Recommended Reading by Theresa Dunford
Understanding Shiatsu by Ian Macwhinnie. Available from the Shiatsu Society (www.shiatsu.org) or the publishers direct: First Stone Publishing, UK. £1.99 (paperback)
Foundation Course by Chris Jarmey (Godsfield Press)
A beautifully colour illustrated manual on Shiatsu technique, which includes a comprehensive range of fundamental Shiatsu techniques, plus preparatory exercises and some basic oriental medicine theory. (Hardback)
Foundation Course (Teaching video)
This is a 1-hour teaching video covering a comprehensive range of fundamental Shiatsu techniques.
Shiatsu: Japanese massage for health & fitness by Elaine Leichti (Health Essentials). - Not sure if still in print. (Paperback). The book outlines the simple techniques of Shiatsu; how to master Shiatsu sufficiently to use it for minor problems at home or work; how to use Shiatsu for pinpointing any imbalances within the body and so prevent the onset of disease, etc.
Complete Illustrated Guide to Shiatsu by Elaine Leichti (Element Books) Hardback. Beautifully illustrated. Provides information on the history of Shiatsu and its development as a healing therapy; the various techniques and how they act on the body; information on Ki, the meridians, and how to achieve a state of total relaxation; practical step-by-step Shiatsu sequences; thorough reference section.
Principles of Shiatsu by Chris Jarmey (Thorsons). Paperback. Contents include information on how Shiatsu is applied; basics of oriental medicine; treating specific ailments; adjuncts to Shiatsu theory and practice etc.
Shiatsu by Suzanne Franzen (Lorenz Books) Hardback. A fully illustrated guide to a safe, effective home treatment. Expert instruction and clear step-by-step photography to guide you through each routine.
Shiatsu for Women by Ray Ridolfi & Susanne Franzen (Thorsons) Paperback. Contents include: what Shiatsu can do for you; Shiatsu tools and techniques; Shiatsu with a friend; Assessing your health with Shiatsu; Help yourself to health and beauty; Shiatsu for pregnancy and childbirth; Self-treatment for common gynaecological problems etc.
Acupressure for Common Ailments by Chris Jarmey and John Tindall (Pub. 1991, Gaia Books) Paperback (not sure if still in print). This self-help guide brings the remarkable healing power of acupressure to your fingertips. Clear illustrations make the points easy to locate.
Recipes for Self-Healing by Daverick Leggett (Meridian Press, Totnes, Devon) This book conveys the wisdom and insights of traditional Chinese medicine and makes them both relevant and accessible to the modern-day westerner. Includes over a hundred recipes.
Book of Shiatsu by Paul Lundberg (Pub. Gaia Books Ltd.) An excellent
introduction to the many aspects of Shiatsu and also contains some useful
reference information for the practitioner.
Meridian Exercises - The Oriental Way to Health and Vitality by Shizuto Masunaga, translated by Stephen Brown. (Published by Japan Publications Ltd.) A classic text by the founder of Zen Shiatsu, Shizuto Masunaga first guides the reader through his makko ho exercises, stretching each pair of meridians in turn. He then explores a range of further exercises, all designed to allow the reader to physically experience each pair of meridians.
The Practical Guide to Magnet Therapy by Peter Rose FSI (Pub. 2001, Godsfield Press Ltd.) Contents include: History and background; Using magnets; Specific healing; Magnetic influences; Applying the theory. Plus a glossary and list of useful suppliers.
New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann. (Pub. 1997, Element Books)
This is a wonderful book on herbs which I have kept by me for years. From the preface by George Trevelyan: "This is a beautiful and fascinating book, an entralling gateway into a wonderful world. The beginner can understand and the expert really use it.....In holistic thinking we become eclectic and learn to draw our truth from many complementary sources. Thus herbalism opens up a wonderful field for natural healing...In our age of drugs and chemicals, here is a path to safe treatment which respects the Oneness of Life. This book is delightfully illustrated and produced." There is a chapter for each system of the body. Other chapter headings include: Infections and Infestations, Cancer, Wholeness and prevention; The Chemistry of Herbs, The Action of Herbs, The Preparation of Herbs, Bibliography, Index.
The HeartMath Solution by Doc Childre and Howard Martin with Donna Beech. (Pub. 1999, Harper Collins). From the Introduction: "Through the Institute's research, in conjunction with the research of others, we've been able to build a compelling case that the heart does have an intelligence that influences our perceptions. Our research challenge has been to see whether (and how) the philosophical 'heart' and the physical heart interact.We've found that indeed they do, and in a number of ways. As impressive as much of what we've discovered is, however, there's much more to learn....our theory is that the heart links us to a higher intelligence through an intuitive domain where spirit and humanness merge. This intuitive domain is something much larger than the perceptual capability as we learn to do what sages and philosophers have asked us to do for ages: listen to and follow the wisdom of the heart." From Chapter 1: "Many ancient cultures, including the Mesopotamians, the Egyptians, the Babylonians, and the Greeks, maintain that the primary organ capable of influencing and directing our emotions, our morality, and our decision-making ability was the heart, and they consequently attached enormous emotional and moral significance to its behavior. Similar perspectives are found in the Hebrew and Christian bibles as well as in Chinese, Hindu, and Islamic traditions....In the Kabbalah the heart is the Central Sphere, the only one of ten to touch all the others, and it's reputed to hold the key to the mysteries of radiant health, joy, and well-being. The aspect of balance and the attainment of bodily equilibrium is also attributed to the heart in Yogic traditions, which recognize the heart as the seat of individual consciousness, the center of life....
In traditional Chinese medicine, the heart is seen as the seat of connection between the mind and the body, forming a bridge between the two. It's said that the heart-blood houses the shen, which can be translated as both 'mind' and 'spirit'. Thus the mind or spirit is housed in the heart, and the blood vessels are the communication channels that carry the heart's vital rhythmic messages throughout the body, keeping everything working in synchrony. It isn't surprising, then, that Chinese medicine holds that the state of each bodily organ as well as the body's integral functioning as a whole can be assessed via the pulse of the heart."
What I Can See For You! by Ruth Barrett (Pub. 1996, Crystal Books, UK). From the Introduction: "This book is written as a witness as to what can go wrong with 'medicine' in the last decade of the 20th century as it is currently practised and made available to the population....When conventional medicine doesn't seem to help then other alternatives become attractive, but what happens when they are mixed? Because so little is generally understood about this, the answer is perhaps nobody knows....Unfortunately the side effects of modern medicine can be worse than the affliction. In Ruth's case a simple eye infection gave rise to becoming vulnerable to additional afflictions which were not immediately understood and the wrong curres were offered leading to a rapidly worsening situation." From the back cover: "This is the story of Ruth's personal battle over several years to regain her health. The battle was successful - eventually - but many lessons were learnt the hard way on the journey."
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