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The Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage [Kindle Edition]

John Douillard
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Book Description

Five thousand years old, Ayurvedic massage has been shown to still the mind and body by lowering metabolic rates and inspiring feelings of peace and calm. Often administered as a part of a three-, five-, or seven-day program, these treatments are an integral part of deep cleansing, rejuvenation, and life-extension Ayurvedic programs called panchakarma or kya kalpa. This book by a noted practitioner features more than 15 of these treatments, each described in step-by-step detail and some synchronized with two therapists for up to two hours in length. It provides the reader with all the tools necessary to begin Ayurvedic treatments as a part of a spa menu or massage therapy program.

Editorial Reviews


"With great clarity anf precision, Dr. John Douillard has provided a detailed guidebook to the profound system of Ayurvedic massage, bringing this ancient method of yogic healing into practical focus for everyone to use in its many different forms."- Dr. David Frawley"It is with open arms that I welcome such a detailed yet comprehensive guide for massage and spa therapists."- Tara Grodjesk"Dr. Douillard offers a straightforward a very practical guide to implementing traditional Ayurvedic therapies into a spa menu. May this work become standard in quality spas throughout the world."- Melanie Sachs

About the Author

Dr. John Douillard is the author of The 3-Season Diet and Body, Mind, and Sport, which has sold over 60,000 copies and has been printed in six languages. His book Perfect Health for Kids, was released early last year, followed by The Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage (both in 2004, North Atlantic Books). John received his Ayurvedic training in India and holds a Ph.D. in Ayurvedic medicine from the Open International University. He is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA. He co-directed Deepak Chopra's Ayurvedic center for eight years and has trained over 2000 Western doctors in Ayurvedic medicine. He launched a preservative-free Ayurvedic skin care line in 1998, and an Ayurvedic herbal line for health professionals in 2003. He has been teaching Ayurvedic medicine, natural health, fitness, and nutrition internationally for seventeen years. Currently he directs the LifeSpa School of Ayurveda and practices Ayurvedic and chiropractic medicine at LifeSpa in Boulder, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and six children.

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  • File Size: 4529 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Licensed Massage Therapist - LOVES this book July 26, 2007
I am a LMT in CT, have taken Ayurvedic classes (marma therapies) also read many books on Ayurveda. I just LOVE this book. This book is perfect for the LMTs out there who love learning from books. More than 3/4 of the book is Ayurvedic Massage Techniques (for one or two therapists massaging the same client). This book includes info and techniques to perform Garshana, Abhyanga, Vishesh, Udvartana, Shirodhara, Swedana, and Facials. Thank you for the wonderful writing & I can't wait for the next volume to this series comes out - intrudicing marma, maha-marma programs & the five senses's definately on my list of must reads!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watered Down, but, Good version of Ayurvedic Massage February 19, 2010
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This is a good book for western masseuse. The clarity of writing, technique and photos are great! However, having studied ancient massage techniques from Kalaripayatthu masters in India, this is NOT traditional massage techniques taught in India.

Having said that, this book is meant for westerners so tones down the tradition.

Overall, good book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but... February 2, 2009
By Lee
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As a Certified Massage Therapist I found this book to be very educational. The only problem that I have with the book concerns many of the images found within it. There is a plethora of images BUT many of the images were so small that I had to use a magnifying glass in order to see the details better. Now, I have perfect 20/20 for me to have to resort to using a magnifying glass should tell all of you reading my review just how small the images were.

I would have given this book 5 stars if it weren't for the super small images.
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More About the Author

Dr. John is one of top Ayurvedic practitioners in the United States. He has been featured in Woman's World Magazine, Yoga Journal, Gorgeously Green and dozens of other publications and websites. His ability to translate the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda into applicable information based on the latest scientific research sets him at the forefront of the burgeoning interest in natural health. Dr. John has published over 500 health articles & videos, written six books and is a guest speaker at dozens of health retreat centers and schools across the country.

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