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Acupressure and Reflexology For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-05153-5
360 pages
February 2011
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Features healing routines and illustrations to guide you

Ease your aches and find relief through the power of touch

Searching for alternative treatments for pain? This friendly, do-it-yourself guide introduces you to the basics and benefits of acupressure and reflexology, showing you step by step how to nurture your emotional and physical well-being and that of someone else. You'll see how to target specific body parts to address your ailments and improve your emotional as well as your physical well-being.

  • Understand basic healing principles
  • Relieve your specific aches and pains

  • Boost your immune system

  • Address age-related ailments

  • Find professional help

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Touching on the Basics of Acupressure and Reflexology 7

Chapter 1: Acupressure and Reflexology Essentials 9

Chapter 2: Healing Yourself or a Loved One 25

Chapter 3: The Terrain: Bones, Muscles, Meridians, and Reflex Zones 45

Chapter 4: Technique: The Healing Touch 73

Chapter 5: Professional Help Wanted? 93

Part II: Promoting Emotional and Physical Wellness 105

Chapter 6: Maintaining Good Health 107

Chapter 7: Balancing Emotions for Well-Being 117

Chapter 8: Treating Emotional Upset 131

Part III: Where Does It Hurt? Treating Common Aches and Ailments 153

Chapter 9: Putting Your Best Foot Forward 155

Chapter 10: Healing the Leg and Hip Regions 167

Chapter 11: Relieving Backaches 181

Chapter 12: Relief for Hurting Heads (And Pains in the Neck) 191

Chapter 13: Lending a Hand (And Arm and Shoulder, Too!) 209

Chapter 14: Time for a Gut Check 223

Chapter 15: Chest-Related Care and Considerations 233

Part IV: Addressing Specific Needs and Concerns 247

Chapter 16: Age-Related Treatments 249

Chapter 17: Especially for Women 269

Chapter 18: Fighting Colds, Preventing Illness, and Relieving Some Chronic Conditions 291

Part V: The Part of Tens 305

Chapter 19: Ten Myths and Misconceptions About Acupressure and Reflexology 307

Chapter 20: Ten Ways Acupressure and Reflexology Can Enrich Your Life 311

Appendix: Resources 315

Index 323

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Author Information

Synthia Andrews has been a message and bodywork therapist for 25 years. She is an authorized teacher of Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure, has been on faculty at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy for 16 years, and was a four-year faculty member at the Kripalu Yoga Institute. She is licensed in the state of Connecticut, where she maintains a private practice, and is currently a forth-year student of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport. Her Real love is using acupressure to help abused, neglected, or injured horses. You can find classes with Synthia and other qualified professionals at www.bodymindeast.com and www.jinshindo.org.

Bobbi Dempsey is a freelance writer for many major publications including The New York Times, Muscle & Fitness, Family Circle, Parents, Men's Fitness, and many others. She is also the author of numerous nonfiction books on topics ranging from diabetes to homemade ice cream. Her Web site is www.magazine-writer.com.

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