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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; 1 Tra edition (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159477207X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594772078
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What's unique about [this] book is the photos for each situation: You do not ever have to guess or assume. The book stays open so you can refer to it while working." (M. Stoodley, writer and yoga teacher, Nov 2007)

"If I had to pick just one book on acupressure for my personal library, The Acupressure Atlas, with its clearly explained and well-illustrated information, would be the one. . . . can be used to self-treat or to treat a partner or a child, making this book a fantastic gift or an excellent addition to anyone's collection of books on natural healing." (Animal Radio, May 2008)

" . . . offers far more insights on home how-to basic health care than most titles and an emphasis on visuals which makes for infallible applications." (The Midwest Book Review, Apr 2008)

" . . . an attractive text with useful photographs throughout and makes a lovely addition to the office bookshelf for massage therapists, acupressure specialists, or every day people who want to begin exploring more natural techniques. The book is well-organized, easy-to-follow and will lie open flat, making the over-sized text valuable as a reference tool. . . . " (Angela England, Suite 101, May 2008 )

"Both the medical doctors authoring this book, have through painstaking thoroughness, explained and elucidated every point, meridian and technique to facilitate the reader to obtain expertise in this self-healing form of treatment."  (Sheela Bhojwani, East and West Series, Vol. 50, No. 3, Mar 2008)

"An easy to follow book and excellent reference for natural health practitioners and even novices looking for self-help." (Making Scents, Winter/Spring 2008)

"This giant paperbound book is filled with detailed photos and illustrations that will teach you the fundamentals of accupressure, with frequent references to its origins in ancient lore of Chinese medicine." (Rainbo Electronic Reviews, May 2008)

"If I had to pick just one book on acupressure for my personal library, The Acupressure Atlas, with its clearly explained and well-illustrated information, would be the one. . . . can be used to self-treat or to treat a partner or a child, making this book a fantastic gift or an excellent addition to anyone's collection of books on natural healing." (Susan LosCalzo, New Age Retailer, Expo 2008)

“The design of this book is both practical and attractive . The material is easy to follow (especially due to so many great photos) and the information given is clear and easy to understand. This is a valuable resource for bodywork practitioners as well as a very thorough introduction for those who want to learn Acupressure or try it at home.” (Alaska Wellness, May 2011)

“Hands down, The Acupressure Atlas is the best beginner’s book on acupressure . . .” (TCM Reviews, May 2011)

“Along with an introduction to the origins and principles of traditional Chinese medicine, The Acupressure Atlas provides the most important basic techniques as well as step-by-tep instrutions, illustrated in full colour, of the practical and specific information needed to put the healing techniques of acupressure at your fingertips.” (Embody Magazine, October 2013)

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HEALTH / BODYWORK

The Acupressure Atlas

The Acupressure Atlas is a fully illustrated and comprehensive reference guide that demonstrates how acupressure techniques activate and accelerate the body’s self-healing powers to alleviate many health problems, including even the common cold. Sensory ailments--such as trouble sleeping, sensitive stomach, headaches, joint problems, and allergies--have been steadily increasing in Western countries for decades. Acupressure can effectively prevent and treat all of these disorders, and more. It is suited to self-treatment, the treatment of a partner, and especially the treatment of children.

Acupressure, which is a component of traditional Chinese medicine, prevents disorder from arising by harmonizing and balancing the body’s energies. One pillar of traditional Chinese medicine is the model that sees qi (life energy) circulating throughout the human body along a series of channels, or energy meridians. When qi can move freely along these channels, we experience good health and a sense of well-being. When our life energy is restricted or blocked--through stress, injury, poor diet, lack of exercise, or overwork--we experience pain and the symptoms of illness. Lined up along the meridians like pearls on a string are sensitive points called acupressure points. It is at these points that the meridians connect to the surface of the body. By massaging the acupressure points on the body’s surface, we can release internal energy blockages and allow the health-giving energy to move freely once again.

Along with an introduction to the origins and principles of traditional Chinese medicine, The Acupressure Atlas provides the most important basic techniques as well as step-by-step instructions, illustrated in full color, of the practical and specific information needed to put the healing techniques of acupressure at your fingertips. An illustrated appendix, providing a detailed overview of every point discussed in the book, will prove to be an invaluable reference.

