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Complete Guide to Modern Massage: Step-By-Step Massage Basics and Techniques from Around the World

Complete Guide to Modern Massage: Step-By-Step Massage Basics and Techniques from Around the World

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Learn the healing power of touch with a new, up-to-date reference from The Complete Guide to Modern Massage.

Massage is a natural method to relieve pain and reduce stress--and anyone can learn how to do it. The Complete Guide to Modern Massage offers an updated reference to learn popular techniques and feel the physical and emotional benefits of massage.

From classic styles such as Swedish or Shiatsu to new favorites like Ayurvedic and Thai, this massage guide offers illustrated, step-by-step instruction to master techniques from around the world. Complete with massage practices for pain relief, you'll learn how to heal your family, friends, partners, and even yourself of common ailments with your own two hands.

The Complete Guide to Modern Massage includes:

  • An introduction to massage that outlines the history and basic principles of massage and how they relate to modern practice.
  • World-famous massage techniques that include Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Tui Na, Cranialsacral, Reiki, and more!
  • Restorative applications for healing common ailments including headaches, neck pain, PMS, lower back pain, and more.
  • Easy-to-follow guidance with illustrations, and simple step-by-step directions to master every technique.
  • Give and receive rejuvenating massages with world-famous techniques and step-by-step instructions from The Complete Guide to Modern Massage.

    FLASH COUNT DIARY: MENOPAUSE A

    FLASH COUNT DIARY: MENOPAUSE A

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    [Darcey Steinke] has written a searingly intelligent, richly imagined, deeply moving memoir and exploration of menopause . . . I love this book. I admire this book. I want everyone to read this book. It's fierce, and it's important. --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and City of Girls

    "Many days I believe menopause is the new (if long overdue) frontier for the most compelling and necessary philosophy; Darcey Steinke is already there, blazing the way. This elegant, wise, fascinating, deeply moving book is an instant classic. I'm about to buy it for everyone I know." --Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

    A brave, brilliant, and unprecedented examination of menopause

    Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flashes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to express what was happening to her, she came up against a culture of silence. Throughout history, the natural physical transition of menopause has been viewed as something to deny, fear, and eradicate. Menstruation signals fertility and life, and childbirth is revered as the ultimate expression of womanhood. Menopause is seen as a harbinger of death. Some books Steinke found promoted hormone replacement therapy. Others encouraged acceptance. But Steinke longed to understand menopause in a more complex, spiritual, and intellectually engaged way.

    In Flash Count Diary, Steinke writes frankly about aspects of Menopause that have rarely been written about before. She explores the changing gender landscape that comes with reduced hormone levels, and lays bare the transformation of female desire and the realities of prejudice against older women. Weaving together her personal story with philosophy, science, art, and literature, Steinke reveals that in the seventeenth century, women who had hot flashes in front of others could be accused of being witches; that the model for Duchamp's famous Étant donnés was a post-reproductive woman; and that killer whales--one of the only other species on earth to undergo menopause--live long post-reproductive lives.

    Flash Count Diary, with its deep research, open play of ideas, and reverence for the female body, will change the way you think about menopause. It's a deeply feminist book--honest about the intimations of mortality that menopause brings while also arguing for the ascendancy, beauty, and power of the post-reproductive years.

    GOOD TO GO

    GOOD TO GO

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    Acclaimed science journalist Christie Aschwanden takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour through the latest science on sports and fitness recovery. She investigates claims about sports drinks, chocolate milk, and "recovery" beer; examines the latest recovery trends; and even tests some for herself, including cryotherapy, foam rolling, and Tom Brady-endorsed infrared pajamas. Good to Go seeks an answer to the question: Do any of these things actually help the body recover and achieve peak performance?

    How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

    How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

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    New York Times Bestseller

    "This book may help those who are susceptible to illnesses that can be prevented."

    --His Holiness the Dalai Lama

    "Absolutely the best book I've read on nutrition and diet"

    -Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution

    From the physician behind the wildly popular Nutrition Facts website, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can help prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

    In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America--heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more--and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives.

    The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The fifteen leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn't have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger's advice, all of it backed up by strong scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.

    History of prostate cancer in your family? Put down that glass of milk and add flaxseed to your diet whenever you can. Have high blood pressure? Hibiscus tea can work better than a leading hypertensive drug-and without the side effects. Fighting off liver disease? Drinking coffee can reduce liver inflammation. Battling breast cancer? Consuming soy is associated with prolonged survival. Worried about heart disease (the number 1 killer in the United States)? Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to prevent the disease but often stop it in its tracks.

    In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top fifteen causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen -a checklist of the twelve foods we should consume every day.Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting edge nutritional science, these doctor's orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.

    LIFESPAN: WHY WE AGE--AND WHY

    LIFESPAN: WHY WE AGE--AND WHY

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    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
    "Brilliant and enthralling."​ --The Wall Street Journal

    A paradigm-shifting book from an acclaimed Harvard Medical School scientist and one of Time's most influential people.

    It's a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we've been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan?

    In this groundbreaking book, Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: "Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable."

    This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs--many from Dr. David Sinclair's own lab at Harvard--that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, aging. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes, the descendants of an ancient genetic survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that in the near future we may not just be able to feel younger, but actually become younger.

    Through a page-turning narrative, Dr. Sinclair invites you into the process of scientific discovery and reveals the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes--such as intermittent fasting, cold exposure, exercising with the right intensity, and eating less meat--that have been shown to help us live younger and healthier for longer. At once a roadmap for taking charge of our own health destiny and a bold new vision for the future of humankind, Lifespan will forever change the way we think about why we age and what we can do about it.

