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Acupressure for Emotional Healing: A Self-Care Guide for Trauma, Stress, & Common Emotional Imbalancesby A.B.T. Dipl. Beth Ann Henning
Synopses & Reviews
Increased stress and traumatic events in our lives have resulted in many millions of people who suffer from insomnia, nightmares, anxiety attacks, depression, and tension headaches. ACUPRESSURE FOR EMOTIONAL HEALING offers relief at your fingertips, quickly and safely, for a wide range of emotional problems. It explains how emotional distress becomes lodged in the body as muscular tension and blocked energy, and shows how acupressure can relieve not just the resulting physical symptoms, but also their emotional source--often without the need for extensive talk therapy or medication.
Acupressure stimulates the same points used in acupuncture, but instead of needles, firm finger pressure is used on the surface of the skin. The pressure releases neurochemicals called endorphins that relieve pain. As in acupuncture, specific pressure points are connected with internal organs and energy pathways in the body (called meridians) that regulate the flow of electrical energy to all systems. Unlike acupuncture, acupressure can be used safely by anyone, with only the hands as equipment.
ACUPRESSURE FOR EMOTIONAL HEALING offers a comprehensive A-Z guide to emotional ailments (from abandonment to worry and obsessive thinking), with fully-illustrated instruction on dozens of precise acupressure point locations and how to activate them, combined with yogic breathing, stretching, and movement routines. Case histories from the authors' practice further illuminate each condition and the path to emotional balance and healing. Most routines can be used independently for self-care and on-the-spot relief. There are also sections on how to use the techniques to help others, with appropriate safeguards.
About the Author
Michael Reed Gach, PhD, Dipl ABT, founded the Acupressure Institute in 1976, one of the leading international training schools in Asian bodywork. Gach is a national expert on acupressure therapy and has taught over 100,000 people from all over the world. He is also the originator of Acu-Yoga, a self-healing system of exercises that integrates acupressure and yoga. Gach received his PhD from Columbia Pacific University in health and human services.
Beth Ann Henning, Dipl ABT, is the founder and director of Tao Institute Inc., located in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She has studied with various teachers and spiritual leaders, and holds certifications in various modalities including Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, Reiki, acupressure therapy, herbology, Acu-Yoga, Shotakan karate, Shazen somatic therapies and esoteric theory.
Table of Contents
Preface — Guidelines & precautions — pt. I. Foundations for emotional healing — 1. Acupressure for emotional well-being — What is acupressure? — Foundations of acupressure & emotional healing — How to find a point — Names & reference numbers — How to apply pressure — Benefits of self-care — Acupressure precautions — Acupressure preparation guidelines — Practice guidelines — Follow-up guidelines — 2. Spirit of the emotions — The spiritual nature of the emotions — Trust & faith — The legacy of painful memories — Transforming emotional pain — Service to others — Visualizations for your spirit — Spiritual practices for transforming the emotions — Transforming fear — Transforming anger — Transforming worry & self-doubt — Transforming grief & sadness — Honoring yourself — Healing the inner child — Inner child healing journey — 3. Guidelines for emotional balancing — Body messages — Types of awareness — Modes of perception — Self-care guidelines — Guiding others in self-acupressure — After receiving acupressure — How to integrate an emotional healing session — 4. Emotional support — Deep breathing : support for emotional release — Acupressure & psychotherapy — Choosing the right psychotherapist — Suggestions for psychotherapists — Suggestions for bodyworkers — Emotional balancing points for therapists — Complementary therapies & activities — Daily exercise — Positive thinking — Meditation & prayer — Creative ways to release trauma — Hands-on diary — Free association — Autobiographical experiences — Self-portrait — Body-oriented methods — pt. II. Common emotional complaints — Quick reference guide — Guidelines for using self-acupressure — Breathing guidelines — Deep relaxation guide — Hands-on diary — 5. Abandonment — 6. Addiction — 7. Anger — 8. Anxiety & panic attacks — 9. Codependency — 10. Depression — 11. Emotional numbness — 12. Fear & phobias — 13. Grief — 14. Guilt & shame — 15. Incest — 16. Jealousy & resentment — 17. Mood swings — 18. Sexual abuse — 19. Stress & the emotions — 20. Trauma & post-traumatic stress disorder — 21. Worry & self-doubt — pt. III. Physical imbalances — 22. Chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia — 23. Insomnia — 24. Menstruation & menopause — 25. Nightmares — pt. IV. Going further — 26. Diet for emotional healing — Appendix A. Top acupressure points for emotional healing — Appendix B. point location charts — Appendix C. Chapter logs of points — Appendix D. Resources for emotional healing — Certified trainings — Emotional healing workshops & trainings — Hands-on health care mail-order catalog — Glossary.
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