HEALTH / BODYWORK
The Acupressure Atlas
The Acupressure Atlas is a fully illustrated and comprehensive reference guide that demonstrates how acupressure techniques activate and accelerate the body’s self-healing powers to alleviate many health problems, including even the common cold. Sensory ailments--such as trouble sleeping, sensitive stomach, headaches, joint problems, and allergies--have been steadily increasing in Western countries for decades. Acupressure can effectively prevent and treat all of these disorders, and more. It is suited to self-treatment, the treatment of a partner, and especially the treatment of children.
Acupressure, which is a component of traditional Chinese medicine, prevents disorder from arising by harmonizing and balancing the body’s energies. One pillar of traditional Chinese medicine is the model that sees qi (life energy) circulating throughout the human body along a series of channels, or energy meridians. When qi can move freely along these channels, we experience good health and a sense of well-being. When our life energy is restricted or blocked--through stress, injury, poor diet, lack of exercise, or overwork--we experience pain and the symptoms of illness. Lined up along the meridians like pearls on a string are sensitive points called acupressure points. It is at these points that the meridians connect to the surface of the body. By massaging the acupressure points on the body’s surface, we can release internal energy blockages and allow the health-giving energy to move freely once again.
Along with an introduction to the origins and principles of traditional Chinese medicine, The Acupressure Atlas provides the most important basic techniques as well as step-by-step instructions, illustrated in full color, of the practical and specific information needed to put the healing techniques of acupressure at your fingertips. An illustrated appendix, providing a detailed overview of every point discussed in the book, will prove to be an invaluable reference.
BERNARD C. KOLSTER, M.D., is a physical therapist and doctor. He has written a number of books on acupressure and reflexology in German and is the author, in English, of Partner Massage and Look After Your Back. ASTRID WASKOWIAK, M.D., is a doctor as well as a medical and scientific editor. She writes about general medicine, natural healing methods, and medical tips for travelers. Drs. Kolster and Waskowiak are also the coauthors, in English, of The Reflexology Atlas. They live in Germany.
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About the Author
Bernard C. Kolster, M.D., is a physical therapist and doctor. He has written a number of books on acupressure and reflexology in German and is the author in English of Partner Massage and Look After Your Back. Astrid Waskowiak, M.D., is a doctor and medical scientific editor. She writes about general medicine, natural healing methods, and medical tips for travelers. Drs. Kolster and Waskowiak are also the coauthors, in English, of The Reflexology Atlas. They live in Germany.
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Targeting Ailments with Acupressure
The basic acupressure techniques of stroking, kneading, and shaking can also be used to massage the entire body and all the acupressure points on it. It is useful to carry out a whole or partial body massage before acupressure treatment. The whole-body massage illustrated in the following pages is a partner massage, beginning with the front of the body and ending with the back of the body. The complete massage takes about forty-five to sixty minutes.
Left: With your partner lying on his or her back, the massage begins on the front of the body on the left leg and ends in the abdomen and chest. The numbers indicate the precise order.
Right: With your partner lying on his or her stomach, the massage begins on the right leg and ends on the back.
Massage of the Front of the Body
For this part of the massage, your partner lies on his or her back.
Massaging the Arms
After you have massaged both legs, massage the arms, working with first the right and then the left. Make sure that your partner’s arms are loose and relaxed for this part of the massage.
1, 2 Introductory Strokes
Begin the massage on the right arm at the wrist. Take the wrist between your hands, and glide your hands up the arm to the shoulder, gradually increasing your pressure as you move toward the shoulder. Return your hands to their starting position without losing contact with your partner’s skin. Perform this stroking a total of ten times.
3, 4 Kneading and Stroking
Now knead the muscles of the lower arm, perpendicular to their fibers. Then knead the biceps on the upper arm. After you have kneaded the lower and upper arm for one to two minutes each, repeat the ten strokes from wrist to shoulder as described above.
Now bend your partner’s arm at the elbow and, holding the wrist in both hands, lift the arm a few inches, until the upper arm no longer touches the ground. Shake the arm to the left and right with small movements.
Begin the massage of the arm with strokes from the wrist . . .
. . . up to the shoulder. Make sure to maintain contact with your partner’s skin at all times.
Now knead the muscles of the upper arm between your thumb and fingers.
After the kneading, carry out more strokes.
To conclude, shake your partner’s arm.
The Points of the Three Yang Meridians on the Upper Arms
Three meridians run along the outside and back of the upper arms: the Large Intestine, Triple Heater, and Small Intestine meridians. This section discusses the most effective points of these meridians and their treatment possibilities.
Locating the Points on the Upper Arms: The Large Intestine Meridian
The Large Intestine meridian runs along the outside of the upper arm. When carried out as a sequence, massage of the points Large Intestine 11 to 15 stimulates the flow of energy in the Large Intestine meridian.
Large Intestine 11Pool at the Bend
This point is easiest to locate when the elbow is bent at a right angle. In this position, Large Intestine 11 is located between the outer edge of the elbow fold and the knobby protrusion of the elbow bone.
