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 Essential Guide to Hot Stone and Aromatherapy Massage
Author: Alison Trulock
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Category: Health & Fitness
Hot stone massage is a unique variant of massage therapy that employs heated stones to release physical tension and calm the nervous system. The stones’ warmth and weight help the recipient focus more intently on the massage, and to be more receptive to its benefits. This superb introduction explains everything about this ancient healing practice, from which stones to choose (color, smoothness, shape, and mineral content matter) to which strokes to use. Along with attractive instructional photos throughout, there’s information on setting up the massage, working different parts of the body, stimulating the chakra points, and alleviating specific symptoms—including muscular aches, back pain, arthritis, circulatory problems, and insomnia.
A full-color guide to crystal massage for healing, energy balance, and stress release in the physical, emotional, and energetic bodies • Illustrates full-body massage techniques with crystal wands, crystal spheres, polished stones, and amber • Details the healing properties of more than 50 crystals and gemstones and how to select the proper one for a specific condition • Explains how to cleanse and recharge crystal, gemstone, and amber after each massage so energies are not transferred from one person to another In this full-color illustrated guide, Michael Gienger, along with contributors Hildegard Weiss and Ursula Dombrowksy, details the energetics and healing properties of more than 50 crystals and gemstones for use in massage. The book explains how to select the proper crystal or stone to aid healing of a specific condition as well as for relaxation and stress release. It illustrates specific massage techniques with crystal wands, crystal spheres, and polished stones that best utilize the crystal or stone’s properties and shows how to perform a full-body massage that works on several levels--physical, ethereal, mental, and spiritual--depending on how the crystals are applied. Explaining how crystals absorb energy and information during a massage, the guide shows how to cleanse and recharge their energetic fields so energies are not transferred from one person to another. It also details how to rebalance and replenish your own energy after giving a massage. The book also includes a detailed chapter on the harmonizing effects of amber massage, complete with a step-by-step illustrated massage sequence. Amber’s unique electromagnetic vibrations make it especially conducive to creating homeostasis in the body and thus a beneficial addition to any crystal or stone massage practice. With this complete illustrated guide, anyone can enhance their massage practice or self-healing through the powerful effects of crystals, gemstones, and amber.
Combines healing crystal therapy with the “organ clock” circadian rhythm of each organ system, based on traditional Chinese medicine • Examines 12 organ systems and the gemstones best suited for addressing their health • Provides the key to understanding the organ clock’s function and its ability to enhance both diagnosis and treatment One of the chief tools in the traditional Chinese doctor’s toolbox is an understanding of the circadian rhythms that govern all the organ systems of the body. In addition to facilitating early and accurate diagnosis, this “organ clock” lets the practitioner apply therapies to the organ’s meridians when they are at their peak functioning point, thereby eliciting the greatest benefit. In this book authors Michael Gienger and Wolfgang Maier have created a simple, yet highly effective self-care treatment system for addressing common health ailments using gemstones and the organ clock. They detail the healing benefits of 83 crystals, indicating the physical as well as emotional, psychic, and spiritual aspects they support in each of 12 major organ systems. For example, the stomach not only receives nourishment for the body, it also fosters the ability to engage in new things in life. Agate and calcite assist this function by giving confidence for new experiences, while aiding in digestion (and processing hard to digest thoughts). Treatments for the stomach should be done between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., the time we typically take in new nourishment after a night of sleep, to receive maximum results. With each body system in turn, the authors explain how to select the stones best suited to address your current health concerns, the times of day they should be used, and how long treatment should last in order to restore optimum health and prevent the onset of future illness.
A guide to the mystery teachings of the mineral kingdom for catalyzing spiritual growth and healing • Focuses on 7 essential crystal and gemstone mentors: obsidian, jade, lapis lazuli, emerald, quartz, amethyst, and diamond • Integrates crystal lore from around the world with mineral science to reveal the archetypal wisdom embodied within each stone • Provides crystal healing exercises and meditations on the specific spiritual work each stone archetype supports Stones and crystals are our most ancient teachers. The relationships between the mineral kingdom and the human kingdom are as old as life itself, for the mineral kingdom--comprised of beautiful crystals, dense rocks, sands, clays, and everything in-between--is the very foundation upon which life developed on Earth. Supporting humanity through the eons, these teachers offer curative and restorative properties for healing as well as powerful guidance to catalyze spiritual growth. Integrating gemstone lore from around the world with modern mineral science, Nicholas Pearson guides readers on a journey into the inner realm of the mystery teachings of the mineral kingdom, a journey that mirrors the soul’s path to perfection. He reveals the archetypal wisdom embodied within 7 essential crystal and gemstone mentors--obsidian, jade, lapis lazuli, emerald, quartz, amethyst, and diamond--examining each stone’s mythological, historical, and cultural associations in tandem with their crystalline structure and chemical composition. He explores each stone’s healing and spiritual properties, providing practical exercises, esoteric revelations, and meditations on the specific spiritual work each stone archetype supports. Obsidian, for example, is the stone of initiation, revealing our shadow side and guiding us to places in need of light. Diamond, the final perfected stone of the seven, illuminates Divine Love, purifying us and leading our consciousness to enlightenment, cutting through any vestiges of fear or illusion because it is the hardest, sharpest, most luminous teacher the mineral kingdom has to offer. Enabling each of us to harness the power of stones for spiritual evolution and healing, this guide to the mystery teachings of the mineral kingdom shows how the ancient call to evolve with the crystals and stones that surround us lives on in an unbroken legacy.
