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Acupressure and Reflexology for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Touching on the Basics of Acupressure and Reflexology 7 Chapter 1: Acupressure and Reflexology Essentials 9 Chapter 2: Healing Yourself or a Loved One 25 Chapter 3: The Terrain: Bones, Muscles, Meridians, and Reflex Zones 45 Chapter 4: Technique: The Healing Touch 73 Chapter 5: Professional Help Wanted? 93 Part II: Promoting Emotional and Physical Wellness 105 Chapter 6: Maintaining Good Health 107 Chapter 7: Balancing Emotions for Well-Being 117 Chapter 8: Treating Emotional Upset 131 Part III: Where Does It Hurt? Treating Common Aches and Ailments 153 Chapter 9: Putting Your Best Foot Forward 155 Chapter 10: Healing the Leg and Hip Regions 167 Chapter 11: Relieving Backaches 181 Chapter 12: Relief for Hurting Heads (And Pains in the Neck) 191 Chapter 13: Lending a Hand (And Arm and Shoulder, Too!) 209 Chapter 14: Time for a Gut Check 223 Chapter 15: Chest-Related Care and Considerations 233 Part IV: Addressing Specific Needs and Concerns 247 Chapter 16: Age-Related Treatments 249 Chapter 17: Especially for Women 269 Chapter 18: Fighting Colds, Preventing Illness, and Relieving Some Chronic Conditions 291 Part V: The Part of Tens 305 Chapter 19: Ten Myths and Misconceptions About Acupressure and Reflexology 307 Chapter 20: Ten Ways Acupressure and Reflexology Can Enrich Your Life 311 Appendix: Resources 315 Index 323

About the Author

Synthia Andrews has been a message and bodywork therapist for 25 years. She is an authorized teacher of Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure, has been on faculty at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy for 16 years, and was a four-year faculty member at the Kripalu Yoga Institute. She is licensed in the state of Connecticut, where she maintains a private practice, and is currently a forth-year student of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport. Her Real love is using acupressure to help abused, neglected, or injured horses. You can find classes with Synthia and other qualified professionals at and Bobbi Dempsey is a freelance writer for many major publications including The New York Times, Muscle & Fitness, Family Circle, Parents, Men's Fitness, and many others. She is also the author of numerous nonfiction books on topics ranging from diabetes to homemade ice cream. Her Web site is

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