    LIGHT ON YOGA REV/E

    LIGHT ON YOGA REV/E

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    The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga--the ancient healing discipline for body and mind--by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises. Features a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. Illustrations throughout.
    PARKINSON'S REGENERATION TRAINING: NEUOPSYCHOMOTOR REHABILITATION: AN INTEGRATIVE AND FITNESS-BASED APPROACH TO IMP

    PARKINSON'S REGENERATION TRAINING: NEUOPSYCHOMOTOR REHABILITATION: AN INTEGRATIVE AND FITNESS-BASED APPROACH TO IMP

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    While Parkinson's Disease (PD) can be debilitating, there is plenty of compelling data to show that exercise is one of the best ways of managing PD symptoms and slowing disease progression. Studies show that regular exercise can improve cognition, dual-tasking abilities, mobility, balance, stability, agility, strength, and motor control for a person living with PD.In addition, this improvement in movement and mobility helps to reduce falls, injuries, and various other complications of the disease in the PD client. In this book, you will learn and gain a solid understanding of: - What is Parkinson's Disease (PD)?- Who gets Parkinson's Disease?- What are the symptoms of PD?- How does PD affect strength, movement, mobility, stability, flexibility, cognitive function, posture, and overall functionality?- What can people with PD be doing to manage disease symptoms and reduce or eliminate falls and injury?- How can caregivers, home health aides, and others to help the person with PD?- What assessments and programming can we use help people with PD?- Learn how the brain can be retrained to improve and help restore neuro-muscular communication, cognitive function, and cognitive function during movementLearn optimal exercises that will help the person with PD to improve: - Dual-tasking/Multi-tasking- Cognition- Stability- Balance- Agility- Strength- Flexibility- Grip- Gait- Posture- Mobility and movement- Overall functionality and quality of life
    PILATES RETURN TO LIFE THROUGH

    PILATES RETURN TO LIFE THROUGH

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    First published in 1945, Pilates' Return to Life Through Contrology contains the authorized, legal, edited, and original Library of Congress version of Joseph H. Pilates' and William J. Miller's first complete fitness writings. It details the exercises, poses, and instructions fundamental to the matwork developed by Joseph and Clara Pilates. Based on his concepts of a balanced body and mind, and drawn from the approach espoused by the early Greeks, these are the exercises that continue to sustain a worldwide revolution in fitness strategies and exercise techniques. Joseph Pilates has been nothing short of revolutionary in his impact on the world of fitness and exercise. Readers will learn and view the original 34 exercises that Pilates taught to his students, many of whom have become exercise gurus in their own right. These carefully designed exercises constitute the results of decades of scientific study and research into the variety of physical ills that upset the balance of body and mind.Practitioners of Pilates' forms and exercises in the 21st century continue to expand upon this earlier work by presenting a variety of creative new approaches involving circular movements, standing postures, and core strengthening exercises using props such as tubes, weights, poles, bands, magic circles, mini-balls, stability balls, foam rollers, and more.Now included in this Revised Edition are 18 additional pages of explanations of what has transpired since the original 1945 work, along with several photo/text sequences of the latest 21st-century enhancements in the Pilates world. There are new descriptive pages of text that first describe the fitness principles evolved from Pilates' original Contrology work. This is followed by detailed text describing 21st-century evolutionary developments that present the key dancers, choreographers, and leaders in the Pilates Studio and certifying organizations through the present. This section ends with a discussion of evolutionary props and apparatus developments, plus 21st-century sample exercises drawn from our larger new book, Pilates Evolution for the 21st Century. Following this section are three complete prop-based demonstration exercises that include both photographic sequences (four per exercise) and step-by-step instructions for 21st-century Pilates exercises using the magic circle, elastic resistance, and the small fitness mini-ball.
    PREVENTING LYME & OTHER TICK-B

    PREVENTING LYME & OTHER TICK-B

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    Disease-carrying ticks are found in all 50 states in the U.S. and, as their numbers rise and their ranges increase, so, too, do cases of tick-borne illnesses. Alexis Chesney, a naturopathic physician specializing in the treatment of diseases transmitted through tick bites, offers a comprehensive strategy for reducing exposure to disease-causing organisms and boosting the effectiveness of standard treatment protocols. With an overview of the tick species present in the U.S. and profiles of Lyme and other top diagnosed tick-borne diseases, including anaplasmosis and babesiosis, this guide gives concerned readers and medical professionals alike a deeper understanding of how tick populations -- and associated illnesses -- spread, and how to combat them naturally. In addition to covering landscape-management methods for dramatically reducing tick populations around the home, Chesney outlines prophylactic herbal tinctures that provide an additional layer of protection against tick-borne illnesses -- an important strategy for those living in high-risk regions, especially in the event of an undetected bite. Chesney also provides options for treating acute tick-borne diseases, if symptoms develop, as well as herbs that can be used in combination with antibiotics to augment their efficacy.
    QIGONG & THE TAI CHI AXIS

    QIGONG & THE TAI CHI AXIS

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    "Mimi Kuo-Deemer takes the reader on a journey through the five elements and seasons of qigong, explaining their connection to health, lifestyle, and state of mind. . . . It is a pleasure to read such a balanced approach. I highly recommend Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis!" -- Kenneth S. Cohen, author of The Way of Qigong

    Reduce stress, release pain, and create bodily harmony with this introduction to qigong and the yin/yang balance of tai chi, the ancient Chinese arts of movement meditation. This accessible book features information about these practices as well as insights into their benefits, providing tools for replenishing inner resources and managing energy levels. It also offers advice on making healthier choices in everyday life that will support the body's natural capacity for energy, balance, and well-being.