Ayurvedic Massage: Traditional Indian Techniques for Balancing Body and Mind

Ayurvedic Massage: Traditional Indian Techniques for Balancing Body and Mind


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

• Includes massage techniques for expectant mothers and their babies.

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892814893
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 07/01/1996
Edition description: Original
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 630,556
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Harish Johari (1934-1999) began his training in the principles of Ayurveda at an early age, studying in his native India with several different vaidyas, or traditional Ayurvedic practitioners. He is also the author of Ayurvedic Healing Cuisine, Tools for Tantra, Chakras, Numerology, Leela: The Game of Self-Knowledge, The Healing Power of Gemstones, and Breath, Mind, and Consciousness.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Introduction to Massage

Chapter 2 Ayurvedic Principles of Massage

Chapter 3 Massage Oils

Chapter 4 Preparation for the Massage

Chapter 5 Full-Body Massage

Chapter 6 Therapeutic Massage

Chapter 7 Massage During Pregnancy

Chapter 8 Massage of Infants

Chapter 9 Beauty Massage

Appendix: Marmas and Their Positions


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Mirka Knaster

"Ayurvedic Massage offers massage therapists a taste of an approach they might want to pursue through more training. It can be a source of enlivening your present practice with a different perspective. An accessible introduction that is well worth reading, with instructions massage therapists could easily follow.

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