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Authoritative books for all ages for health, wellbeing and personal development. Interesting books for interesting people

CONTENTS Pain 1 Massage 2 Aromatherapy 8 Reflexology 11 Cranio-Sacral Therapy


Shiatsu 13 Supporting your practice


Understanding the body


Specific conditions


Qigong 21 Acupuncture 26 Yoga and Indian Dance


Discovering Holistic Health


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The Mystery of Pain Douglas Nelson Apr-13 224pp 9781848191525 pb £15.99 / $25.00 MMBP JKSF VFVK

A totally accesible explanation of what pain is, why people feel it and how to manage it.

Why does scratching an itch feel so good? Why is pain from a mosquito bite preferable to the same pain from an unidentified source? Douglas Nelson provides the reader with a comprehensive, practical and highly accessible guide to the scientific understanding of pain. The book explores the different types of pain, providing clear explanations of the processes involved within the body. It examines key issues such as diagnosis and measurement of pain, the placebo effect and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), and takes an in depth look at causes and treatment for chronic pain. The book is full of practical advice and small changes one can make to improve the effectiveness of pain treatment. Presented as a personal tutorial for understanding the psychology of pain, this book will be useful for practitioners, patients, and the general reader alike. ‘It’s a joy to help alleviate pain. It’s equally frustrating to see a patient return with chronic pain that was at best temporarily eased. The Mystery of Pain puts those cases in context, providing an excellent framework for both patients and health care providers to understand why what works for one may not work for another.’ - Celia Bucci MA, LMT, author of ConditionSpecific Massage Therapy “…an outstanding resource to guide healthcare  professionals as well as those who are personally dealing with pain”


“One of my ‘must haves’ for clients and fellow therapists”


“…a god-send for those suffering from pain or those who work to relieve it in others”

Contents: Preface: Understanding that I Don’t Understand. 1. A Deeper Understanding. 2. Alarms and Fires and Alarms Without Fires. 3. That Which Can be Known, But Not Seen. 4. Nocere. 5. Modulation. 6. Central Sensitization. 7. When the System Goes Awry: Sensitization. 8. Meaning and Context. 9. Attention. 10. Fear. Memory and Pain. Fear and Hypervigilance. Fear of Movement. Diagnosis and Fear. 11. Placebo. 12. Trigger Points. 13. Phantom Limb. 14. Social Support. 15. Fibromyalgia. 16. The Pendulum. Index.


Douglas Nelson is a licensed massage therapist from Champaign, Illinois (USA) and has been in practice since 1977. In addition to his therapy clinic with multiple practitioners, his teaching institute (NMT MidWest) has conducted hundreds of seminars in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy to manual therapy providers in the USA and abroad.


Japanese Holistic Face Massage Rosemary Patten Jul-13 19,667pp 9781848191228 pb £14.99 / $24.95 VFMS VXHT1

Based on the ancient system of Chinese medicine, Japanese holistic face massage has been used for centuries to maintain a youthful complexion, reflect inner calm and promote longevity. This comprehensive introductory guide explains how to perform the massage and explores the therapeutic benefits of this treatment. Beginning with a brief account of the philosophy behind Japanese holistic face massage, including Ki/Qi/prana, acupressure and the Five Elements, and highlighting the importance of the skin, the book provides everything needed to understand how the treatment works. Fully-illustrated, it includes step-by-step instructions on the movements of the massage, explaining the effect they have on the energy flow and the benefits this can have on emotional and physical health. The book focuses on the health aspects of this type of massage and explores how it can provide a supplement to health professionals’ work with specific ailments. This book will be an invaluable resource for massage therapists, hospice professionals, primary care professionals and anyone with an interest in massage and wellbeing. ‘Japanese Holistic Face Massage (JHFM) is one of the most powerful forms of massage. In this book, Rosemary, with vast clinical experience after her name, manages to bring together the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of JHFM in perfect harmony to the recipient as well as to the giver! This is a practical book which will benefit all practitioners interested in treating the facial skin holistically as well as connecting with the Qi, Channels and the Soul.’ - Ilkay Zihni Chirali, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, teacher, author Contents: Introduction. 1. The Beginning of Time. 2. History. 3. The Power of Touch – Anatomy and Physiology. 4. Skin Care. 5. What is Japanese Holistic Face Massage? 6. Getting Started. Glossary. Bibliography and Further Reading.


Rosemary Patten is a committed holistic therapist with over 23 years’ experience. She is the founder of Rose Health and Well Being Natural Health Centre and the Equinox Rose, a school that teaches a broad curriculum of traditional understandings of health. Rosemary is a member of the Complementary Therapists Association and the UK Reiki Association and lives in Kent, UK.


Vital Face Facial Exercises and Massage for Health and Beauty Leena Kiviluoma Jun-13 49,830pp 9781848191662 pb ÂŁ12.99 / $19.95 VXH WJH MQV VFMS VFMG VFD

A medically-based facial exercise reigime.

This is a unique, revolutionary and totally natural self-care programme developed to treat muscle based health problems and reduce the signs of ageing. The fully-illustrated handbook guides you through stretching and massage techniques to relax the facial, neck and shoulder muscles, with particular emphasis on the jaw, where tension is often held. The exercises address health issues such as teeth clenching and grinding, pain in the face, jaw, head or neck, and can even improve the effects of Bell’s Palsy. They also achieve positive cosmetic results such as reduced facial lines and healthy glowing skin. The strengthening exercises will help to lift the facial features and prevent facial sagging. The impact of each exercise is clearly explained so you can concentrate on techniques to target your individual situation, needs and goals. This supportive guide will help anyone who wants to improve the wellbeing and appearance of the face and neck, and will also be of particular interest to those working in the fields of health and beauty. Contents: 1.Introduction to MimiLift Facial MuscleCare. 2. Anatomy and Physiology of the Face. 3. Ageing Face. 4. Muscles and Muscle Tensions of the Facial Area. 5. How to Take Care of the Mimic and Chewing Muscles. 6. How to Take Care of Other Muscles of the Head. 7. Posture Correction. 8. Supportive Self-Treatments. 9. MimiLift Natural Facial Rejuvenation. 10. Health Problems and Treatments. About the Author. References.


Leena Kiviluoma is a physiotherapist working as a teacher and consultant in the fitness, beauty, health and rehabilitation industries. Her clients have included the Finnish National Opera, the Finnish National Theatre, The Parliament of Finland and many other companies, and she has contributed to numerous articles on fitness and beauty in magazines and newspapers. She began to develop her medical-based, facial muscle care technique and therapy in 1990 and her two books on the subject have been translated into many languages. She lives in Helsinki, Finland.


Freeing Emotions and Energy Through Myofascial Release Noah Karrasch Foreword by C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD 2012 224pp 9781848190856 pb £15.99 / $24.95 MXH JNS

Too many of us hold our physical, mental and emotional pain within our bodies, where it slows energy, manifests as tension and can have a damaging impact upon our health. In his new book, Noah Karrasch shows that wellbeing and healing come from the detangling of blocked emotions and the restoration of the free flow of energy through the body. Written for bodywork and manual therapy practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as other healers who want to expand their skills, this generously illustrated book explains how and where emotions and static energy are held in the body, and how they can be released and rebalanced in therapies that challenge bodymindcore awareness. It includes many new ideas and techniques: useful conversation starters to help practitioners encourage clients to self-identify their challenges, detailed explanations of myofascial release techniques and self-reflective exercises designed to first help the practitioner truly understand the process for him or herself, through his or her own body, in order to become a more empathetic and effective therapist.

The Insightful Body

Healing with SomaCentric Dialoguing

Julie McKay 2010 240pp 9781848190306 pb £18.99 / $26.95 MX MXH

SomaCentric Dialoguing offers therapists simple yet effective techniques for improving communication with their clients, and for helping clients understand and articulate the messages of their body. In this accessible introduction to the approach, Julie McKay outlines the core techniques and describes how they can be applied to make therapeutic sessions more effective. Explaining that individuals communicate and process information in different ways she describes how therapists can identify each client’s unique language blend, and how they can use this knowledge to encourage them to become more in tune with, and more able to express, their body’s needs. Guidance is provided on how to ask more effective questions in sessions, what words to use, and what words to avoid, for optimal results. Using the simple, yet profound, techniques outlined in this book therapist of all kinds will learn how to look beyond the head and into the body to help clients heal more completely and more deeply.


Noah Karrasch is an advanced certified Rolfer and licensed massage therapist of twenty-five years practice, and holds a teaching degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He teaches core bodywork skills throughout the Midwest and in the UK and also works regularly with the Wren Clinic in East London, UK. Noah lives and works in Springfield, Missouri.

Basic Principles and Techniques

Chief Editor: Li Jiangshan 2011 112pp 9781848190580 Mixed media product £14.99 / $22.95 VXHT1 JNSG2

Tuina, also known as Chinese massage, is one of the cornerstones of Chinese medicine. This comprehensive introduction is written with the needs of the student and beginning practitioner in mind, and covers all the basic principles of the manipulation techniques required to practise Tuina. This book will be an essential learning tool for students, and a handy reference for beginning practitioners.

Illustrated Treatment for Migraine Using Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Tuina Massage Cui Chengbin and Xing Xiaomin Foreword by Professor Wu Zhongchao 2011 208pp 9781848190610 pb £19.99 / $29.95 VXHT1 VXHT

Migraine is a condition that Western medicine finds notoriously difficult to treat, and acupuncture, moxibustion and Tuina massage can all be effective methods of bringing about relief. This clear and comprehensive guide will enable practitioners to carry out treatment and significantly ease symptoms and suffering. The book explains every part of the treatment process, from diagnosis, locating relevant acupoints and deciding which needle to use, and explains every step for all three forms of treatments. The book is accompanied by a DVD demonstrating exactly how to carry out these treatments.

