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Easy massage routines to soothe your baby and communicate love. To a baby, touch is talk, and with these soothing techniques, you and your child can share some of your most fulfilling communicative moments. Calm and comfort your baby from head to toe with a step-by-step full-body massage; discover ways to incorporate massage into your baby's day-to-day routine; and ease common ailments such as colic, teething, and constipation. With expert guidance from a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, explore the physical and emotional benefits of baby massage and enjoy this most intimate way to relax, soothe, and nurture.
This clear, step-by-step guide introduces Tui Na, a Chinese system of therapy that uses massage and manipulation to relieve pain, release tension and treat common ailments. Clear illustrations outline the meridian energy channels and qi (life energy) points, while step-by-step photographs demonstrate each technique. Ideal for improving sporting performance, alleviating executive stress or simply invigorating body and mind, Tui Na can be used on friends, family or colleagues, at home or at work, and is suitable for any age, young or old.
One of the most ancient of healing arts, Thai massage harmonizes the energies of body and mind. By pressing, stretching and manipulating the body, powerful healing forces are released to ease pain and stress, and correct postural alignment. This step-by-step guide teaches a fullbody treatment, highlighting the healing benefits of each technique, and also incorporates work on acupressure points, bringing additional therapeutic effects that will totally transform your Thai massage treatment. There are tailormade routines to ease chronic pain for specific conditions, too. Set your body's natural healing powers in motion!
A tantric massage practice for awakening and honoring male creative
energy and allowing a man conscious, loving contact with his own
What's the best massage for you? Do you just want a quick, relaxing massage, or do you have a specific condition, and need to know which massage therapy will heal it most effectively? Whatever you're looking for, 'The Complete Body Massage Course' is sure to have it. The book features massage treatments to promote general wellbeing and help a wide range of everyday ailments and conditions. The first part of the book details the basics - what to wear, how to set up your work space and oils and lubricants. This is followed by the main part of the book where you will find detailed instructions of 15 of the most popular massage therapies - including Swedish, Thai, Shiatsu and Indian Head Massage. Each one has a full introduction giving the history and the benefits of the therapy and then there are step-by-step colour photographs, enabling the beginner to learn the principles each one. For those who wish to learn more and investigate further the third part offers a range of other therapies in more concise detail. The book ends with a fully cross-referenced symptoms index so readers who wish to try a massage that's ideal for a specific condition or ailment, can find the right massage with the minimum of fuss. 'The Complete Body Massage Course' is the ideal resource book for all those interested in being introduced to the massage techniques available to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.
This is the second edition of a highly successful book, first published in 2008. It is written by a well-known and respected American massage therapist who is both a teacher and a practitioner so knows what the learner needs to know. The new second edition is in full colour (previous edition in 2-colour only) and is highly illustrated with many new photos and line diagrams. New for the second edition: Fully revised and updated content Updated scientific research Inclusion of new treatments, including sensory stimulation foot bath, charcoal pack, hot towel roll, 'the World's Best Back Massage' sequence, local charcoal bath, anti-inflammatory leg wrap, Epsom salt compress, heat lamp, heat-trapping compress Increased coverage of incorporating herbs and essential oils into treatments Increased coverage of hydrotherapy and pain relief Many new case histories More illustrations, including color for the first time More review questions More home hydrotherapy handouts for clients to help them make progress between sessions
A companion volume to the Encyclopedia of Thai Massage, this interactive teaching tool provides an overview of the basic course for classic Thai massage routines. Instructors who have had to create their own study guides will welcome this time-saving accessory, and students will appreciate the thoughtful design that allows room for taking notes, as well as links to images and pages in the original text. Updated with new content and a revamped layout, this handy reference also includes alternate steps from advanced courses as well as a section on Sen lines.
"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.
The sensitive pressure points on the bottom, top and sides of the foot are the key to balancing energy and enhancing healing. Using the art of reflexology, this book shows how to press, knead, and glide along various areas in the foot to improve circulation in corresponding parts of the body. This comprehensive guide teaches the European method of reflexology. Included are: step-by-step instructions for a head-to-toe reflexology session; secrets to spotting imbalance and illness; charts for locating pressure points and stimulating its reflex; Chinese medicine, tai chi exercises, and other treatments that complement reflexology for dozens of health problems; and steps for eliminating toxins and impurities from the body. About the Author Judith Sachs is a health and medical writer, and has served as adjunct professor at the College of New Jersey, teaching stress management and runs workshops and seminars in alternative and complementary medicine. Judith Berger was director of the New Hope, Pennsylvania, and now maintains a private practice in pressure point healing in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
This book helps to strengthen bonds of affection and to discover the secrets of the sexual massage of the ancient Chinese Taoists. You will discover and better get to know the most erotic places on your partner's body, their erogenous zones, and the tricks that awaken their desire and predispose them to pleasure. Chinese erotic massage reunites traditional knowledge of a millennial culture and puts within your reach all the techniques to enjoy a better sex life. You will learn: To discover with your fingers the most sensitive parts of the body through the techniques of acupressure that favor the flow of internal energy The most appropriate massage for every occasion to obtain the best results How to apply the appropriate amount of pressure during a massage And so much more! Learn to let the energy flow through the interior of your body, quiet your mind, and feed the spirit through the caresses. Communicate with your partner and understand your desires without necessarily expressing them out loud; little by little, your sexual life will open itself to a new world full of possibilities!