BERNARD C. KOLSTER, M.D., is a physical therapist and doctor. He has written a number of books on acupressure and reflexology in German and is the author, in English, of Partner Massage and Look After Your Back. ASTRID WASKOWIAK, M.D., is a doctor as well as a medical and scientific editor. She writes about general medicine, natural healing methods, and medical tips for travelers. Drs. Kolster and Waskowiak are also the coauthors, in English, of The Reflexology Atlas. They live in Germany.

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By K. bloch on April 26, 2008
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This book is well organized and gives a good introduction to the background and philosophy of Chinese medicine if you are interested. The photos are clear and easy to follow. The large format of the book helps beginners to learn. I used some of the techniques for headaches and it worked-- no aspirin necessary. I also tried it for my teenage son to calm him when he could not fall asleep; he fell asleep within minutes. Keep this reference book near your medicine cabinet and reach for it instead of the usual drugs. You will be pleasantly surprised.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2011
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To give a little background, my brother has been trained in acupressure and shiatsu massage. While he was visiting for Christmas this year, we got to talking about that (among other things) and I wondered if acupressure might help the continual stiffness and soreness in my shoulders and upper arms. I tried it, and it helped a lot. I wanted to know more, so I bought this book and have been using it.

I've also used acupressure to relieve a tension headache. Though I've never had really bad PMS cramps, I used the PMS cramps routine just hours before the cramps would normally start, and I didn't have cramps at all. Very nice. So acupressure does work, though I don't accept the eastern philosophy behind it. The information given in the book about the western medicine ideas about why it works make more sense to me.

"The Acupressure Atlas" is a layman's guide to acupressure. It tells you how much pressure to use, for how long, and how to find the points and what the various points help with. Full-color pictures showed where the points were and were very useful and easy to use. A woman was used in most of the photographs showing where the various points were, but they also had a naked computer-generated male model (which included a few full frontal nudity shots) showing these points.

This book didn't contain every last acupressure point, but it did contain the great majority of them. In general, the instructions on how to find the points were very clear and finding the points wasn't difficult. However, a few times the instructions would say to massage the points in a certain order yet they gave the directions to find the next point as a certain distance from the point after that one rather than from the point just left.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 2, 2008
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An oversized format to this title might prove a shelving challenge to some collections but compensates by making for a great display item in THE ACUPRESSURE ATLAS, pairing step-by-step color photos of technique with anatomy pointers and therapy keys. From massage points to healing pressure potentials, THE ACUPRESSURE ATLAS offers far more insights on home how-to basic health care than most titles and an emphasis on visuals which makes for infallible applications.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Georgia A. Weaver on March 16, 2009
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This book was bought in conjunction with one on Trigger Points and both have been helpful in managing back and leg pain. This book has great illustrations, so you know you are doing it right. I am a little leary of the heavy duty pain medications the doctors prescribe so I tried this method and it does work, or it did for me.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James Beverly on October 22, 2011
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Basically this is a well illustrated and clearly written book. However, like most books of this type it suffers from the lack of a comprehensive index of symptoms. Some common complaints are listed, but if you are looking for relief from shoulder pain for example, you have to review most of the text to find it. This held true for many of the symptoms I was looking for.
Other than this glaring omission, it is an excellent book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BnCMama on July 17, 2012
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This is the most helpful acupressure book I've found yet. The NAET book wasn't helpful for acupressure. This shows large upclose photos & gives descriptions on how to find the points. -Very user friendly. -Wish it fit in my bookshelf; it's extremely large, but a great book otherwise; much better than the "Potent Point" book. See other review on that. I recommend this atlas book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Palmer on May 25, 2010
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Having targeted, seemingly unreachable back pain is unforgiving! I purchased this atlas in the hopes of being pain free w/out prescription or over the counter drugs. To my anticipation this book saved me from my pain. It only took a couple of minutes to apply the techniques and I have been consistently getting better and better with the help of the pictures! For anyone interesting in the power of intuition in natural healing check out The Magic Touch: How to make $100,000 per year as a massage Therapist by Meagan R. Holub. Her chapters on how she uses intuition to heal are very relatable and provide motivation to all intuitive body workers to perfect their gifts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Grace on March 21, 2009
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I bought this book to help my husband relax with accupressure. It really helped and brought us closer together. The pictures and diagrams are great.
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