Illustrated Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis Using Massage Therapy Tang Xuezhang and Yu Tianyuan 2011 128pp 9781848190627 pb £17.99 / $29.95 VXHT1 VXHT

Cervical Spondylosis is a condition in which cervical vertebrae and invertebral discs in the neck degenerate. The condition is an almost inevitable part of aging and can cause extreme neck pain and lead to arm and hand problems. Massage Therapy from Traditional Chinese Medicine is a non-invasive, successful method of relieving this pain and increasing the movement and daily comfort of sufferers. The authors clearly outline every stage of the treatment process, providing anatomical diagrams and illustrations. Easy-to-follow techniques and a step-by-step guide on how to perform massage therapy treatments are demonstrated on the accompanying DVD. 5


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Comforting Touch in Dementia and End of Life Care Take My Hand

Barbara Goldschmidt and Niamh van Meines Illustrated by James Goldschmidt 2011 208pp 9781848190733 pb £15.99 / $24.95 VXH VFMS JKSG MQCL9

This book teaches an easy 30 minute hand massage sequence and offers clear instructions and detailed illustrations to guide the reader through each step. Combining light massage strokes with focused awareness, and paying close attention to points on energy pathways, this book introduces a structured way of sharing touch that is grounded in Western and Eastern massage traditions. Gentle touch therapy is ideal for healthcare professionals and family members alike.

HIGHLY COMMENDED Popular Medicine category 2012 British Medical Association Book Awards

Qigong Massage for Your Child with Autism A Home Program from Chinese Medicine

Louisa Silva Foreword by Dr. Anita Cignolini 2011 144pp 9781848190702 Mixed media product £19.50 / $24.95 VXHT1 VFJD

This book teaches parents a simple qigong massage programme that has been developed specifically for the needs of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). With step-by-step instructions and an accompanying DVD demonstrating the technique in action, this book offers parents clear guidance on how to adopt qigong massage into their child’s daily routine successfully.

Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork for Autism Spectrum Disorders A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Virginia S. Cowen 2011 208pp 9781848190498 pb £13.99 / $19.95 VFMS MQT VFX

Massage techniques are widely and effectively used in treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to address sensory issues, motor problems and touch receptivity. However, parents are often unsure about which touch therapy treatment is best for their child. This practical guide explains how massage works and how touch therapy can benefit children with ASDs. The book goes on to describe exactly what each type of massage entails and covers anatomy-oriented massages, energy-based massages and therapeutic bodywork. 6

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Eight Extraordinary Channels - Qi Jing Ba Mai A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Nei Dan Inner Meditation Dr David Twicken DOM, LAc Jun-13 256pp 9781848191488 pb £24.99 / $39.95 VXHT1 JKSB1

The theory, clinical application, and Daoist selfcultivation of the eight extraordinary channels.

The Eight Extraordinary channels are amongst the most interesting and clinically important aspects of Chinese medicine and Qigong. This book introduces the theory behind the channels, explains their clinical applications, and explores their psycho-emotional and spiritual qualities. The author also describes how to cultivate the channels through Nei Dan Inner Meditation. As a practitioner of Chinese medicine or acupuncturist, the key to creating effective individual treatment plans is having a wide understanding of channel theory, and a comprehensive knowledge of the pathways and the points on the channels. David Twicken provides treatment strategies, methods and case studies, offering a variety of approaches so as to give the reader a solid foundation from which to confidently create customized treatment plans for each patient. ‘Eight Extraordinary Channels is an insightful and eminently practical presentation of the core meridians in the human body that hold most of life’s potential. It covers the eight channels in theory, clinical application, and Daoist self-cultivation. Clear and systematic, the book is a potent resource for anyone involved in Chinese medicine.’ - Livia Kohn, PhD, Professor Emerita of Religion and East Asian Studies, Boston University Contents: The Classics of the Eight Extraordinary Channels. Chinese Dynasties. Introduction. 1. The Acupuncture Channel System. 2. Three Layer Theory. 3. Three Ancestries. 4. Introduction to the Eight Extraordinary Channels. 5. The Cong Channel. 6. The Ren Channel. 7. Du Channel. 8. Wei Channels. 9. Yang Wei Channel. 10. Yin Wei Channel. 11. Qiao Channels. 12. Yang Qiao Channel. 13. Yin Qiao Channel. 14. Dai Channel. 15. Clinical Applications. 16. Treatment Methods. 17. Needling Methods. 18. Case Studies. 19. Tables. 20. Nei Jing Tu. 21. The Heavenly Orbit. 22. The Wei and Qiao Channels. 23. The Belt Channel. 24. The Chong Channel. 25. The Macrocosmic Orbit. 26. The Nei Jing Tu. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.


David Twicken, DOM, L.Ac., is a licensed practitioner and professor of Chinese medicine. He teaches Qi Gong, Tai Chi Chuan, Nei Dan, feng shui and Chinese astrology. He has studied Chinese healing arts for 30 years. He resides in Los Angeles, California.


Essential Oils

A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice 2nd edition

Jennifer Peace Rhind 2012 320pp 9781848190894 pb £19.99 / $35.00 VXHC JKSB1

Therapeutic application, research and botanical and chemical information. ‘…Essential Oils is a bible for anyone practising or learning aromatherapy, taking them on a journey from birth to au courant practices.’ - The Association of Natural Medicine Revised and significantly expanded, the new edition of this handbook provides full information on the use of essential oils in the field of contemporary aromatherapy, based on the research evidence behind their therapeutic applications. The author provides the historical and cultural context for our understanding of aromatherapy, with an overview of its relationships with Greek, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. She gives a detailed account of how essential oils are created, how and where aromatherapy is used, the underlying pharmacology, and the current research. The characteristics of over 100 essential oils, absolutes and resinoids are provided in detail, including botanical and chemical information, usage and combinations. This will be an indispensable text for all students and practitioners of aromatherapy and related disciplines, as well as anyone interested in the use of essential oils for health and well-being. Contents: Preface. Part I. Aromatherapy: Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives. 1. From Historical Origins to the Present Day: The Philosophies of the Pioneers and Influential Thinkers. 2. Theoretical Perspectives. Part II. Approaches to Creating Essential Oil Synergy. 3. Synergy and Antagonism. 4. Maury’s Individual Prescription and its Derivatives. 5. Functional Group Influence and the Molecular Approach. 6. Psychosensory Approaches. Part III. The Essential Oils, Absolutes and Resinoids of Aromatherapy. 7. Botanical Principles in Aromatherapy. 8. Essential Oils of the Angiospermae. 9. Essential Oils of the Gymnospermae. 10. Absolutes and Resinoids in Aromatherapy. Glossary. Appendix A: Significant Chemical Constituents in Essential Oils. Appendix B: Essential Oil Constituents: Odour and Therapeutic Potential. Appendix C: Prescribing Essential Oils Using the Molecular Approach. Appendix D: Carrier Oils Used in Aromatherapy. Appendix E: Essential Oils, Absolutes and Resinoids in Aromatherapy: Indications and Actions. References. Further Reading. Index.


Jennifer Peace Rhind is a Chartered Biologist with a Ph.D. in Mycotoxicology from the University of Strathclyde. For thirteen years she worked as a therapist and partner in a multidisciplinary complementary healthcare clinic. During this time she became involved in CAM education in the private sector and co-founded the first professionally accredited CAM school in Scotland. She lives in Biggar near the Scottish Borders.


Out in October

Fragrance and Wellbeing Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche Jennifer Peace Rhind Oct - 2013 9781848190900 pb ÂŁ28.00 / $45.00 VXHC VXH

The impact of fragrance on the psyche. For thousands of years fragrance has been used, across many varied cultures, for altering mental and emotional states, and as part of spiritual practice. This book explores the impact of fragrance on the psyche from biological, anthropological, perfumery and aromatherapy viewpoints. Beginning with an exploration of our olfactory system and a discussion of the language of odour, the book examines the ways in which fragrance can influence our perceptions and experiences. It introduces us to a broad range of fragrance types – woody, resinous, spicy, herbaceous, agrestic, floral and citrus, as well as the attars that form part of Unani Tibb medicine. Traditional and contemporary uses and the mood-enhancing properties of fragrance types are presented. The book then provides an overview of the theoretical and philosophical frameworks that have been used to analyse how and why we choose fragrance. Finally readers are given guidance on how to cultivate their olfactory palate, which reveals a new dimension in the use of fragrance to enhance wellbeing. This book offers a wealth of knowledge on plant aromatics and the powerful influence of fragrance on wellbeing. It will be of particular interest to aromatherapists, perfumers, psychotherapists, ethnobotanists and anthropologists. Contents: Contents: Preface. Introduction. Part I. Scent: A Pan-Dimensional Perspective. 1. The Fallen Angel. 2. Smell and the psyche. 3. Per fumum. 4. Perfume: The transcendence of the sweet life. Part II. A Natural Palette of Aromatics. 5. Fragrance philosophies. 6. Woody, resinous, balsamic and coniferous scents. 7. Spices. 8. Herbaceous, green, camphoraceous, cineolic and agrestic scented botanicals. 9. Flowers. 10. Citrus, lemon-scented botanicals and fruity fragrances. 11. Attars and the role of fragrance in Unani Tibb medicine (Jeannie Fatimeh Graham). In conclusion. 12. Cultivating the olfactory palate. Glossary. Appendix A. Classification of fragrance. Appendix B. Ambergris. Appendix C. Fragrance and the four elements. Appendix D. Developing sensory appreciation of plant aromatics, essential oils, absolutes and fragrances. References. Bibliography for Chapter 11. Recommended reading.