Scars, Adhesions and the Biotensegral Body - science, assessment and treatment explains the effects of scars and adhesions on the body through the lens of biotensegrity, a concept that recognizes the role of physical forces on their formation, structure and treatment. It includes contributions from specialists in the fields of fascial anatomy, biotensegrity, movement, surgery and other manual therapies. Together they combine to explain why an appreciation of three-dimensional connectivity, integrated body architecture, posture and movement essential to more effective scar management. The potentially disastrous consequences of scars and adhesions to health and well-being must be familiar to virtually every health-care practitioner, yet the causes and the paths to their resolution can be difficult to manage and remain controversial. Even the most innocent-looking scar can generate internal adhesions that cause tissue stiffness, restrictions and functional issues locally and at some distance from the original insult. Scars, Adhesions and the Biotensegral Body takes a comprehensive approach to a better understanding of these complex issues and will be valuable to every hands-on practitioner.
The Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage (5th edition) is the classic text in the massage industry including the essential knowledge and skills needed to become a successful, professional massage therapist, plus the essentials of anatomy and physiology. Essential topics to the industry such as ethics, hygiene, communication skills, and body mechanics are discussed. Full-color illustrations and photographs clearly illustrate techniques and procedures. Classical massage is expanded with clinical techniques including neuromuscular and myofascial techniques, and lymph massage, combined to better serve the client by following therapeutic procedures. Numerous career tracts are explored including massage in a spa environment and athletic massage. A new chapter discusses massage for special populations including pre-natal, infant, elder, critically ill, people with cancer, and hospice. The final chapter has been revised to cover business practices for finding employment or successful self-employment. Benefits: NEW New chapter on massage for special populations including hospice, pre-natal, infant, elder, critically ill, and people with cancer plus lymph massage and clinical skills such as trigger point therapy, neuromuscular techniques and myofascial techniques. Written in a style that is easily understood by the nontraditional reader. Includes full-color photos of techniques. Includes essential anatomy and physiology. Accompanying workbook has exercises in multiple formats to enhance learning. Contains topics to prepare the reader for the National Certification Exam or the State Massage Board exam. NEW New chapter on massage for special populations including hospice, pre-natal, infant, elder, critically ill, and people with cancer plus lymph massage and clinical skills such as trigger point therapy, neuromuscular techniques and myofascial techniques. NEW Now features all full-color Illustrations and photographs, including techn
Drawing from Thai history, cultural studies, Buddhist religion, and yogic practices, as well as a modern understanding of anatomy and physiology, this guidebook bridges the gap between theory and practice while presenting bodywork as it is understood in Thailand--as a therapeutic medical science. Presenting detailed analysis of each step in a Thai massage routine, the history, spiritual traditions, and ethical codes are offered in an engaging, informal style. Numerous photographs and diagrams illustrate the variety of techniques used, and examples of routines for treating specific disorders are discussed. Updated with new layout, photos, and expanded text, this exhaustive handbook is complete with a section on the main energy meridians and diagrams of acupressure points, making it the perfect tool to accompany anyone studying this popular healing modality.
Take control of chronic or recurring pain yourself to achieve life-changing results. New science has revealed the effectiveness of trigger-point massage to target pain - from migraines to back pain to repetitive strain injury. Pain felt in one part of the body can often be traced to knots of muscle and connective tissue elsewhere. By locating and manipulating these "trigger points", you can dramatically relieve pain and prevent its return. With detailed illustrations, learn to identify and locate trigger points accurately, and follow reliable expert advice on how to massage your trigger points for maximum benefit. Experience immediate and long-term relief with regular self-treatment. With this book, leading Harley Street therapist Amanda Oswald brings trigger-point therapy to you in a uniquely accessible package.
Do you feel like connecting emotionally with your partner while giving them a massage? Are you looking to improve your techniques to give your partner a bette rmassage? Does your back hurt from not knowing the best posture to get into when giving a massage on the bed?
In 5 easy steps, Hakim La Rocca addresses these crucial points so that you can feel strong and confident about your ability to give a great massage to your partner.
Having been in the massage industry for well over 8 years, Hakim has identified key points that can transform you into a master and lover of touch. He has worked with a wide range of clients from all different types of backgrounds in sports, dance and business.
This practical guide presents simple and effective massages for busy people. The full-length sequence, which benefits the whole body, and lasts just over an hour, is divided into sections for each area. Each section begins with a diagram of the relevant part of the body to show which muscles are stimulated. The massage strokes are clearly illustrated throughout. If your partner requires a specific type of treatment, chose one of the shorter sessions. There is a 30-minute one to de-stress, concentrating on backs of the legs and the back, a 20-minute one for aching hands, and a 30-minute one for a stimulating body massage. All these are ideal for when you are short of time and need a quick fix. The jacket folds out to form an at-a-glance wall chart for quick reference.
