If we're suffering from stress, have a headache or simply feel listless, most of us tend to reach for the aspirin. This book shows how we can alleviate such everyday ailments for ourselves using simple massage techniques, which can be done in the office, at home and when travelling. The book offers more than 100 quick and simple excercises and massage techniques to use on yourself in everyday situations. It concentrates on techniques for boosting energy and concentration levels, and the relief of symptoms of work-related stress and minor health complaints. Attractive and informative step-by-step line drawings illustrate the techniques for ease of understanding. Drawing on Taoist studies as well as shiatsu, reflexology and Indian Head Massage, the book focuses on the accessible areas of the hands and feet, face and head, neck, shoulders and lower back. Each massage is shown in clear line drawings, with easy to follow text instructions. The reader can choose the most appropriate massage for the circumstances, such as whether to massage points on the feet, hands or temples for the relief of a headache. The theory behind each massage - how and why it works - is explained; a quick-refer
Mary Atkinson is a qualifed reflexologist and massage therapist, and a member of the Association of Reflexologists and the Federation of Holistic Therapists. She has been writing on health and fitness topics for over 13 years and, in addition to her 13 published books, regularly contributes to leading magazines and websites. Mary also runs a private clinic specialising in the treatment of stress-related health problems. Mary lives in London.