This point has a wide range of applications. It can be used to treat acute infections in the throat and neck area that are accompanied by fever and headaches, as well as pain in the elbow or lower arm, hypertension, and psychological and psychosomatic ailments. It also can be massaged to alleviate allergies.
Large Intestine 13Arm Five Li
Because of its location, Large Intestine 13 is also known as Arm Five Li, or Five Lengths of the Hand. This point is located 3 cun above Large Intestine 11. It can be used to treat pain in the upper arm, as well as limited range of motion in the upper arm.
Large Intestine 14Upper Arm
Large Intestine 14 is 7 cun above Large Intestine 11, on the outside of the upper arm. It can be used to treat pain in the bicep and shoulder muscles. This point can also be massaged to treat eye illnesses as well as lymph blockages in the neck, throat, and armpit area.
Large Intestine 15Shoulder Bone
This point is easiest to locate when the arm is extended to the side, away from the body. In this position, Large Intestine 15 is between the front and middle part of the deltoid muscle that shapes the contour of the shoulder. Because of its location it is also called Shoulder Bone, though in fact it is located slightly in front of and below the actual bone. This point is used to treat problems in the shoulder joint, including limited range of motion, as well as itchy rashes.
Note: For the upper arms, you can massage either yourself or a partner. In either case, you should massage first all the points on one arm, and then all the points on the other. You can also apply moxibustion to any of these points.
The large intestine meridian contains a number of important points on the outside of the upper arm that can be massaged to alleviate pain in that area.
Massaging the Points on the Upper Arms: The Large Intestine Meridian
Acupressure of the four points of the Large Intestine meridian on the upper arms is done in a sequence from the elbow to the shoulder. The massage proceeds from one point to the next with a gliding movement, thus connecting the four points. However, any of these points can also be massaged individually for its specific effects; in this case, the point should be massaged for two to three minutes.
1-4 Large Intestine 11 and Large Intestine 13 to 15
Begin with Large Intestine 11. With the tip of your index finger, apply first steady and then circling pressure for one to two minutes. Then glide your index finger along the skin to Large Intestine 13, and massage this point in the same manner. Repeat this procedure for Large Intestine 14 and 15. When you have finished massaging Large Intestine 15, start again at Large Intestine 11, and repeat the sequence five times.
Left: Begin the sequence with Large Intestine 11.
Right: Follow the course of the meridian to Large Intestine 13 without losing contact with your partner’s skin.
Left: After massaging Large Intestine 13, continue to Large Intestine 14.
Right: The sequence ends with the massage of Large Intestine 15.
Table of Contents
Activating Body and Life Energies Naturally
Preventive Approaches of Chinese Medicine
The Basics of Acupressure
The Origins and Principles of Acupressure
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Meridians: The Body’s Energy Pathways
How Acupressure Works
Acupressure Step by Step
The Basic Techniques
Ground Rules for Treating Yourself or a Partner
Acupressure on Different Parts of the Body
Targeting Ailments with Acupressure
Sleep Problems, Headaches, Fatigue
Headaches and Migraines
Bronchitis and Bronchial Asthma
Colds and the Flu
Problems in the Urogenital System
Menstrual Problems and Premenstrual Syndrome
Urinary Tract Infections
Problems in the Digestive Tract
Motion Sickness and Nausea
Problems in the Musculoskeletal System
The Head and Neck Massage
Overview of Acupressure Points
The Skeletal and Meridian Systems: Illustrations
What People are Saying About This
"Both the medical doctors authoring this book, have through painstaking thoroughness, explained and elucidated every point, meridian and technique to facilitate the reader to obtain expertise in this self-healing form of treatment.
"What's unique about [this] book is the photos for each situation: You do not ever have to guess or assume. The book stays open so you can refer to it while working.
"If I had to pick just one book on acupressure for my personal library, The Acupressure Atlas, with its clearly explained and well-illustrated information, would be the one. . . . can be used to self-treat or to treat a partner or a child, making this book a fantastic gift or an excellent addition to anyone's collection of books on natural healing.
" . . . an attractive text with useful photographs throughout and makes a lovely addition to the office bookshelf for massage therapists, acupressure specialists, or every day people who want to begin exploring more natural techniques. The book is well-organized, easy-to-follow and will lie open flat, making the over-sized text valuable as a reference tool. . . .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is really quite an accomplishment. It is oversized like a 'paperback' coffee table book and priced in the gift giving range of $25 list. Inside: First the basics are covered such as meridians, how acupressure works and background. Then, the authors take you through basic techniques, working alone or with a partner. The remainder of the book's 200 pages are text, charts and photos that show how to treat adults' usual array of physical problems - headache, sinus, menstrual, urinary tract, nausea, pain in the nect, back, elbow, etc. What's unique about the book is the photos for each situation: You do not ever have to guess or assume. A 16-page Appendix in the back has an overview - thumbnail photos and summaries - of each point for quick reference. The book stays open so you can refer to it while working. Check it out if you have any interest in accupressure.
This atlas is really good for general readers. It's clear and just pictures become in a high comprehensive for me. Thank you.