Thai Yoga Massage: A Dynamic Therapy for Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Energy by Kam Thye Chow (Healing Arts Press) 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 and 3 color charts showing practitioners the sense energy lines.
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 addition of color charts showing sen energy lines make this edition of Thai Yoga Massage an even more valuable tool for massage therapists, physical therapists, yoga practitioners, and others in the somatic arts.
Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodywork Third Edition by Deane
Juhan (Station Hill Press) This
updated, reader-friendly yet scientifically reliable and detailed introduction
to the human body is ideal for use by massage therapists, bodyworkers, and the
Possibly the most
famous and widely used resource in therapeutic bodywork (required for national
massage therapy certification), this beautifully written, detailed, and
reader-friendly picture of how and why the body responds to touch is both
scientifically reliable and inspiring. Furthering the presentation of recent
research in biochemistry, cell biology, and energy medicine in the Second
Edition, this new update includes advances in neurophysiology and physics,
reconfiguring knowledge of mind and body, from "microgenesis" to "quantum
consciousness." A rare book that fits general reader as much as professional and
The central galvanizing discovery for Juhan came when
reading the clinical literature is the startling fact that no infant mammal
can survive without enough tactile input. Zoo keepers and farmers have long been
aware of this, and have conscientiously supplied that input if the mother could
not. But there has been very little awareness of such a thing in the general
population, and the principle has not been certainly not applied in any
systematic way to infant care and child-rearing in our culture.
Juhan’s compulsive curiosity about the power of touch and its therapeutic significance was not to any agree laid to rest by the publication of earlier editions of Job's Body. In fact the kind of clinical evidence that surfaced during his research for the book, and the themes he found developing during the writing, have continued to be intriguing for him.
Touched by the Goddess by Deane Juhan (Station Hill
Press) continues his reflections, especially on the ethics of touch, one of the
critical issues facing therapeutic touch. What happens to children when no
distinction is made between beneficial and harmful touching? Why do we continue
to fear pleasurable contact, despite the proven necessity of touch to human
survival? Could it be that learning to touch each other in healing, positive
ways is indispensable to productive change in society as a whole? On the
sociological as well as the biological level, this handbook is a primer not just
for body workers but for conscious living.
What begins as an attempt to account for the effectiveness
of touch and movement therapies has led Juhan to a very different view of the
nature and development of the human organism and society. Juhan had assumed
that bodywork--and all the processes it can animate within us--could be shown to
be a viable way out of many painful and pathological conditions. Now he is
convinced that this is hardly the surface of what touch can do and of what we
can learn from it.
Compassionate, nurturing touch has become alarmingly rare
in almost all contexts of modern life. There are far more regulations
restricting physical contact than there are educational pursuits that might
show us how to develop and use it. The result of this cultural condition is that
we as a people are not only "out of touch" with ourselves and one another, but
also out of touch with many of the forces that shape us and misshape us. And as
this absence erodes each of us individually in various ways, it also undermines
the physical and psychological foundations that could give more daily
satisfaction and functional coherence to our social interactions. Friends,
lovers, families, communities, schools, corporations, churches-even
legislatures can all benefit in incalculable ways from the grounding, the
bonding, and the trust that only honest, actual contact can create. A simple,
brief handshake is used to convey friendliness. If we as persons and society can
manage to take acceptable touch beyond that, our contact might convey a great
deal of good grounding in sympathy and care.
Effective touch is not just a way out of much of our physical or emotional pain, Juhan asserts. It is also a way out of the isolation so endemic in our culture, and out of many of the interpersonal, social and philosophical cul-de-sac which that isolation has produced. In the end, touch is far more than therapeutic; it is communicative, and has the power to communicate dimensions of ourselves and our intentions that simply cannot be passed on in any other way. This language of touch and all it has to teach us must be added to our social currency before its absence bankrupts us as organisms. The only genuine escape from the labyrinths of solipsism is direct contact, and this escape through contact is one of the chief pleasures of being human.
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