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Ancient Gestures to Relieve Modern Stress


96 Pages, 7 x 7.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: January 2011

ISBN 9780943990408

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jan 2011)
Parenting Press

Price: $14.95


This carefully illustrated, step-by-step guide to coping with physical and emotional tension advocates the ancient practice of mudras for releasing stress at any time of day and in any place. Used for centuries by many different cultures—they appear in Eastern dance and meditation, ancient Egyptian friezes, and even Byzantine icons of Christ—mudras are common in the modern-day world as well: waving people goodbye, pressing a hand to the chest in distress, and wriggling fingers to release energy, among others. The author demonstrates how these simple gestures can take a minute to learn and relieve tension in as little as five minutes, and how they can be performed behind the wheel of a car, behind the desk at work, at the kitchen counter, or on a walk.

Author Biography

Emily Fuller Williams is a licensed massage therapist who has been trained in Swedish massage, Esalen-style massage, energy work, and acupressure. She has worked with nurses, psychologists, and adult educator professionals to teach workshops on massage, stress reduction, and self care. She lives in Ohio. Stuart Prado is an illustrator.