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.
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
|The Place of Massage in Ayurveda||vi|
|Purpose of massage||vii|
|The Subtle Anatomy in massage||x|
|1 Prakruti: The Individual Nature||1|
|2 The Importance of Prana in Ayurvedic Massage||15|
|What is Prana?||15|
|Prana and the Mind||20|
|Description of the Five Prana||21|
|3 The Place of Meditation in Ayurvedic therapies||25|
|4 Diagnostic Methods||35|
|5 Nadis-The Subtle Currents in the Body||45|
|Description of the Fourteen Nadis||47|
|How to Treat the Nadis||52|
|6 Marmas - The Subtle Pranic Points in the Body||57|
|Tables of Marmas Points||62|
|7 Different Kinds of Touch||73|
|The Threee Kinds of Touch in Ayurvedic Massage||76|
|8 The Appropriate Use of Oils, Herbs & Powders||83|
|Use by Constitution||87|
|The Ayurvedic Energies of Oils||92|
|Using Herbal Powders in Massage||95|
|Some Famous Ayurvedic Oils||98|
|Practice - Making a Herbal Massage Oil||98|
|9 Strokes and Techniques - Three Different Techniques in Massage||101|
|Preparation for Massage||102|
|Activating - Rajas||107|
|Liberating - Tamas||109|
|Outline of Treatment||118|
|Practice Exercise for Regular Massages||120|
|Practice Exercise for Therapeutic Massage||127|
|11 Snehana and Other Methods||135|
|Practice Exercise for Snehana||136|
|Self Healing Massage Techniques||138|
|Practice Exercise for Treating the five Vayus||139|
|The Practice of No Method||144|
|Appendix 1. Marma Points||147|
|Appendix 2. Bibliography||149|
|Appendix 3. Glosasry||153|
|Appendix 4. Herb Glossary||159|
|Appendix 5. Resources||165|
Item Code: IDE462 Author: Atreya Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2000 Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications ISBN: 8170306817 Language: English Size: 8.8" X 5.7" Pages: 191 (B & W Illus: 36, Figures: 18)