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A Sensory Journey

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Meditations on Scent for Wellbeing Jennifer Peace Rhind Dec - 2013 9781848191532 card set £12.50 / $19.95 VXHC VXM

Scent is often used to accompany meditation but is rarely the focus of it. This card set, which brings together ancient and contemporary understanding of the influence of aromatics on our wellbeing, is an introduction to meditating on scent and discovering the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of beginning your own sensory journey. ‘A Sensory Journey’ guides and informs scent meditations. By meditating on the fragrance itself, rather than using it as an adjunct to other meditation rituals (through burning incense or scented candles), fragrance can go beyond merely enhancing or modifying our moods and become a key means to personal and spiritual growth. These cards, and the accompanying booklet and sensory map, explore different fragrances and make the benefits of scent meditation accessible to all. Each of the 24 cards, which are arranged in botanical groupings, features a scent description, an image of the botanical source, and inspirational words about the scent’s evocative influence to help guide meditation. This unique and accessible card set is perfect for anyone interested in meditation, personal growth and the use of fragrance to enhance wellbeing. Contents: Contents: Set of 24 cards and booklet. Booklet: Introduction. The sensory journey. The cards and the scents. Using essential oils for meditation. Meditating on scent. Notes on the scents, and some meditations. Five seasonal meditations. Further reading. Recommended suppliers.


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Guo Changqing Guoyan and Zhaiwei Liu Naigang Feb-13 160pp 9781848191198 pb ÂŁ11.99 / $18.95 VXHT1 VXHJ

Based on a holistic approach to the body, reflex zone therapy is an energy medicine understood through meridian and reflex theory. This concise handbook presents the key principles of this ancient system. Covering everything from cranial, facial and auricular zones to hand, feet, wrist and ankle points, the book provides practical and accessible information on the locations and indications of the reflex zones. Extensively illustrated with photographs that clearly display the reflex points, the book helps readers to learn and remember the basic applications. It is the perfect quick reference for the methods and techniques of this therapy.

Guo Changqing Guoyan and Zhaiwei Liu Naigang is a professor of the School of Acupuncture and Massage of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Principles of Reflexology

What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you Revised Edition

Nicola Hall Feb-13 144pp 9781848191372 pb ÂŁ9.99 / $15.95 VXHJ VXH MX Discovering Holistic Health

Reflexology is a form of complete healing that can detect and correct energy imbalance and restore balance to the body by relating each zone of the body to different points on the hands and feet. This introductory guide covers the theory on which reflexology is based, its history, and the principles of practice. The author includes a description of how treatment works, a guide to the reflex areas and their relationship to the rest of the body, reflexology as a preventative therapy, and how to find a reliable reflexologist. This will be an enlightening guide for anybody interested in what reflexology has to offer and for those wanting to learn more about therapies that present alternatives to traditional treatment. Students and practitioners of reflexology and related practices will find it a useful reference, and a perfect introduction to recommend to clients.


Nicola Hall has been Director of The Bayly School of Reflexology since 1980 and is the Chair of the British Reflexology Association. She is one of the leading authorities on reflexology in the UK. She has written several books on reflexology and has contributed to complementary medicine books and articles as well as appearing on television and radio.


Pocket Handbook of Body Reflex Zones Illustrated in Color

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Cranio-Sacral Integration


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Thomas Attlee 2012 464pp 9781848190986 pb £35.00/ $55.00 VXH VXH

Complete foundation course textbook. This foundation volume presents a unique integration of the wide spectrum of approaches to Cranio-Sacral Therapy, providing practitioners and students with a broad and authoritative understanding of the discipline. The author covers the fundamentals of theory as well as the practical skills and techniques needed to carry out Cranio-Sacral work, and the book also includes detailed instructions for treatments, all of which are clearly explained in extensive case histories, photographs and illustrations. Based upon the syllabus of the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in London, UK, this is an unparalleled resource for practitioners of CranioSacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy, and an essential reference for students. ‘A fascinating insight into Cranio-sacral work. This foundation text, written in an easy to read format for those training in Craniosacral Therapy, would also be beneficial for the Therapist who is not training in this discipline as it will give new and fresh meaning to ‘reading the body through the hands’.’ - The SEED Institute Newsletter

Thomas Attlee is the founder and principal of the College of CranioSacral Therapy in Primrose Hill, London. He graduated from the European School of Osteopathy, and taught Anatomy and Physiology at the International College of Oriental Medicine for seven years. He has been teaching and practicing Cranio-Sacral Therapy for over twenty-five years.

Cranial Intelligence

A Practical Guide to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Ged Sumner and Steve Haines Foreword by Franklyn Sills 2010 320pp 9781848190283 pb £16.99 / $27.95 MXH VXH

This new and important textbook demystifies the biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy and shows how and why it can be so effective at bringing about a natural realignment towards optimal health. The authors describe how to ‘listen’ and respond appropriately to each client’s system, how to create a safe space for working with different kinds of trauma, and how to address specific states of imbalance to support deep-felt and lasting change. This intensely practical textbook will transform the practice of craniosacral therapists, and contains much that bodyworkers of all kinds will find useful


Ged Sumner is a practicing craniosacral therapist and trainer, and a chi kung teacher. Steve Haines studied Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, is a UK registered chiropractor, and trained as a shiatsu practitioner.



Life in Resonance - The Secret Art of Shiatsu

Akinobu Kishi and Alice Whieldon 2011 176pp 9781848190429 pb £15.99 / $26.95 VFMS MX VXH

Regarded as one of the leading exponents of shiatsu, Akinobu Kishi trained with and assisted Shizuto Masunaga, and is widely regarded as the heir to his work, developed to the higher level of Seiki Soho, which takes the practice beyond technique. With the assistance of his long-term student Alice Whieldon, Kishi’s theory and practice of Seiki Soho are described and explained for the first time in this important book. Setting his work within the historical context of shiatsu, the long central section of the book consists of a dialogue about the fundamental principles and practice of Masunaga’s Zen Shiatsu and Seiki Soho as taught by Kishi. The final section consists o case studies of practice, including the experiences of people treated by Kishi. This groundbreaking and generous book is illustrated with Kishi’s calligraphy and other artwork, and will be essential reading for all shiatsu practitioners and students who want to deepen their practice.

Akinobu Kishi was an internationally renowned teacher and master of Zen Shiatsu. Alice Whieldon is a shiatsu practitioner and teacher as well as a tutor and senior manager with the Open University in London.

‘This is a book to have to keep reading and re-reading! - KIKAI (Belgian Shiatsu Magazine)

Baby Shiatsu

Gentle Touch to Help your Baby Thrive

Karin Kalbantner-Wernicke and Tina Haase Foreword by Dr. Steffen Fischer Illustrated by Monika Werneke Translated by Anne Oppenheimer 2012 160pp 9781848191044 pb £13.99 / $19.95 VFMS VXH VFXB

Babies feel intuitively what scientists have needed painstaking research to establish: being touched and caressed is good for you. It makes you clever and cheerful, strengthens the parent-child bond, and lays the foundation for a healthy life. With baby shiatsu you can support your child’s development. The gentle pressure-point massage meets the needs of tiny babies. This book shows you the various shiatsu techniques step by step. There are also specific techniques to help with health problems, which can, for example, soothe tummy ache and counteract difficulty in sleeping. ‘I can see the altogether positive development of children who are treated with baby shiatsu. [...] In this book you can let yourself be taken by the hand and introduced to the world of oriental thought. You will learn, step by step, how to use shiatsu to support your baby.’ - From the foreword by Dr Steffen Fischer, practising paediatrician 13

Karin Kalbanter-Wernicke initially trained as a physiotherapist and went on to study shiatsu in Japan. She cofounded an institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine just outside Frankfurt, Germany. Tina Haase is a journalist, specialising in health and family issues. She lives and works in Munich, Germany.

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Colour Healing Manual The Complete Colour Therapy Programme Revised Edition Pauline Wills Aug-13 232pp 9781848191655 pb ÂŁ15.99 / $24.95 VXH VXPC

A complete treatment programme.

The healing properties of colour and light have been recognised since ancient times; today colour therapy techniques are used to great effect in a range of complementary therapies and for personal wellbeing. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to colour healing and offers step-by-step instructions for treatment. The opening chapters provide an overview of the science behind light and colour, and a brief history of colour healing from Ancient Greece to modern day. The characteristics of different colours are then given, as well as an explanation of how each colour relates to particular body parts and the major and minor chakras. The core of the book offers a complete treatment programme, teaching diagnostic techniques and a variety of approaches including healing with prana energy, healing with touch, healing with a colour therapy instrument, and absent healing. With useful illustrations and diagrams throughout, this book will be an essential guide for colour therapists, colourpuncture practitioners, kinesiologists, reflexologists and energy healers, as well as anyone with an interest in the restorative power of colour. Contents: Introduction. 1. The Nature of Light. 2. The History of Colour Therapy. 3. Colour. 4. The Aura. 5. The Use of Colour in Therapy. 6. The Spine Chart. 7. Disease and its Metaphysical Cause. 8. Protection and Cleansing. 9. Contact Healing with Pranic Energy. 10. Contact Colour Healing: A Step-by-Step Treatment. 11. Ways of Working with Colour. 12. Absent Healing. 13. Death and Dying. Postscript. Appendix: Professional Training and Treatment. References. Index.


