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The Reflexology Atlas Paperback – December 2, 2005
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"This would be excellent for a classroom teaching guide, or for anyone who wants to learn these methods of healing. I cannot overstress how beautifully illustrated, clear and concise the diagrams and photographs are. You will not be disappointed with this book in any fashion.", Qetesh, TCM Reviews, Feb 2006
"[The Reflexology Atlas] provides reflexology treatments tailored to a wide variety of common health disorders, and it contains concise and easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions illustrated in full color. The book is an easy way to get started, yet it is quite comprehensive.", SirReadaLot.org, Feb 2006
"THE REFLEXOLOGY ATLAS provides a fine oversized, beautifully illustrated atlas of reflexology forms covering every part of the body from toes to head, including shiatsu massage. A symptom section applies reflexology treatments to common disorders, while step-by-step instructions for the massage techniques provides clear discussions of bones, massage zones, and much more.", Diane Donovan, Bookwatch, April 2006
"Although this oversized book is intended for the general public, its large color photos and clear technique descriptions will appeal to any bodyworker interested in reflex points and meridians, and how to manipulate them to help clients.", Massage Magazine, June 2006
"The Reflexology Atlas may not easily fit in your bookshelf, but you will never notice because it will always be open on your desk.", Spirit of Change, Fall 2006
"A very easy to comprehend book with simple step-by-step information. Recommended for your health library.", Making Scents, Creations Magazine, Summer/Fall 2006
"The Reflexology Atlas is an excellent and well-organized reference manual, comprehensive in scope, yet nontechnical in style, for laypersons wishing to learn reflexology for personal use.", Kathy Heckler, The Mellow Muse, New Age Retailer, Oct 2006
"I highly recommend this book to all reflexologists.", Virginia Herring, LMT, Massage Today, Nov 2006
“. . . highly informative, clearly written, easy to understand, and well designed. . . .This is an excellent book. If you are interested in Reflexology, this is a book to add to your library.”, Mike Gleason, Witchgrove, March 2007
From the Back Cover
Of all the ancient practices that have been revived by the growth of alternative healing, reflexology is one of the most popular and is especially well-suited to self-treatment, the treatment of a partner, or the treatment of children. The Reflexology Atlas is a fully illustrated and comprehensive reference guide, the first to provide an overview of, and instructions for, each the many forms of reflexology--foot reflexology, hand reflexology, ear reflexology, head reflexology, and the total massage known as shiatsu.
In the reflexology system it is possible to stimulate a distant organ or body part by massaging a corresponding "reflex zone" on the hand, foot, ear, face, or scalp. By examining the location of the reflex zones, one can visualize a projection of the entire human body superimposed over each of these massage locations. On the foot, for example, the big toe represents the head; the area at the base of the toes corresponds to the neck and shoulder girdle; the digestive organs can be massaged in the middle of the foot; the curves of ball, arch, and heel on the side of the foot mirror the curves of the spine; and the pelvic organs find correspondence just below the anklebone. Because the placement of the reflex zones makes intuitive sense, reflexology is easy to learn and can be applied anywhere.
Reflexology provides a quick and effective treatment for many of the health disorders experienced by people in today’s world. In an alphabetized symptom-by-symptom section, Drs. Kolster and Waskowiak offer reflexology techniques tailored to a wide variety of common health disorders, including allergies, joint problems, headaches, back pain, sleep disorders, and heart and circulatory problems. The Reflexology Atlas contains step-by-step instructions, illustrated in full color, that put the healing techniques of reflexology massage at your fingertips.
BERNARD C. KOLSTER, M.D., is a physical therapist and doctor specializing in the various forms of reflexology. He has written a number of books on the topic in German and is the author in English of Partner Massage and Look After Your Back.
ASTRID WASKOWIAK, M.D., is a doctor and medical scientific editor. She writes about general medicine, natural healing methods, and travel medicine. The authors live in Germany.
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This book has 2 authors: Bernard C. Kolster, M.D. and Astrid Waskowiak, M.D.
I first became interested in reflexology when a Chinese-American M.D. asked me to edit his work to be published in a medical journal. More precisely, his work dealt with the pressure points of the ear and lobe and how these points correspond to the parts of the body. Pressing on certain points helped relieve tension/ heal the body point in question. (See page 6 in the Introduction and page 118 in the book.)
Besides information on the pressure points of the ear, I am also interested in the pressure points of the feet and toes. This book has this information, too.
There is 1 pre-Chapter section of this book: ‘Introduction’, which contains this subsection: ‘Reflexology - Old Knowledge Rediscovered’.
Next, 6 Chapters follow, each with the same 2 subsections (a. Knowledge and b. Administering [in Chapters 1-5 only]): Chapter 1. ‘Foot Reflexology Massages’; Chapter 2. ‘Hand Reflexology Massages’; Chapter 3. ‘Ear Reflexology Massages’; Chapter 4. ‘Head Reflexology Massages’; Chapter 5. ‘Shiatsu Reflexology Massages’; and Chapter 6. ‘Alleviating Ailments’.
Note that Chapter 6 has 14 subsections, from pages 188-243, and covers a significant part of this book. Buy the book to see what these subsections are.
Following this, there are 4 post-Chapter sections:
This is a great book that can be used for self-treatment as well as for treating others. To get more information about reflexology and massage, run an internet search to watch videos, which will help this book come alive!
Top international reviews
Reflexology described in correlation with anatomy is excellent.
Useful book at times.
Seems to be book for couples as the therapy activities are given and demonstrated for couples.
Cover page therapy is not covered.
Couverture cartonnée eut été plus judicieuse pour les praticiens qui vont le manipuler.