Ayurvedic Massage: Traditional Indian Techniques for Balancing Body and Mind

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 160 pages
Ayurvedic Massage is the first book on the subject, and the first new massage therapy introduced to the West since shiatsu. One of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, Ayurveda views the human being as intimately connected with the environment and all other life forms. Ayurvedic massage works on both the physical and mental levels, transmitting a life-giving energy that assists all systems of the body to repair and renew themselves. Practitioners concentrate on the marmas, subtle energy points that respond to gentle physical manipulation, and work with the needs of the different body types. The author guides both the novice and experienced practitioner through each step in the full body massage and explains which oils work best for particular body types.

• Includes massage techniques for expectant mothers and their babies.

• Outlines techniques and natural remedies for treating specific disorders, including arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, and insomnia.

• Offers a complete guide to the traditional forty-day beauty treatment as practiced in India, and includes recipes for massage oils, facial creams, and beautifying clay baths.
 

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Contents

Introduction to Massage
4
Ayurvedic Principles of Massage
7
Massage Oils
24
Preparation for the Massage
39
FullBody Massage
53
Therapeutic Massage
99
Massage During Pregnancy
111
Massage of Infants
119
Beauty Massage
123
Marmas and Their Positions
136
Glossary
142
Sources of Supply
147
Index
148
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Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1 Introduction to Massage

Chapter 2 Ayurvedic Principles of Massage

Chapter 3 Massage Oils

Chapter 4 Preparation for the Massage

Chapter 5 Full-Body Massage

Chapter 6 Therapeutic Massage

Chapter 7 Massage During Pregnancy

Chapter 8 Massage of Infants

Chapter 9 Beauty Massage

Appendix: Marmas and Their Positions

Glossary

Sources of Supply

Index

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