Pauline Wills is a qualified yoga instructor, reflexologist and colour practitioner and pioneered the integration of colour with reflexology. Her first introduction to the healing power of colour was through yoga and then through the Maitreya School of Colour Healing. She is the co-founder of The Oracle School of Colour in London, where she teaches and practises colour therapy and reflexology. She has written numerous books on complementary therapies.

Complementary Therapies for Older People in Care Sharon Tay Sep-13 176pp 9781848191785 pb ÂŁ14.99 / $24.95 JKSG VXH

How working with older people in care is different to working with younger clients.

An invaluable companion for novice therapists working with older people in care, this book offers unique practical advice on issues that are often overlooked in training. With useful examples and explanatory photographs throughout, the book will give novice therapists the confidence and practical tools they need to provide care that is tailored to suit the specific needs of older people. It covers assessing older clients for appropriate treatments, communicating effectively with clients, care staff and relatives, adapting treatments for clients with specific health conditions including dementia, working around beds, wheelchairs and medical equipment, hygiene, safety issues, ethical considerations and coping with the death of a client. The final chapters provide guidelines for using specific complementary therapies and techniques with older clients, including reflexology, aromatherapy and massage. This is an essential handbook for complementary, natural and beauty therapists who have recently started working with, or who are training to work with, older people in care settings, including in care homes, hospitals, private homes and in palliative care. Contents: Introduction. 1. Support Aids, Special Needs and Communication. 2. Medication, Illness and Nutritional Impairments. 3. Hygiene Practice. 4. Fingernail and Skin Care Tips. 5. Cosmetics, Essential Oils and Beauty Therapy 6. Natural Therapies for Older People. 7. Reflexology and Face Reflexology for People in Care. 8. Home Visits and Hospital Visits. 9. The Code of Ethics and the Delicate Balance. Conclusion. References. Further Reading. Useful Websites.


Sharon Tay is a beauty therapist, natural therapist and reflexologist who specialises in working with older people in care. She is the author of The Carer's Cosmetic Handbook: Simple Health and Beauty Tips for Older Persons, published by JKP. She lives in Lenah Valley, Tasmania.

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supporting your practice

How to Incorporate Wellness Coaching into Your Therapeutic Practice A Handbook for Therapists and Counsellors

Laurel Alexander 2011 272pp 9781848190634 pb £18.99 / $32.95 VXH MQU MBNH9

Wellness coaching is an emerging and vibrant area of healthcare. It takes healing beyond the curing of symptoms and empowers clients to take their health back into their own hands. This book provides therapists with the knowledge and skills to rejuvenate their therapeutic practice by incorporating wellness coaching techniques into their range of services. Laurel Alexander redefines wellness as an integrated lifestyle and mindset process and shows that wellness coaching can be a profound and practical way to help clients make meaningful changes to their health and outlook. The book offers a wellness coaching toolbox, explaining key skills such as how to create an organic personal wellness plan, how to build client rapport and give constructive feedback, and how to apply different coaching models effectively. Practical steps and examples make it easy for any therapist or counsellor to pick up the reins of wellness coaching for themselves. Exciting new developments such as wellness diagnostic services, preventative healthcare, customised treatments and DIY healthcare are explored.

Laurel Alexander is a complementary therapist, coach, trainer and widely published author with over 20 years of experience in the wellness industry. She runs Wellness Professionals at Work, providing business coaching for healthcare professionals and a range of accredited wellness courses. She is based in Sussex, UK.

Relating to Clients

The Therapeutic Relationship for Complementary Therapists

Su Fox 2007 176pp 9781843106159 pb £13.99 / $26.95 MX MBPK JKS

Help to set boundaries with clients. Complementary therapists are seldom trained in the ‘people skills’ necessary for working with their clients. This practical guide provides the key elements of the psychotherapeutic relationship for people working in non-verbal modalities. The book provides information and exercises to help practitioners improve their style of interacting with clients by setting clear boundaries, having a defined contract with them, communicating effectively and being a good listener, among other things. Su Fox also uses illustrative case studies to offer strategies for managing ‘difficult’ clients and for working through the difficult feelings one may experience with other clients. ‘This much needed book fills a gap. It is a primer to the pychotherapeutic appreciation of relationship, an understading that is often omitted from complementary training.’ - The Fulcrum 16

Su Fox is a massage and craniosacral therapist, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in London and an assessor for The Massage Training Institute.

CORE Bodywork and Rolfing Tools to Release Bodymindcore Trauma

Noah Karrasch Illustrated by Lovella Lindsey 2009 184pp 9781848190160 pb £12.99 / $18.95 VXH YXA MQT MXH

Many of us hold on to old fears, traumas and stresses and allow them to define and frame our lives. Based on the idea that the body is composed of twenty-one important hinges, Meet Your Body shows how we can ‘oil’ and free these hinges, stretching the body out so we can feel healthy and happy more of the time. Noah’s therapeutic work is influenced by his background in Rolfing, a hands-on manipulation of the body’s connective tissue designed to enhance posture and freedom of movement. From this theory of structural integration, Karrasch has developed a focus on the inseparable connection between our minds and our bodies, our bodymindcore. Guiding the reader through the various hinges of the body, from the big toe to the hip to the head, the author shows how learning to isolate and stretch these hinges in new ways can lead to a happy bodymindcore, making a great difference to overall health and wellbeing. This book offers people with both ordinary and extraordinary body challenges new ideas for how they can make changes in the way their bodies work for them.

Body Intelligence

Creating a New Environment Second edition

Ged Sumner 2009 224pp 9781848190269 pb £12.99 / $19.95 MX MFC

Body Intelligence offers a new understanding of how the body works and leads the reader to a greater sense of wellbeing and an enriched sense of self. The anatomy of the body is explored using common descriptions and a multitude of images, allowing the reader to visualize and work with different levels of the body. Experiential exercises, guided meditations and movements are provided throughout the book, helping the reader to develop improved levels of health and body intelligence. As body intelligence increases through these exercises, physical changes occur and a new posture emerges, followed by positive mental and emotional shifts.


understanding the body

Meet Your Body

specific conditions


A Multidisciplinary Approach to Managing Ehlers-Danlos (Type III) - Hypermobility Syndrome Working with the Chronic Complex Patient

Isobel Knight With contributions from Professor Howard Bird, Dr Alan Hakim, Rosemary Keer, Dr Andrew Lucas, Dr Jane Simmonds and John Wilks Foreword by Professor Rodney Grahame Mar-13 368pp 9781848190801 pb £24.99 / $39.95 MQV VFJD MQS VXH

The complex effects of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Type 3, Hypermobility), or EDSIII, on a patient’s physical and mental wellbeing are extremely challenging for everyone involved, requiring a multidisciplinary care team and enormous dedication from the patient. This book presents an overview of what it means to be a chronic complex patient, examining the wide range of physiological and psychological implications associated with EDSIII and other conditions such as endometriosis and fibromyalgia. It explores the exercise and rehabilitation work involved in managing the condition effectively, considering a diverse range of medical treatments and complementary approaches including physiotherapy, Bowen Technique and Feldenkrais Method(R). The author links her own symptoms and experiences to those of other EDSIII patients and discusses what recovery means and how she has been able to reach a point where she can successfully manage the condition. BESTSELLER

A Guide to Living with Hypermobility Syndrome Bending without Breaking

Isobel Knight Foreword by Dr. Alan J. Hakim 2011 240pp 9781848190689 pb £12.99 / $19.95 VFJD VFM VXH

This book is the complete guide to living with and managing HMS, and ultimately enjoying a fulfilling life. The book covers everything from recognising symptoms and obtaining initial diagnosis to living with the condition on a daily basis. The author looks at how the condition affects children and adolescents, and explores pain management (including the use of physiotherapy, pilates and a selected range of complementary health therapies), pregnancy, physical and psychological aspects of the condition. 18

Isobel Knight is a writer, researcher and periodic lecturer on Ehlers-Danlos (Type III) Hypermobility Syndrome. Isobel is also a practising Bowen Therapist and lives in South London.

specific conditions

Breaking Free from Persistent Fatigue Lucie Montpetit 2012 288pp 9781848191013 pb £16.99 / $24.95 VFJB MBNH9 MMJT VXH MQT

Many factors of twenty first century life are impacting negatively on our quality of sleep and self-restorative functions. The pressure for increased productivity, less than ideal diet, constant technological changes, environmental pollution and unrealistic self expectations mean that a growing number of people are suffering from debilitating and persistent fatigue. This book explains the body-mind balance and how it can be destabilised resulting in fatigue. It combines practical ways to measure energy levels and identify stressors with concrete suggestions for how to modify habits, detoxify lifestyles and tackle daily challenges head on. The author employs her vast professional and personal experience of conquering Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) to address the physiological and psychological factors affecting our energy levels, from diet and environment, to breathing and the internal workings of our bodies. This detailed and comprehensive guide offer a fresh outlook for anyone who suffers from general fatigue, stress and conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Disorders, Adjustment Disorder, Depression and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction as well as the professionals who work with them.

Lucie Montpetit is an occupational therapist with over 25 years’ experience who has worked in a variety of hospital and outpatients settings. She has personally suffered from debilitating fatigue and restored her health through the methods she now teaches others. She lives in Montreal, Canada.

