360 pages, full colour illustrations
A Practical Guide to Acu-points (Revised Edition)
by Chris Jarmey and Ilaira Bouratinos
An understanding of acu-points is vital not only for acupuncturists but also for bodyworkers. This user-friendly manual contains current, comprehensive information for both groups, with special emphasis on how shiatsu and tuina therapists can best utilize “point knowledge” in their practice. Renowned experts Chris Jarmey and Ilaira Bouratinos use succinct text, a well-organized framework, and detailed color anatomical illustrations to clarify the complexities of acu-points. In keeping with normal practice, the authors give the precise anatomical location of a point and illustrate it with a dot, along with alternative locations where relevant. However, the book goes further by delineating the larger area where the point can be activated by pressure, gua sha, and other means. In addition, it explains the optimum physical position for treatment via acupuncture, acupressure, and other strategies, as treatment positions can vary according to the method of point stimulation. The book also documents the distribution of sensation resulting from point stimulation, and differentiates between pressure and needle application where appropriate. A Practical Guide to Acu-Points presents a wealth of carefully researched information equally valuable for professionals, students, and conscientious practitioners.
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This book is an exceptionally
well-illustrated guide to the location and properties of acu-points.
Whereas most good books on the subject give needle depth and other
useful information for the acupuncturist, this book uniquely provides
additional information for bodyworkers such as Shiatsu and Tuina
therapists. For example, in keeping with normal practice, the location
of a point is given as a precise anatomical location and illustrated
with a dot, along with alternative locations where relevant. However,
this book goes further by delineating the larger area where the point
can be activated by pressure, gua sha and other means. In addition, the
optimum position for treatment via acupuncture, acupressure and other
treatment strategies is given, as treatment positions can vary according
to the method of point stimulation. The distribution of sensation
resulting from point stimulation is also documented, and differentiated
between pressure and needle application where appropriate.
This book is produced with the student and conscientious practitioner in mind, with a great deal of care and research into accuracy being achieved. Hence, we expect it to become a landmark text. The price has been kept to a minimum without compromising on any aspect of its quality and production, to ensure its accessibility to students.
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This large trade-sized paperback, A Practical Guide to Acu-points by Chris Jarmey and Ilaira Bouratinos, is a definitive work needed by anyone who practices any form of acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, cupping, or many other common Eastern modalities utilizing acu-points.
This impressive health guide covers every part of the body and explains in simple terms exactly how the pressure, needle positions, moxibustion (the burning of cones on the skin), cupping and other techniques should be applied.
In 343 pages, A Practical Guide to Acu-points provides information on every single part of the body. It includes realistic colorful anatomical illustrations which clearly show not only the surface where the applicable technique should be applied, but also the underlying tendons, muscles, bones, and body structure to help locate the exact acupoints for best results.
While the book assumes you have a good basic working knowledge of these ancient Chinese modalities which employ acu-points and why it is desirable to have a clear map to the best, most effective locations to apply those techniques to address health issues, it is not so complex that a beginner can not greatly benefit from this work by Jarmey and Bouratinos.
A Practical Guide to Acu-Points is not intended to teach you how to practice acupuncture, massage, or any other Eastern healing technique. It is an outstanding acupoint reference book that could easily go hand-in-hand with related textbooks or other learning material used for educating students in the art and science of natural healing. It’s also very useful as an acupressure guide for those who just wish to learn important points to relief pain.
One of the best features of A Practical Guide to Acu-points is that the book begins with one chapter per modality, which provides considerations and cautions about each of these eastern approaches to health and wellness. Locations where the technique should not be applied are listed as well as contraindications and potential adverse reactions of each.
For example, Chapter One, Needling Considerations, addresses issues regarding acupuncture, such as:
* Cautions about needle insertion depth. * Sizes and quality of needles. * Areas of the body and specific situations where needle insertion are not recommended. * Areas where insertion of an acupuncture needle is always dangerous. * Accidents which could occur because of needle misuse or lack of skill including broken needles. * Possible adverse physical reactions.
By starting with these prudent cautions, a person will quickly realize that the practice of acupuncture is serious business and not something to take up on a whim with no preparation.
The page numbers of the 343 pages are located on the lower corner of each page and each is color coded to indicate the points or acupoint channel in that section. This well thought out feature makes it very easy to locate the section of the book to which you wish to refer.
Both the front and back cover of the book have a sturdy flap folded to the inside which can easily be used to mark a reference point to which you wish to return, or to mark where you stopped studying.
The wealth of resources in A Practical Guide to Acu-Points is incredible. Seldom do you find as many facts presented in an organized, ready to use manual. Perhaps, this is because both Jarmey and Bouratinos have studied many textbooks while earning their credentials in the bodywork methods presented and now teach others. Clearly, they have taken the good points and skipped the less desirable points of the many texts they have used in the past.
Acupoints GuideA Practical Guide to Acu-points is a resource that any practitioner of natural healing arts would greatly benefit from owning. Any student developing the skills to become proficient in eastern bodywork methods can benefit vastly. Western massage students and practitioners will also find this information quite useful as the blending of western and eastern approaches both incorporate knowledge of acupressure points or acu-points.
About the Author:
Chris Jarmey, MCSP, DS, MRSS, taught shiatsu, qigong, bodywork therapy, and anatomy. He lives in Marlborough, UK. Ilaira Bouratinos, DipAc, DS, founded the European Institute of Oriental Medicine in 1998. He was the Course Director, Principal of the European Shiatsu School. He has served several terms as the Education Officer, Medical Liaison Office, and Assessment Panel member for the Shiatsu Society.
We regret to announce the passing of Chris Jarmey in 2008, renowned physiotherapist and author of such anatomy and bodywork guides as The Concise Book of Muscles, A Practical Guide to Acu-Points, and Shiatsu: The Complete Guide. The founder of the European Shiatsu School, Jarmey was proficient in a wide array of bodywork techniques and therapies, including yoga, qi gong, acupuncture, shiatsu, and osteopathy. His thorough knowledge of musculo-skeletal anatomy and body mechanics made his books indispensable for practitioners of bodywork therapy all over the world. He will be missed by his family, friends, and readers.
He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Concise Book of Muscles.