A comprehensive guide to emotional blockages in the energy body and their physical manifestations • Details how emotional trauma, long-term stress, and environmental influences cause energy blockages in the subtle body that affect the physical body • Explores more than 30 specific physical ailments, detailing the energetic origins of each condition and which meridians, chakras, and points are affected • Explains how to interpret and work with energies released in massage and during yoga practice In this comprehensive guide to subtle energy and its associated physical manifestations, Robert Henderson reveals how the discomfort and pain you carry in your physical body is related to the energies of the life you have experienced. The author explains the eight types of subtle energy: Emotional, which carries anger, fear, love, and other emotions; Mental, which affects patterns of behavior, beliefs, actions, and memories; Spiritual, which influences intuition, inspiration, and transcendent states; Sexual, which affects creativity, spontaneity, and excitement; Environmental, which arises from stress at work, tension at home, and other outside influences; Interpersonal, which comes from interactions with family, lovers, and friends; Ancestral, the energy of the lives of your parents up to the time of your conception; and Karmic, the energy of your past lives. Detailing how these energies are drawn in by the chakras and distributed throughout the body by the meridians, the author explains how suffering acute emotional trauma or long-term stress causes negative energies to accumulate in the energy body much like fat deposits. Our physical body reacts to these energy blockages, leading to physical conditions such as closed hips, tight hamstrings, digestive distress, chronic pain, and persistent tension in areas like the shoulders. The author explores more than 30 specific physical ailments, providing the energetic origins of each condition, the exact location of the corresponding energy blockage, and which meridians, chakras, and points are affected. He covers sexual energy in depth, explaining how to handle repressed energy as it is released during yoga or massage. As the author shows, physical ailments caused by the energies of hurtful life events can be healed through massage and yoga, allowing you to become open to the free and spontaneous circulation of energy through the subtle body.
Delmar's Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage CD-ROM is a student product that enhances classroom learning with interactive content mirroring Milady's Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage. With 45 video clips that offer accompanying copy, the CD-ROM provides visual reinforcement of key procedures, such as draping and manipulation, to help students recall correct practices when outside the classroom. The 10 graphical matching exercises feature "click and drag" technology to apply the correct terms to illustrations for the anatomy and physiology section of the text. The glossary not only provides definitions but audio pronunciations of all terms, aiding students and educators alike in the learning process. Students can quiz themselves with the multiple-choice review questions, which offer feedback in the form of rationales for correct and incorrect choices and tracking to assess progress.
From its early emphasis on healing waters, Europe's rich spa tradition has evolved to incorporate different healing practices and therapies-not just from Europe, but from around the world.Spa Style Europeis a comprehensive guide to the intricate tapestry of popular modern spa treatments in Europe and those quality spas where you can enjoy them. Spa Treatments presents the historical, social and cultural background of spas in Europe, and tells you what you can expect from present-day spa treatments and therapies. Also included in this section are tips on how to benefit most fully from your spa experience, and recipes for do-it-yourself treatments that you can easily try at home. The spa therapies are organized according to the key elements of Water, Fire, Earth, Air, and Harmony. Spa Cuisine brings some of the secrets of healthy eating into your home, with delicious, nutritious and innovative recipes provided by two French spas: La Cuisine Synergique, a three-day programme from Royal Parc Evian; and Cuisine Minceur, a one-day programme from Les Preacute;s d'Eugeacute;nie. You will discover how a synergy of ingredients and cooking methods can provide tasty and inventive meals that help to balance your body and optimize your energy levels. Spa Digest, arranged geographically, is an illustrated guide to 49 of Europe's quality spas. It provides insights into the character of each property and highlights their key treatments to help you plan your next spa visit. A fact-packed Spa Statistics column helps you establish at a glance the spa type, spa size, facilities, treatments and therapies, provisions for couples, availability of spa cuisine, services, recreation options, and contact details of each spa.
Detailed and timely information on accommodations, restaurants, and local attractions highlight these updated travel guides, which feature all-new covers, a two-color interior design, symbols to indicate budget options, must-see ratings, multi-day itineraries, Smart Travel Tips, helpful bulleted maps, tips on transportation, guidelines for shopping excursions, and other valuable features. Original.
Terrific year-round weather, miles of ocean, and desert and mountains just a short drive away, make San Diego a visitor's--and resident's--paradise. Walk across the border to Tijuana, view the wildflowers in the Anza-Borrego Desert, check out the posh life in Palm Springs, and visit numerous wildlife attractions.
Ulysses Press's Hidden Guides are where vacations meet adventures. First, each book in the Hidden series reviews a destination's famed attractions. Then - and more importantly - it invites the reader to go further by exploring "hidden" spots that other guides overlook, including small inns and recommended restaurants. The guides feature places local residents enjoy, including beaches, parks, and non-touristy neighbourhoods and contain the author's favourite picks, three-day getaway itineraries, driving and walking tours, website and email addresses, maps that "zoom in" on each area, and plenty of photos and illustrations.