‘Lucie Montpetit’s unique program, laid out in this book, combines scientific research with principles from psychology to equip the reader with the knowledge and capacity to help themselves, and feel the positive impact of doing so.’ - Nicole Seguin, Clinical Psychologist, Montreal, Canada

of related interest

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Support for Family and Friends

Elizabeth Turp Part of the Support for Family and Friends series 2010 240pp 9781849051415 pb £11.99 / $18.95 VFJD

People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/ME experience extreme tiredness and a range of other symptoms. This book provides the families and friends of people with CFS/ME with an accessible introduction to the condition, and explains what can be done to support those who have it. It offers useful advice on how to help a loved one cope with the illness, and suggests ways to help them with everyday issues such as personal hygeine, nutrition, finances, and relationships. This book will also be a useful resource for health professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of CFS/ME. 19

Elizabeth Turp is an integrative counsellor working in NHS primary care and private practice on Merseyside in the UK.

specific conditions

out in September Breathe Well and Live Well with COPD A 28-Day Breathing Exercise Plan

Janet Brindley Foreword by Linda Shampan Paperback: September 2013 96pp 9781848191648 pb £10.99 / $16.95 VXH VFJB

Practising regular breathing exercises helps to develop healthy breathing patterns, which can lessen the effects of breathing difficulties caused by COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). This is a short, practical guide to using new therapeutic breathing exercises which focus on techniques to reduce breathlessness and control coughing to help you to get the most out of every breath. The exercises are simple, easy to follow, and designed to work alongside usual medical care. No special equipment is necessary, you can practise in your own home at your own pace, and this illustrated guide contains all the information you need to get started. This handbook will be perfect for anyone with COPD who wants to help manage their breathing difficulties, coughing and fatigue with simple and effective techniques. Professionals working with COPD sufferers, such as physiotherapists, physical therapists and carers, will also find the book of interest.

Janet Brindley came across therapeutic breathing exercises in 1998. They dramatically improved her asthma, and that of her fourteen-year-old son. She went on to teach yoga and Buteyko breathing techniques. She has since worked with doctors, physiotherapists and nurses to develop a professional training course.

Curves, Twists and Bends

A Practical Guide to Pilates for Scoliosis

Annette Wellings with Alan Herdman 2009 160pp 9781848190252 pb £12.99 / $18.95 VFJD VXH VFM

Written in response to the many requests for a practical and accessible guide to exercise for scoliosis sufferers, Curves, Twists and Bends combines the experience of Annette Wellings, who has major scoliosis, with that of Alan Herdman, the UK’s leading Pilates teacher. This clear and concise book explains what scoliosis is, its symptoms, and its physical and psychological impact. It includes a series of Pilates exercises, designed by the authors specifically to promote flexibility, posture and muscle strength in scoliosis sufferers, and also vital information on what exercises to avoid. It offers basic strategies and practical tips for living with the condition, including useful advice on diet, rest, sitting, carrying and how to dress. ‘The book is a useful tool for addressing scoliosis through exercise, both for those who have the condition and for Pilates instructors with scoliotic clients.’ - PilatesPro


Annette Wellings is a Pilates instructor who suffers from major scoliosis. Alan Herdman is the UK’s leading practitioner of Pilates.

Qigong and Chinese Self-Massage for Everyday Health Care Ways to Address Chronic Health Issues and to Improve Your Overall Health Based on Chinese Medicine Techniques Compiled by Zeng Qingnan Part of the Qigong for Health series December 2013 192pp 978-1-84819-199-0pb £12.99 / $19.95 VXHT1 VXH INCLUDING • Stiff Neck • Sciatica • Lower Blood Pressure • Shoulder Pain and Backache • Gastrointestinal Diseases • Cervical Spondylosis • Myopia…

Discover the quick and easy Chinese exercise approach to common daily health problems in this fully-illustrated and easy-to-follow handbook. Based on millennia of effective Chinese medicine and health practice, the Qigong and self-massage techniques described take just a few minutes a day, and can resolve on-going issues such as knee pain, hemorrhoids, insomnia, sciatica and lower back pain. More immediate problems such as a stiff neck or a headache can be addressed straight away, and there is even a remedy for grey hair. The last part of the book introduces simple and quick exercises, based on Chinese medicine, which can be used to promote overall health and wellbeing. Learn how to strengthen and protect your teeth, how to get a better night’s sleep, and how to refresh and tonify your brain. All of the exercises are clearly explained with easy-to-follow written instructions and illustrations, and they all take less than 10 to 15 minutes to complete. No drugs or equipment is involved in any of the exercises - all you need is your own body. This practical book will be invaluable to anyone who is seeking respite from particular chronic health problems, or who simply wants to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Contents: Preface by Professor Xie Zhufan. Part 1. Methods of Curing Diseases. Part 2. Methods of Keeping Fit.



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Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong Essential NeiGong for Health and Spiritual Transformation Master Zhongxian Wu and Dr Karin Taylor Wu 2012 200pp 9781848191037 pb £15.99 / $24.95 VXHT1 WSTM

Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong is a traditional Chinese internal alchemy method that embodies the spirit of the rising dragon, an auspicious symbol of transformation in Chinese culture. The form works directly on the acupuncture meridians, releasing areas of stagnation and bringing the physical and emotional body into a balanced state of well-being. This Qigong form implements special visualization and breathing techniques in addition to movements that imitate sparks arising from a bonfire and swirling upward like a spiraling dragon. Stoking our ‘inner fire’ melts away the ‘ice’, or the areas of blockage and disease, opens our energetic pathways and allows the smooth flow of Qi in our meridians. The Fire Dragon practice follows the traditional internal alchemy process, where Jing (essence) transforms to Qi (vital energy), Qi transforms to Shen (spirit), and Shen returns to Emptiness. Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong is a key Qigong form for those seeking healing from cancer and other significant health challenges, and is the practice the authors turned to in order to transform the grief over their son’s death. The book provides background information and a detailed description of the form itself, illustrated with calligraphy, meridian drawings, and photographs throughout.

Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong

Essential NeiGong for Health and Spiritual Transformation

Master Zhongxian Wu 2012 87 minutes 9781848191112 DVD £30.00/ $39.95 WSTM VXHT1

In this DVD Master Wu provides detailed instruction of the Fire Dragon form. He describes each movement from a NeiGong (internal alchemy) perspective, and demonstrates the entire form.


Master Zhongxian Wu, a lifelong Daoist practitioner, is the lineage holder of four different schools of Qigong and martial arts. Since 1988, Master Wu has instructed thousands of students, both Eastern and Western. He has authored 11 books (five in Chinese) on Chinese wisdom traditions.


Tranquil Sitting

A Taoist Journal on Meditation and Chinese Medical Qigong

Yin Shi Zi translated by Shifu Hwang and Cheney Crow Forewords by Master Zhongxian Wu & Glenn H. Mullin 2012 96pp 9781848191129 pb £12.99 / $19.95 VXM HRKN5

The meditation journal in millions of Chinese homes. Tranquil Sitting is the Taoist Master Yin Shi Zi’s practical guide and inspirational testament to the healing power and spiritual benefits of meditation and Chinese medical Qigong. The book explores the theory and physiological aspects of meditation and offers practical instruction in traditional meditation techniques. It also documents Yin Shi Zi’s personal experiences with meditation, his own self-healing which he attributes to his Taoist practice, and his initiation into the Tibetan tantric practice of opening the crown of the head. Faithfully translated from the Chinese, this is an influential text that belongs on the bookshelves of everyone with an interest in Taoist practice and meditation. ‘Master Yin Shi Zi’s book so enthralled me that I read it in a single sitting. His training in classical Chinese medicine and as a professor of physiology enables him to express both his own experiences and his guide to cultivating a practice of these methods in a language easily comprehensible to the modern reader. His book is a wonderful contribution to our understanding of the nature of Taoist/Buddhist yoga, meditation, and inner science.’ - Glenn H. Mullin, author of Selected Works of the Dalai Lama and Death and Dying


Yin Shi Zi was a Chinese Master who trained in classical Chinese medicine. He wrote Tranquil Sitting in 1954 at the age of 81. Shifu Hwang is a practicing Taoist of the Chuen Zen School. He established Immortal Cancer Care Foundation. Cheney Crow has a PhD in Applied Linguistics and taught at the University of Texas for 20 years.



Heavenly Streams Meridian Theory in Nei Gong Damo Mitchell Foreword by Rob Aspell Mar-13 304pp 9781848191167 pb £17.99 / $29.95 WSTM HRKN5 VXHT1

The art of connecting with, feeling and adjusting the energy body using the consciousness is a key aspect of Nei Gong and Qi Gong. It sits somewhere between Qi Gong, meditation and the lesser-known art of Shen Gong, and although it is known in China it has never before been written about in an accessible way in the West. Damo Mitchell provides step-by-step instructions on how to experience the various elements which make up the energy body, explaining how to identify and feel these, and how to diagnose imbalances and restore harmony. He describes the nature of the five elements, the meridians and the meridian points, inviting the reader to experience them through guided internal exercises using the body, breath and mind. ‘Damo’s explanations and insights are indispensable. Whether you are just beginning your journey of personal development with an interest inphilosophical and spiritual thought, or even if you are a fully qualified practitioner of Chinese medicine, Heavenly Streams will certainly enrich your practice.’ - from the foreword by Rob Aspell, Practitioner of Chinese Medicine and the Daoist Arts BESTSELLER

Daoist Nei Gong

The Philosophical Art of Change

Damo Mitchell Foreword by Dr Cindy Engel 2011 240pp 9781848190658 pb £14.99 / $24.95 HRKN5 WSTM

Nei Gong has been a well-kept secret within the Daoist sects of China for centuries. Based upon the original teachings of the great sage Laozi, it has only ever been taught to close students of the masters chosen as the heads of the ancient orders. This book provides a breakdown of the entire Nei Gong process, explains the underpinning philosophy, and contains an entire set of Qigong exercises.


