Acupressure for Emotional Healing: A Self-care Guide for Trauma, Stress & Common Emotional Imbalances

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Increased stress and traumatic events in our lives have resulted in many millions of people who suffer from insomnia, nightmares, anxiety attacks, depression, and tension headaches. ACUPRESSURE FOR EMOTIONAL HEALING offers relief at your fingertips, quickly and safely, for a wide range of emotional problems. It explains how emotional distress becomes lodged in the body as muscular tension and blocked energy, and shows how acupressure can relieve not just the resulting physical symptoms, but also their emotional source--often without the need for extensive talk therapy or medication.

Acupressure stimulates the same points used in acupuncture, but instead of needles, firm finger pressure is used on the surface of the skin. The pressure releases neurochemicals called endorphins that relieve pain. As in acupuncture, specific pressure points are connected with internal organs and energy pathways in the body (called meridians) that regulate the flow of electrical energy to all systems. Unlike acupuncture, acupressure can be used safely by anyone, with only the hands as equipment.

ACUPRESSURE FOR EMOTIONAL HEALING offers a comprehensive A-Z guide to emotional ailments (from abandonment to worry and obsessive thinking), with fully-illustrated instruction on dozens of precise acupressure point locations and how to activate them, combined with yogic breathing, stretching, and movement routines. Case histories from the authors' practice further illuminate each condition and the path to emotional balance and healing. Most routines can be used independently for self-care and on-the-spot relief. There are also sections on how to use the techniques to help others, with appropriate safeguards.
 

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Contents

Acupressure for Emotional WellBeing
3
How to Apply Pressure Benefits of SelfCare Acupressure
10
Guidelines for Emotional Balancing
31
Body Messages Types of Awareness Modes of Perception SelfCare
37
Part
49
Abandonment
57
Addiction
65
Anger
75
Jealousy Resentment
159
Mood Swings
167
Sexual Abuse
175
Stress the Emotions
185
Trauma PostTraumatic Stress Disorder
191
Worry SelfDoubt
207
PHYSICAL INMBALANCES
215
Insomnia
225

Anxiety Panic Attacks
85
Codependency
93
Depression
101
Emotional Numbness
113
Fear Phobias
121
Grief
131
Guilt Shame
139
Incest
149
Menstruation Menopause
235
Nightmares
249
GOING FURTHER
255
Top Acupressure Points
273
Chapter Log of Points
287
Glossary
293
Acknowledgments
299
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Michael Reed Gach, PhD, Dipl ABT, founded the Acupressure Institute in 1976, one of the leading international training schools in Asian bodywork. Gach is a national expert on acupressure therapy and has taught over 100,000 people from all over the world. He is also the originator of Acu-Yoga, a self-healing system of exercises that integrates acupressure and yoga. Gach received his PhD from Columbia Pacific University in health and human services.

Beth Ann Henning, Dipl ABT, is the founder and director of Tao Institute Inc., located in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She has studied with various teachers and spiritual leaders, and holds certifications in various modalities including Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, Reiki, acupressure therapy, herbology, Acu-Yoga, Shotakan karate, Shazen somatic therapies and esoteric theory.

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