Client Self-Care

Welcome to the client self-care page. Updates will be made as needed. Please feel free to explore.

     The proceeding resources are included here because many clients have enquired about these topics over the years and do not constitute medical diagnosis or advice of any kind by Barrington Area Massage and Bodywork, P.C. or its therapist(s). Many people have attributed positive outcomes to the practice of some or all of these arts. At the least, resources are from respected experts within their fields of study/practice. In any case, may the following serve to stimulate exploration. Please exercise caution and enjoy responsibly.

     The following are categorized by topic and source type for ease of searching:

 

BREATHING

Books

Free Your Breath, Free Your Life: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully. Dennis Lewis. Shambala Publications, Inc. Boston, 2004.

 

HOLISM AND THE VITALITY MODEL

Videos

Below, Dr. Pedram Shojai of Well.Org discusses a comprehensive view of living/being/doing well.

 

 

MEDITATION 

Books

Meditation: A Simple 8-Point Program for Translating Spiritual Ideals into Daily Life. Eknath Easwaran. Nilgiri Press. Berkeley, 1978/1991.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary with Insights from the Traditional Commentaries. Edwin F. Bryant. North Point Press. New York, 2009.

 

Local Training/Practice

Countryside Church Universalist Unitarian  1025 N. Smith St. Palatine, Illinois 60067 (847)359-8440

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center  221 Dean St. Woodstock, Illinois 60098 (815)337-7378

Videos

This video is a wonderful primer to Eknath Easwaran's Passage Meditation technique:

 

NUTRITION AND HYDRATION  

Books

Forks Over Knives--The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year. Del Sroufe. The Experiment. New York, 2012.

Your Body's Many Cries For Water: You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty! Don't Treat Thirst With Medications!  Fereydoon Batmanghelidj M.D. Global Health Solutions, Inc. Falls Church, 1995.

 

Videos

The trailer for the daring film that encourages us to think of food as medicine.

 

Meet Erin Dubich, a Registered Dietician with a fantastic message for you.

 

PHILOSOPHY

Books

                 Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World. Lama Surya Das.                            Broadway Books. New York, 1997.

The Perennial Philosophy. Aldous Huxley. Harper Perennial. New York, 1944/45.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary with Insights from the Traditional Commentaries. Edwin F. Bryant. North Point Press. New York, 2009.

Videos

Alan Watts' "The Way of Waking Up."

 

SLEEP

 

STRESS MANAGEMENT    

Books

Free Your Breath, Free Your Life: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully. Dennis Lewis. Shambala Publications, Inc. Boston, 2004.

   Meditation: A Simple 8-Point Program for Translating Spiritual Ideals into Daily Life. Eknath Easwaran. Nilgiri Press. Berkeley, 1978/1991.

 

STRETCHES/STRETCHING

Whole Body Stretch with Matthew Sweigart of Zen Shiatsu Chicago demonstrating Makka Ho (meridian) stretch:

 

WALKING/POSTURAL ALIGNMENT

Books

Chi Walking: Fitness Walking For Lifelong Health and Energy. Danny and Katherine Dreyer. Fireside Press. New York, 2006.