Damo Mitchell has studied the martial, medical and spiritual arts of Asia since the age of four. His studies have taken him across the planet in search of authentic masters. He is the technical director of the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts, and teaches Nei Gong in the UK, Sweden and the USA.


Everyday Qigong Practice Richard Bertschinger Illustrated by Harriet E J Lewars Nov-12 80pp 9781848191174 pb £9.99 / $16.95 WSTM VFMG

Early-stage Qigong practitioners often find it difficult to establish a daily Qigong practice. This useful handbook teaches simple Qigong exercises that can be easily practised in the home every day. The book provides guidance for a series of warm-ups and exercises which are easy to learn, very effective and all based on ancient and traditional practice. These include refreshing Early Morning Meditations; the classic Eight-Sectioned Brocade; the dynamic Three Circles Posture; the Ten Aggrievement Exercises, which are great for combating bad moods; and the Three Lowerings, an exercise for sound sleep; as well as Rubbing Exercises, selfmassage for combating stiffness, aches and pains. The author offers advice throughout on important points to remember when practising Qigong at home and how to deal with any problems that arise in a straightforward and relaxed manner. Suitable for young and old, this introduction to classic Qigong for daily practice translates the traditional Chinese teaching expressions into English that reflects the multi-layered meaning of the original. The meditations and exercises will be particularly healing for those recovering from illness.

You Are How You Move Experiential Chi Kung

Ged Sumner 2009 176pp 9781848190146 pb £12.99 / $21.95 VXH VFMG

Ged Sumner writes with rich insights into how to begin to think about your body and how to take the steps that will enable you to transform your practice. Completely accessible to those new to the field, the book will also be transformative for more experienced practitioners, providing many new ways of looking at ‘old’ elements of Chi Kung practice. ‘Practicing craniosocial therapist and chi kung teacher Ged Sumner beleives chi kung is the best kept secret on the planet. In You Are How You Move, Sumner says that exercise has long been considered as a stressful activity - in fact, he says in modern society there’s an overwhelming tendency for everything to be stressful. That’s where chi kung comes in. There’s an alternative way to exercise that involves being gentle with yourself and enjoyable, while being no less powerful. You Are How You Move shows the reader, using photographs throughout the book, how to tap into their body, find the body’s centre and spine, and listen to the message it gives them.’ - Australian Natural Health 25

Richard Bertschinger studied for ten years with the Taoist sage and Master, Gia-fu Feng. A practising acupuncturist, teacher of the healing arts, and translator of ancient Chinese texts, he works and practises in Somerset, England.


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Facial Enhancement Acupuncture The Definitive Guide Paul Adkins Sep-13 144pp 9781848191297 pb ÂŁ19.99 / $29.95 VXHT1 VFXC VFJB

Cosmetic acupuncture (also known as facial enhancement, facial revitalisation or facial rejuvenation acupuncture) is a holistic treatment that treats the whole person, and has a long and distinguished history in Chinese medicine. Cosmetic acupuncture targets points and muscles of the face in order to improve the elasticity of the skin and general overall appearance, as well as addressing constitutional points on the legs, arms and body to balance and harmonise the inner elements. This is a practical guide to performing cosmetic acupuncture, demonstrating in detail the acupuncture points and techniques used in this procedure. It clearly explains the rationale behind the needling of each face and neck point alongside the illustrational diagram. This is the perfect, comprehensive guide for acupuncturists and acupuncture students who want to learn how to incorporate this alternative to surgical procedures into their practice. Contents: 1. Introduction to Facial Enhancement Acupuncture. 2. The History of Facial Acupuncture. 3. The Specific Acupuncture Points that we use. 4. Treatment Protocols of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture. 5. Facial Massage as an Alternative to Acupuncture. 6. Advanced Facial Enhancement Techniques. 7. Step by Step Guide to the Complete Protocol. 8. Patient Case Studies for Facial Enhancement Acupuncture.


Paul Adkins established The Mitchell Hill Clinic in the south west of England and has been practising acupuncture there for over eight years. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and has trained acupuncturists in over 30 countries to perform this natural, anti-ageing treatment.


Pocket Handbook of Particularly Effective Acupoints for Common Conditions Illustrated in Color Guo Changqing Guoyan and Zhaiwei Liu Naigang Feb-13 272pp 9781848191204 pb £13.99 / $19.95 VXHT1 VXHJ

This book provides a practical guide to the key acupuncture points that aid the treatment of many common conditions. It covers the most important acupuncture points located on the fourteen meridians, from the five-shu points to the confluence points of the eight extraordinary vessels. With full color illustrations, it offers practical information on the locations, functions and indications for the points and how they should be needled or otherwise treated. The names of the points are presented in both English and Chinese, providing readers with a comprehensive pocket reference for the treatment of common conditions using acupuncture.

Needling Techniques for Acupuncturists Basic Principles and Techniques

Chief Editor: Professor Chang Xiaorong 2011 80pp 9781848190573 Mixed media product £14.99 / $22.95 VXHT1 YXG YXG

This introduction to the key principles of needling techniques for acupuncturists has been produced with the needs of the student in mind, and serves as a core learning tool for beginners, and a handy reference for later use. Explanations are clear and illustrated with diagrams, and fully demonstrated in action on the accompanying DVD (for PC only). BESTSELLER

Illustrated Chinese Moxibustion Techniques and Methods Professor Chang Xiaorong, Professor Hong Jing and Professor Yi Shouxiang 2012 352pp 9781848190870 pb £29.99 / $49.95 VXHT1 VXHT

This authoritative text provides a complete overview of Chinese moxibustion techniques and methods, including detailed treatments and contraindications for a wide range of conditions. The authors cover the fundamentals of theory as well as the skills and techniques practitioners will need, and provide a detailed summary of all of the acupoints commonly used in moxatherapy. The book also covers the ways in which moxatherapy can be used to cultivate general health and wellbeing in patients, and explains in detail how to treat a wide range of complaints. 27

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yoga and indian dance

Mudras of India A Comprehensive Guide to the Hand Gestures of Yoga and Indian Dance

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Cain Carroll and Revital Carroll Foreword by Dr. David Frawley 2012 336pp 9781848190849 hb £29.99/ $45.00 May-13 336pp 9781848191099 pb £16.99/ $29.95 HPDF VXH VFMG

For the first time, the elaborate system of mudras - as applied in yoga and Indian dance - has been organized into a comprehensive, fully-indexed and cross-referenced format that allows readers access to this still esoteric body of knowledge. A new chapter that comprehensively lists the benefits of hand mudras, covering major health concerns as well spiritual and psycho-energetic categories, has been added for the paperback edition.

The Healing Power of Mudras The Yoga of the Hands

Rajendar Menen 2010 112pp 9781848190436 pb £8.99 HPDF VFMG

Covering all you need to know about performing Mudras, this insightful and informative book will enable you to gain an understanding of a form of yoga that has already helped thousands of people. Clear illustrations explain exactly how to use Mudras, and chapters explore everything from the use of Mudras in dance and martial arts to diet and the practice of visualisation. Further sections look at how combining Mudras with positive colours and music can improve your wellbeing. They take minutes to perform, and can be done almost anywhere at any time, yet the effects are hugely beneficial.


Cain Carroll teaches yoga, qigong, meditation and selfhealing worldwide. He has trained extensively under the guidance of Daoist, Buddhist and Indian Yoga masters. Revital Carroll has been dedicated to the study of Indian spiritual arts since childhood. Intensive study and practice of yoga and meditation in the Himalayas led her to discover her passion for Odissi Indian Dance.

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Mudras of Yoga 72 Hand Gestures for Healing and Spiritual Growth Cain Carroll With Revital Carroll October 2013 9781848191761 Card Set: £17.99/ $25.00 HPDF VXH


Abhaya Hrdaya Mudra

Abhaya Hrdaya Mudra

Ç∫æ„Æ溋Ɵ˙ English “fearless heart”


Hand mudras have been used for centuries in yogic traditions to promote health and wellbeing, and they are considered valuable tools on the path of spiritual awakening. This card set provides 72 of the most important hand mudras used in yoga to support mental and spiritual development. Each card presents a full-colour image of the mudra with the Sanskrit name, transliteration and English translation. The back of each card includes information on technique, applications and benefits of the mudra. The accompanying booklet contains background information on the mudras, how to practice them at home, and details on how each of the 72 mudras can be used to address a variety of common health complaints.

Transliteration AbhayahŸdayamudrÅ


Technique Raise the hands in front of the chest, palms facing center. Cross the wrists with the backs of the hands touching, right hand closest to your body, palms facing to the sides. Firmly interlock the index, middle, and little fingers, while connecting the tips of the thumb and ring finger on both hands, forming two rings.


Application In a seated meditation posture, hold the mudra firmly to your chest. Pull down gently, rooting the gesture toward the base of your sternum. Breathe naturally and hold for 5 to 45 minutes.


