The Book of Massage: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Eastern and Western Technique
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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.
that object or being. 舠The tao begets the one, The one begets the two The two beget the three and The three beget the ten thousand things. All things are backed by the shade, Faced by the light And harmonized by the immaterial breath.舡 Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching Yang energy (front view) Yin energy (back view) Yin and Yang Meridians The yin and yang meridians of the body are said to have been formed when we were still running on all fours. Earth is yin in relation to heaven. So the yin
舠outer Bladder Meridian舡 parallel to the first. The inner meridian has more of a physical effect, while the outer mainly influences the mind and emotions. Diagonal Stretch You begin a shiatsu treatment with the receiver lying on his or her front, arms by the sides, so that the spine receives maximum support. In this sequence of movements you are using your body weight to stretch the back. Keeping your knees apart, you kneel down beside your partner and place your hands diagonally on one
hand on a reflex area. Now hook the thumb in and back up sharply, to one side (in this instance, toward the outside). Reflex Rotation Specifically designed to help 舠work out舡 a painful reflex, this technique is used on the reflexes to the upper abdominal area of both feet, (that is, between the Waist Line and Diaphragm Line). You should apply it if you come across a particularly tender area, keeping your thumb in position while you rotate the foot around it, as shown below. After a few minutes
minutes sensing them with your shoes off. Check how your weight is distributed 舑 toward the balls, the heels or the sides? Do you feel comfortable on your feet? Are you tense or relaxed? Perhaps your weight is mainly on the insides, with your arches dropped, in an attempt to get more purchase on the floor. Or maybe your feet look fairly relaxed with well-curved arches at the instep supporting your weight without strain. Alternatively, you might notice that your feet seem cramped, with a high,
flesh should slip easily away between the fingers with each plucking stroke. The Basic Massage Sequence When learning massage, it will help you to understand and memorize the sequence of strokes if you can see how it is broken down. You start by massaging the back of the body, working down from head to feet, then turn the person over and massage the front of the body, once again working down from the top. The sequence is made up of seven distinct areas 舑 two on the back of the body, five on the