obstacles to effectively communicating with your doctor. The additional information included on the psychological issues that accompany these chronic pain disorders allows this integrative treatment guide to open the door not only to physical recovery but also emotional and mental well-being.
A Self-Help Guide
Paperback ISBN: 0892816414
This guide to the effective use of acupressure can treat a wide range of conditions, from migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome to tennis elbow and tendonitis. Designed for individuals seeking to alleviate their own physical ailments, these easily mastered methods use deep finger and thumb pressure over acupuncture points to enhance the natural energy flow of the body.
The Tui Na Manual
Chinese Massage to Awaken Body and Mind
Paperback ISBN: 1620557495
A full-color, illustrated guide to Chinese tui na massage techniques for whole-body health • Demonstrates each of the 15 unique Tui Na techniques with rich full-color photos and step-by-step instructions • Explains how to use qi-points to treat conditions in close proximity to the points as well as enact healing in tender or injured regions through the use of distant points • Details how to use Tui Na in all ages to release stress, re-energize the body, invigorate the mind, and relieve pain, sciatica, headache, sports injuries, and other common ailments Tui Na, which means “grasp and push,” is a Chinese system of therapy that uses massage and bodywork manipulation to relieve pain, release tension, and treat common ailments. Often practiced in conjunction with acupuncture and Chinese herbalism, Tui Na is also used as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony and stimulate the overall flow of qi, or vital energy, throughout the body. The leading authority on Tui Na in the West, with years of study in China, Indonesia, and Thailand, Maria Mercati combines the individual techniques of Tui Na into an easy-to-use method for whole-body health. Providing rich full-color photos with step-by-step instructions, she demonstrates each of the 15 unique Tui Na techniques, showing clearly where to place your hands as well as offering clear diagrams of the meridian energy channels and more than 100 powerful qi-points, where qi energy can be directly affected to restore balance and harmony. She explains how to use the qi-points to treat conditions in close proximity as well as enact healing in tender or injured regions through the use of distant yet connected qi-points. The author details how to use Tui Na treatments to relieve neck, shoulder, and back pain, sciatica, headache, and many other common ailments, treat sports injuries, and improve athletic performance. She also shows how it can release stress, re-energize the body, and invigorate the mind, as well as provide healing massage for adolescents, the elderly, and babies. Offering a healing method that requires no special equipment and is simple enough to do at home or in a chair at work, this fully illustrated guide provides a hands-on program to help yourself and others find whole-body health.
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.Â
The Thompson Method of Bodywork
Structural Alignment, Core Strength, and Emotional Release
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1620556642
"An illustrated manual for using physical movement and alignment to resolve chronic pain and tension and work with the emotions Includes 62 exercises to work with emotions through the body and support the neck, shoulders, lower back, feet, and overall posture as well as breathing and voice Explains how to listen to the body's signals to discover our physical and emotional blindspots--the weaknesses and misalignments at the root of our discomfort Draws on Zen shiatsu, Rolfing, yoga, and Gestalt psychotherapy to explain how transformation of physical structure corrects imbalances in the unconscious mind Developed by Cathy Thompson through her many years as a bodywork therapist, the Thompson Method incorporates Zen shiatsu, Rolfing, yoga, and Gestalt psychotherapy to heal pain in the physical body both through bodywork and by recognizing the emotional blockages that often underlie chronic pain, tension, and poor alignment. In this practical manual, Thompson and her protege-daughter Tara Thompson Lewis provide a deep understanding of body mechanics and how to work with emotions through the body. They explore how to listen to the body's signals to discover our physical and emotional blindspots--the weaknesses and misalignments at the root of our discomfort--and explain how transformation of your physical structure can correct imbalances in the unconscious mind caused by repressed memories and emotional traumas. Offering illustrated instructions for 62 corrective alignment exercises, the authors show how torelease body tensions, realign the body's dynamic structure, work with the deep postural muscles, and support the neck, shoulders, lower back, and feet to strengthen the emotional and physical body as well as improve singing, dancing, yoga, and posture while sitting at the computer. They also explore breathing and bodywork practices to release the vocal mechanism and free the voice for more fluid and powerful self-expression. By recognizing and releasing the deeper emotional triggers beneath our physical complaints, the Thompson Method allows you to resolve chronic pains, increase body awareness and free movement, and create the foundation for good health and well-being"--
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 Dubistsky 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.