Benefits Nourishes the heart and lungs, improves digestion, imparts a powerful sense of vitality and calm, can help reduce nightmares and reestablish basic sanity to a troubled mind. Use of this mudra is especially helpful during times of exhaustion, healing from debilitating illness, or regaining strength after surgery. Energetically, it allows heat to descend from the head through the chest down into the belly, thus regulating the healthy function of all the internal organs.

Note May be performed lying down (especially in the case of recuperation after surgery or serious illness), yet it is important that the upper body be slightly elevated so that the head and chest are higher than the belly. This takes pressure off the heart and regulates blood pressure.

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Mudras of Indian Dance 52 Hand Gestures for Artistic Expression Revital Carroll With Cain Carroll October 2013 9781848191754 Card Set: £17.99/ $25.00 ASD HPDF



Mayura Mudra

Mayura Mudra

ºæ›¿º‹ÆŸ˙ English “peacock” Transliteration MayâramudrÅ


Drawn from two of the most important ancient texts on the subject, the Natya Shastra and the Abhinaya Darpana, this set of user-friendly cards shows the 52 fundamental hand mudras used in Indian dance and theatre. These gestures are the basis for an entire language of hand articulation. Each card presents a full-colour image of the mudra with Sanskrit name, transliteration and English translation, and information on origins and applications. From storytelling to representations of human emotion to spiritual symbolism, hand mudras are a potent and expressive features of Classical Indian Dance.


Technique Raise your hand to face outward with your fingers collected and extended upward. Join the tips of the ring finger and the thumb.


Application Peacock beak, creeper vine, bird of omen, vomiting, stroking the hair or decorating the forehead, placing tilak on the forehead, sprinkling holy water over the head, discussing the shastras, to demonstrate a renowned person, to bow.


Origin This mudra is also known as Vajrapataka Mudra, which in Hindu ritual denotes the vajra (“thunderbolt”), the weapon of Indra.

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Ladybird’s Remarkable Relaxation How children (and frogs, dogs, flamingos and dragons) can use yoga relaxation to help deal with stress, grief, bullying and lack of confidence Michael Chissick Illustrated by Sarah Peacock Sep-13 48pp 9781848191464 hb £12.99 / $19.95 YBCS VFJP

Frog, Dog, Flamingo and Dragon are all very upset. Frog has too many chores to do, Dog has writer’s block, Flamingo is being bullied at school and Dragon’s granddad has just died. Ladybird listens to their worries and comes up with a plan that will help them all. Let’s learn Ladybird’s Remarkable Relaxation! This beautiful picture book teaches an effective yoga relaxation technique that can be used anywhere and anytime to deal with a problem. Whether they feel stressed like Frog, or lack confidence like Dog, children will relate to the cast of delightful characters and learn that they too can use relaxation to cope with anxiety, bullying, or grief, and face their worries. BESTSELLER

Frog’s Breathtaking Speech

How Children (and Frogs) Can Use Yoga Breathing to Deal with Anxiety, Anger and Tension

Michael Chissick Illustrated by Sarah Peacock 2012 48pp 9781848190917 hb £12.99 / $19.95 YBCS VFJP

Frog is very worried as he has an important speech to make at his school assembly. The speech is about breathing and he doesn’t know a thing about it! He asks his friends for help and they teach him all about the lion breath, the crocodile breath, the humming bee breath and the woodchopper breath. Can any of these breathing techniques calm his nerves before the big speech? This charming illustrated picture book teaches children four yoga breathing techniques in a fun and interactive way. The story successfully increases children’s awareness of their breath and shows how breathing can be used to deal with anger, anxiety and tension. 30

Michael Chissick has been teaching yoga to children in primary mainstream and special needs schools as part of the integrated school day since 1999. He is a specialist in teaching yoga to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Michael trains and mentors students who want to teach yoga to children. Sarah Peacock is an illustrator, a primary school teacher and Maths Specialist in Hertfordshire, UK. She holds a first class degree in theatre design from Nottingham Trent University.

Chair Yoga

Seated Exercises for Health and Wellbeing

Edeltraud Rohnfeld Illustrated by Edeltraud Rohnfeld Translated by Anne Oppenheimer 2011 192pp 9781848190788 pb £12.99 / $19.95 VFMG VFJD

Chair yoga is a revolutionary concept designed to make the numerous benefits of classical yoga available to a wider range of physical abilities. This step-by-step program can be practiced by virtually anyone, anywhere, in any chair, to stimulate physical and mental well-being. ‘Chair Yoga provides some 90 easy exercises that have been specially developed to include those with limited mobility, helping this stand out from the crowd of exercise guides that assume full functioning. Clear directions offer keys to routines that don’t require prior knowledge of yoga or exercise, with movements accompanied by explanations of their benefits. Yoga teachers who want to bend chair yoga into their classes as well as those who want an at-home problem accommodating limited mobility will find this a top pick from a qualified yoga teacher.’ - The Midwest Book Review

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Edeltraud Rohnfeld taught private yoga classes in Berlin for 15 years and trained yoga teachers and healthcare professionals. She later specialised in chair yoga, learning from its founder Erika Hammerstroem. She moved to Ireland in 2008 where she runs seminars on chair and classic yoga.


Seated Exercises for Health and Wellbeing

Edeltraud Rohnfeld October 2013 83 minutes 9781848191846 DVD: £10.99/ $17.95 BIC: VFMG

This DVD’s two 40-minute sequences contain easy-to-master exercises that have been specially developed for people without the range of movement necessary for mat work. The exercises provide a gentle approach, whilst still retaining the numerous physical and mental benefits of classical yoga. The clear voiceover instructions and visual onscreen demonstrations guide the viewer through the routines, which can be carried out safely without any previous knowledge or yoga expertise. The DVD can be used alone or in groups and will be popular with anyone wanting to experience the health benefits of an easy, versatile form of yoga, particularly older people, people rehabilitating from illness or injury and those with physical disabilities, as well as the professionals who support them.


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Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting

Nancy Williams Illustrated by Leslie White 2010 208pp 9781848190276 pb £12.99 / $19.95 VXH VFJD VFMG

Yoga therapy is gaining rapid recognition as a form of treatment that can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of children with a variety of complex needs. This book contains a specially-designed yoga program for use with children of all abilities, and provides both parents and professionals with the knowledge they need to carry out the therapy themselves. The programme consists of a series of postures designed to help children understand and use their bodies, and work towards positive changes such as realigning the spine, encouraging eye-contact, and promoting calm and steady breathing.

Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Dion E. Betts and Stacey W. Betts Forewords by Louise Goldberg, Registered Yoga Teacher and Joshua S. Betts 2006 104pp 9781843108177 pb £12.99 / $19.95 IVFJD VFMG VFV YXA

This fully-illustrated book offers a range of gentle and fun yoga positions and breathing techniques that are effective in dealing with the increased levels of anxiety, disorientation and tactile sensitivity often found in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The authors give step-by-step descriptions of warming-up, strengthening, calming, and tension-releasing exercises that are suitable for reducing coping mechanisms, such as hand-flapping, and increasing muscle tone, muscle strength and body awareness.

Integrated Yoga

Yoga with a Sensory Integrative Approach

Nicole Cuomo 2007 104pp 9781843108627 pb £12.99 / $19.95 VFJD MQT VFMG

Practising yoga creates a sense of calm and focus and heightens awareness of the body’s functions and movements. For children with sensory processing difficulties - because they either have low sensory thresholds and are overwhelmed by sensory stimulation, or because they have high thresholds and do not register stimulation - yoga can be hugely beneficial. This book presents easy-to-follow basic postures and sequences for children and young people which can be easily adapted for adults.


What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you Revised Edition Maggie La Tourelle with Anthea Courtenay Foreword by John F. Thie, D.C. Feb-13 200pp 9781848191495 pb ÂŁ9.99 / $15.95 VXH MX

Kinesiology is a system of natural health care that combines muscle testing with the principles of Chinese medicine to assess energy and body function. A touch therapy, it uses a range of gentle yet powerful healing techniques and can be effective in the treatment of many conditions, including allergies, backache, fatigue, emotional difficulties, headaches and skin and bowel problems. This book describes how kinesiology can help with these problems by correcting imbalances found in the different forms of kinesiology assessment. This introductory guide explains how kinesiology works, how to find a practitioner and how it is usefully applied with other therapies, as well as how self-help techniques can be applied. It will be of interest to anyone considering kinesiology treatment, or simply wanting to find out more about this healing system. Students and practitioners of kinesiology and related practices will find it to be a useful reference, and a perfect introduction to recommend to clients.

Principles of the Alexander Technique What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you 2nd Edition

Jeremy Chance Foreword by Dr David Garlick Jan-13 200pp 9781848191280 pb ÂŁ9.99 / $15.95 VXHA VXH

This introductory guide presents readers with a definitive overview of the Alexander technique which teaches us how to co-ordinate mind and body effectively so that our thinking is clarified and our movements become naturally lighter. Encompassing everything from teaching lineages to how the method works to how to find a practitioner, the book provides all the key information on the topic. It also includes a chapter on how to practise the technique at home as well as a useful resources section.


Maggie La Tourelle has worked in the field of holistic healthcare for thirty years as a practitioner, teacher and writer integrating kinesiology, counselling, psychotherapy and NLP. She lives in London, UK. Anthea Courtenay is a freelance writer, journalist and translator, also based in London.

