179 pages | 50 B/W Illus.
Body Reshaping through Muscle and Skin Meridian Therapy: An Introduction to 6 Body Types shows you how your weight and body shape can be a direct result of ill health and explains the structures and functions involved. It explores much more than just what your scale and the fit of your clothes might tell you. It looks at skin, fat, muscles, diaphragm, historical illnesses or injuries, body posture, body clock or circadian rhythm, digestion, blood vessels, nutrition, sympathetic nervous system, parasympathetic nervous system, and enteric nervous system. By examining the above factors, you will learn how they contribute toward changes in body shape (notice no mention of dieting or exercise).
Muscle meridian therapy refers to the passive application of treatments to muscles not connected to any major organ. The techniques involved improve all the metabolic balances of the body (pressure, temperature, and balance) as well as your overall health. Therapies can benefit all people, including those with traumas such as digestive system disorders, autonomic nerve system disorders, medication complications, post-childbirth complications, major scarring, posture issues, and pain management.
The author provides the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) tools and techniques needed for practitioner-guided wellness or at-home wellness understanding and maintenance. The book offers a full guide to "body type" evaluation for muscle meridian therapy and presents a "passive" therapy method (like massage or acupuncture) to complement "active" therapies (like physical therapy and exercise). It covers concepts that are highly individualized yet very "whole body" for physical restoration and balance.
Body Reshaping for Health and Beauty
Learning from Man’s Best Friend
Balancing and Reshaping Your Body
Having a Healthy Body Shape
Beauty Is Not Only Skin Deep
Skin and Thermoregulation
Food, Fitness, and Fat
Resetting Your Digestive System
And You Thought Losing Weight Was Simple?
A First Look at the Meridian System in TCM
Understanding the Essentials (Qi and Meridian)
Obesity Is Developed Step by Step
Spleen Functions in TCM
Body Cavities and Body Fluids
Healthy Habits and Circadian Rhythm
Circadian Rhythms and the Meridian Clock
Sleep and Wakefulness: Homeostatic Balance
Parallels between Asian and Western Medicine
Who Can Benefit from This Treatment?
Weight Loss or Diet Life versus my Life
Body Reshaping and Successful Health Regimens
Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Emotional Expression by the Body
Depression and Anxiety
Medication History Complications: Allergy Medication
Body Posture and Homeostasis
Chinese Medicine, Balance, and Homeostasis
TCM Life Cycles
Eight Principles: Pattern of Body Balance Identification
Immune Function and Thermoregulation
Understanding Body Homeostasis and Metabolism
Eight Extraordinary Meridians
Six Body Types
Purpose of Differentiation
Treat Branches and Roots
Criteria of the Six Body Types
Characteristics of the Six Body Types
Anatomical Approach: Types M1, M2, and M3
Muscle Meridian Therapy and Skin Cutaneous Therapy
What are Muscle and Sinew Meridians and Cutaneous Meridians?
Muscle Meridian Treatments for Six Body Type Groups
Specific Clinical Cautions and Applications
Muscle Meridian Acupuncture Needling
Gastrointestinal Resuscitation and Moxa Treatment
Moxa Oil and Gua Sha