Education is undergoing a vast transformation through the creation of new technologies. While the workbook/journal format might seem low-tech by comparison, it has an important place in acquiring knowledge and skills. A workbook is the original self-paced learning system. Whether a practitioner is beginning to study massage for people affected by cancer or is deepening their practice, learning occurs through a number of directions: self-study, guided clinical lessons with an experienced teacher, supervised hands-on practice with clients, mentoring, and peer support via group interactions. "Medicine Hands", the textbook, addresses the knowledge needed to work safely with these clients. "Medicine Hands Therapist Workbook and Journal" focuses on practicing with the information so that it becomes more ingrained. The workbook and journal uses the following types of activities to build practitioner knowledge: * quizzes * supplemental activities * awareness exercises * reflective questions * ethical dilemmas * touch exercises * case studies. Like "Medicine Hands", the workbook and journal continues the use of the pressure, site and position framework as a core tenet.
Author Tina Chantrey teaches everything you need to know about reflexology to get your life in balance and alleviate common health problems. Beautiful illustrations and a framable poster of key information combined with easy-to-follow instruction make this the perfect go-to reference. Combining multiple areas of bodywork, reflexology involves applying pressure to the hands and feet to produce beneficial changes in the body. The underlying principle behind reflexology is that there are "reflex points" on the feet and hands that are connected to organs and body parts by energy. When pressure is applied to these areas, energy blockages are removed and better health results. Learn reflexology to relieve: Back pain Previous injuries Insomnia Headaches and migraines Digestive disorders Arthritis Hormone imbalances The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects, using expert authors in their respective fields and featuring relevant visual material to smartly and purposely illustrate key topics within each subject. As a bonus, illustrated cards or posters are also included.
Sooth away stress, banish pain, and share the language of touch with the healing powers of massage
What reduces pain, enhances athletic performance, job efficiency, improves the circulation, raises immune efficiency, promotes the healing of tissues, increases the functioning of the skin, enhances focus and emotional balance, and improves appearance? Right, massage So what are you waiting for?
Discover how to knead your way to relaxation and wellness with this fun guide to the art of massage. With the help of numerous step-by-step hands-on photos and illustrations, "Massage For Dummies, 2nd Edition" shows you, move by move, how to harness the healing power of touch. In no time you'll master the basics and learn how to give and receive a therapeutic massage.25% new and expanded content in this editionCovers an array of techniques, from Swedish to Deep Tissue and sports massage to self-massageThe newest strokes and techniques that can relieve specific painful conditions
Hands-on and extremely practical, "Massage For Dummies, 2nd Edition" shows you how to integrate massage and its benefits into your everyday life.
The field of oncology massage is maturing into a discipline with a deeper and deeper body of knowledge. The 3rd edition of Medicine Hands reflects this maturation. Every chapter contains updated information and insights into massaging people affected by cancer. New chapters have been added to cover each stage of the cancer experience: treatment, recovery, survivorship, side effects from the disease, and end of life. These new chapters and organizational structure will make it easier for the reader to find the information needed to plan the massage session for a given client. In addition, a new chapter has been added that focuses on the Pressure/Site/Positioning framework. This is the clinical framework around which the massage session is planned.
Explore the profoundly effective power of touch, guided by the experts at Neal's Yard Remedies. Follow clear, annotated photography to master core massage techniques; understand the key disciplines, from Swedish to shiatsu, reflexology and Thai; and access more that 30 custom treatments to boost wellbeing and treat a range of specific complaints. This complete guide to every aspect of massage is the only reference you'll need.
THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOUR BIRTH BETTER. IT IS FOR EVERY WOMAN AND EVERY TYPE OF BIRTH. 'Siobhan manages to completely demystify hypnobirthing, making it accessible and relevant to all women and all births. This book will be a complete game changer and I will be recommending it to mums-to-be from now on' Sarah Turner, author of The Unmumsy Mum Expert hypnobirthing teacher and founder of The Positive Birth Company Siobhan Miller has made it her mission to change the way women around the world approach and experience birth. Through her teaching she seeks to educate and empower women - and their birth partners - so that they can enjoy amazing and positive birth experiences, however they choose to bring their babies into the world. In this book, Siobhan debunks common myths about hypnobirthing and explains why she believes it can make every type of birth a better experience - from a water birth at home to an unplanned caesarean in theatre. So, what is hypnobirthing? Essentially, it's a form of antenatal education, an approach to birth that is both evidence-based and logical. Hypnobirthing certainly doesn't involve being hypnotised; instead, it teaches you how your body works on a muscular and hormonal level when in labour and how you can use various relaxation techniques to ensure you are working with your body (rather than against it), making birth more efficient and comfortable. Siobhan's advice and guidance will change your mindset and enable you to navigate your birth with practical tools that ensure you feel calm and in control throughout. By the time you finish this book you'll feel relaxed, capable and genuinely excited about giving birth.
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