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Principles of Reiki What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you Revised edition Kajsa Krishni Boräng Foreword by Wanja Twan Feb-13 128pp 9781848191389 pb £9.99 / $15.95 VXHK VXH

Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing system based on channelling spiritual energy through the hands. Taught through initiation, it is extremely effective for treating many health and emotional problems, and brings a profound sense of relaxation and peace. This concise introduction covers the history and spiritual principles of Reiki, how it is taught and practiced and what to expect from a Reiki treatment. The author explains how Reiki can be used in healing in everyday life and how to find a Reiki teacher. ‘This is the only Reiki book that I recommend to my students and I am delighted that it is back in print. It tells you everything you need to know about Reiki with very practical advice. Krishni has a wealth and depth of experience from her many years of practice and close association with one of Hawayo Takata’s Masters, Wanja Twan.’ - Martha Sylvester, Reiki Master

Principles of NLP

What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you Revised Edition

Joseph O’Connor and Ian McDermott Foreword by Robert Dilts Apr-13 176pp 9781848191617 pb £9.99 / $15.95 VXH V

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) teaches how to model excellence to achieve excellence in everything you do, from building confidence, to beating depression, to career development. This introductory guide explains the principles of NLP and how to use these principles in your life personally, spiritually and professionally. The book explains key concepts and shows how to be in tune with your patterns of behaviour and language and those of the people around you, and how to use this knowledge to reach your goals. 34

Kajsa Krishni Boräng has been a Reiki Master since 1984. Trained in psychology, she is also an Alexander Technique teacher, an acupuncturist and a Qi Gong instructor. She lived in an ashram in India for ten years, where she was initiated into the Reiki lineage by Wanja Twan. She now lives on an island north of Gothenburg, Sweden.

What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you 2nd edition

Karen A Webb Foreword by Helen Palmer Nov-12 208pp 9781848191235 pb £9.99 / $15.95 VX VSP

Still the definitive introduction to the Enneagram, this revised and updated edition covers all the key information on this curiously accurate system of knowledge about human personality. From its historical roots to how to use it in everyday life, the book encompasses all of the key aspects and principles of the subject. It also explores how the model can provide a lifelong guide that will encourage personal and spiritual growth.

Principles of Hypnotherapy

What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you Revised Edition

Vera Peiffer Jan-13 136pp 9781848191266 pb £9.99 / $15.95 JMTH MX

This introductory guide gives a definitive introduction to hypnotherapy. It explains what hypnotherapy is, how it works, what its origins are, what to expect from treatment and how to find a reputable hypnotherapist. It also looks in detail at how hypnotherapy can be used to address difficult memories and help with mental and emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, phobias and confidence problems, and unwanted habits such as smoking.

Principles of Bach Flower Remedies What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you Revised edition

Stefan Ball Feb-13 136pp 9781848191426 pb £9.99 / $15.95 VXH JKSN

Bach flower remedies are natural medicines derived from flowers that have the power to bring balance back into our lives. This concise introduction is designed to help you start using the remedies for yourself. The book covers the nature and history of Dr Bach’s famous system, with many case histories and examples to illustrate how it works. A complete list of remedies is included, along with useful information about how they are made, and a full description of the emotional states that they can help. There are also clear instructions describing how to select and take remedies.


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Principles of Chinese Medicine What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you 2nd Edition

Angela Hicks Apr-13 224pp 9781848191303 pb £9.99 / $15.95 VXHT1 JKSN

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, qigong, tui na massage and diet therapy have been used by the Chinese for over 2000 years, and they are still the treatments of choice for millions of people throughout the East. Covering everything from the basic theory of Chinese medicine to how to find a practitioner, the book provides a definitive introductory guide to this ancient system.

Principles of Chinese Herbal Medicine What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you Revised Edition

John Hicks Jan-13 160pp 9781848191334 pb £9.99 / $15.95 VXHT1 JKSN

This book presents an authoritative introduction to the fundamentals of Chinese herbal medicine. Covering everything from the history to the most important Chinese herbs and their properties to what to expect from a consultation, the book provides readers with all the key information about the theory and practice of this medical system. It offers advice on how to find a herbalist as well as providing tips on how to improve overall wellbeing. A definitive guide to the essentials of this method of treatment, this book is the perfect starting point for anyone wishing to learn about Chinese herbal medicine, whether for personal use or general interest.

Principles of Tibetan Medicine

What it is, how it works, and what it can do for you Revised Edition

Dr. Tamdin Sither Bradley Jan-13 224pp 9781848191341 pb £9.99 / $15.95 VXHT HPDF HREX

Tibetan medicine has been practised for over 2,500 years. Known as ‘gSo-ba-Rig-pa’, or ‘the science of healing’, it is based on Buddhist philosophical principles, astrology and the close relationship between body and mind. This concise introduction presents all the essential information on Tibetan medicine. It covers the basic theoretical principles, practice and history of this traditional system, as well as methods of diagnosis and treatments. With a comprehensive resources section, this book provides everything there is to know about Tibetan medicine at an introductory level. 36



The Functional Nutrition Cookbook Addressing Biochemical Imbalances through Diet

Lorraine Nicolle and Christine Bailey Foreword by The Institute of Functional Medicine 2012 256pp 9781848190795 pb £24.99 / $39.95 WBHS MBNH3 MX

This unique cookbook with a CD-ROM of printable recipes looks beyond intervening in the symptoms of health problems and addresses the ways in which diet can be used to help correct underlying imbalances in the body. Dealing with a range of different issues, including gastrointestinal, immune system and hormone imbalances, this book clearly explains the intricacies of each problem and offers useful tips on how to truly make a difference through diet. The recipes provided for each imbalance are easy to follow and are accompanied by detailed nutritional information. The information throughout the book, including the chapter on healthy ageing, is designed for clients who wish to optimise their health, whether or not they are currently facing health problems. With its focus on a personalised approach to helping people through diet, this book is an invaluable resource for nutritionists, health professionals and their clients.

Lorraine Nicolle is a nutrition practitioner and lecturer with a regular clinic at a London-based natural health centre. Christine Bailey is a nutritional practitioner, an experienced, trained chef, food and health consultant and cookery writer.


Biochemical Imbalances in Disease A Practitioner’s Handbook

Edited by Lorraine Nicolle and Ann Woodriff Beirne Foreword by David S. Jones MD, FABFP 2010 392pp 9781848190337 hb £45.00/ $69.95 MBNH3 MX

Biochemical imbalances caused by nutritional deficiencies are a contributory factor in chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, auto-immune conditions and cancer. This handbook for practitioners explains how to identify and treat such biochemical imbalances in order to better understand and manage a patient’s illhealth. The book examines a range of biochemical imbalances, including compromised adrenal or thyroid function, gastro-intestinal imbalances, immune system problems and sex hormone imbalances. It helps practitioners identify the imbalances through appropriate case history taking and laboratory testing, and design and implement effective nutritional interventions. Developed by leading academics and practitioners in the fields of nutritional therapy and functional medicine, this evidence-informed approach can be used with all patients who present in clinic, regardless of whether or not they have a ‘named medical condition’. 37

Ann Woodriff Beirne is based in Morisset, Australia. After achieving a BSc (Hons) in Food Science, Ann worked as a biomedical scientist for 10 years, gaining an MSc in Applied Immunology before moving into complementary therapy. She also has experience of lecturing on nutritional therapy, and was sub-editor of The Nutrition Practitioner for three years.



Ayurvedic Medicine

The Principles of Traditional Practice

Sebastian Pole 2012 400pp 9781848191136 hb £45.00/ $75.00 VXHT2 VXHT

Ayurvedic Medicine clearly and comprehensively presents the unique theories and traditions of Ayurveda making them accessible to the health practitioner of today. With a brief history of traditional medicine in India and discussion of principles, treatment strategies and traditional Ayurvedic pharmacy and pharmacology, the book offers an essential overview of the culture in which Ayurveda has developed and the scientific basis behind this holistic approach. It details over 100 plant profiles of Ayurvedic herbs, with images of fresh and dried plants in full colour, and 50 traditional formulas, including characteristics, usage, combinations, contraindications, and safety and dosage information for each. This essential resource explains the traditional medical system of Ayurveda, and provides guidance to students and practitioners on how to incorporate herbal medicine into their life and practice.

Sebastian Pole, Lic OHM, Ayur HC, is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Chinese Herbalist He is a member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association and former Director of the Pharmacopoeia Committee. Sebastian is also the Herbal Director of Pukka Herbs, The Organic Ayurvedic Herb Specialists.


Make Yourself Better

A Practical Guide to Restoring Your Body’s Wellbeing through Ancient Medicine

Philip Weeks 2012 240pp 9781848190122 pb £9.99 / $16.95 MBNH3 VFM

Applying his deep understanding of holistic medical traditions from both East and West, Philip Weeks guides the reader through the process of restoring the body’s wellbeing using a simple combination of natural techniques, diet and herbal medicines. He explores five key interconnected areas through which wellbeing can be attained nourishment; detoxification; lifestyle; activation; and mind, emotions and spirit - based on his analogy of the wheel of health. ‘Make Yourself Better has all the answers for those looking to make positive changes to their health and vitality. Packed to the brim with illuminating information on nutrition, fitness, environmental toxins, as well as the relationship between emotions and health, this book will empower you to make informed decisions about your day-today life and make you feel better.’ - Natural Lifestyle


GOLD MEDAL WINNER Body category Living Now Book Awards

Philip Weeks is a leading expert on natural medicine and nutrition and is a master herbalist and acupuncturist. He is well versed in Ayurvedic, Arabic, Chinese and Greek medicine and utilises these systems by making them relevant to today.


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