Secrets of Ayurvedic Massage

Secrets of Ayurvedic Massage

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Item Code: IDE462
Author: Atreya
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Language: English
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 8170306817
Pages: 191 (B & W Illus: 36, Figures: 18)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.7"
From the Jacket:

Secrets of Ayurvedic Massage is a practical manual for the Western massage therapist. However, it goes beyond an ordinary manual because it deeply penetrates the Ayurvedic understanding of the life force, Prana. Ayurveda is a system that treats individuals, and in accordance with these principles, this book explains how each type of person should be given an Ayurvedic massage. The author has spnt many years doctors. within these pages the secrets of these extraordinary people will bbe reavaled and explained in detail.

This book has the following points of interest:

  • Provides a clear guide to the techniques of Ayirvedic Massage.
  • Teaches the reader how to understand the individuality of the person they are working on.
  • Explains the subtle anatomy of Ayurveda, with a detailed explanation of the marma points and the nadi (meridian) system.
  • Pesents a clear chart of marma location.
  • Explains the correct use of different oils and herbs as used in Ayurvedic Massage.
  • Gives the qualities and energetic properties of massage oils according to Ayurveda.
  • Explains the difference of Abhyanga and Snehana massage.
  • Explains the role of Vata and Prana in massage.
  • Provides clear example of techniques through photos.
  • Outlines a fully session.
  • Adapts traditional Ayurvedic method for the modern massage therapist.
About The Author:

Atreya was born in Southern California and lived most of his adult life in Asia and Europe. For many years he lived in Indian studying meditation and the healing arts. Atreya is the author of three books on the healing tradition of India, Prana: The Secret of Yogic Healing. 1996; Practical Ayurveda: Secrets for Physical, Sexual and spiritual Health 1998; and Ayurvedic Healing for Women, 1999. He currently lives with his wife in France and is the director of the European Institute of Ayurveda Studies. He offers certified program in Ayurveda in Europe and with his teachers in India.

"Atreya Smith is one of the most notable and creative writer on Ayurveda today, with several important breakthrough titles on the subject. His book on Ayurvedic massage is probably the best and clearest on the topic, unfolding this powerful healing method with both practical ease and spiritual depth. A must for all students of Ayurveda and of massage."

Dr. David Frawley
Author of Yoga and Ayurveda, Ayurveda and the Mind, & co-author of Yoga of Herbs

CONTENTS

Introductionv
The Place of Massage in Ayurvedavi
Purpose of massagevii
The Subtle Anatomy in massagex
1 Prakruti: The Individual Nature1
Physical Constitutions3
The Sub-Doshas7
Mental Constitution10
2 The Importance of Prana in Ayurvedic Massage15
What is Prana?15
Prana and the Mind20
Description of the Five Prana21
3 The Place of Meditation in Ayurvedic therapies25
Stored Impressions28
Exercise30
4 Diagnostic Methods35
Pulse37
Tongue41
5 Nadis-The Subtle Currents in the Body45
Description of the Fourteen Nadis47
How to Treat the Nadis52
6 Marmas - The Subtle Pranic Points in the Body57
Tables of Marmas Points62
Treatment Methods66
7 Different Kinds of Touch73
The Threee Kinds of Touch in Ayurvedic Massage76
Practical Exercises79
8 The Appropriate Use of Oils, Herbs & Powders83
Use by Constitution87
The Ayurvedic Energies of Oils92
Using Herbal Powders in Massage95
Some Famous Ayurvedic Oils98
Practice - Making a Herbal Massage Oil98
9 Strokes and Techniques - Three Different Techniques in Massage101
Preparation for Massage102
Harmonizing -Sattva105
Activating - Rajas107
Liberating - Tamas109
10 Abhyanga115
Outline of Treatment118
Practice Exercise for Regular Massages120
Practice Exercise for Therapeutic Massage127
11 Snehana and Other Methods135
Practice Exercise for Snehana136
Self Healing Massage Techniques138
Practice Exercise for Treating the five Vayus139
The Practice of No Method144
Appendix 1. Marma Points147
Appendix 2. Bibliography149
Appendix 3. Glosasry153
Appendix 4. Herb Glossary159
Appendix 5. Resources165
Index179

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