Shiatsu Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition


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By Carola Beresford-Cooke
Hardcover book
ISBN 9781848193086
412 pages, 7.00 x 10.00″

Shiatsu Theory and Practice is a complete introduction to the theory and practice of Zen Shiatsu, drawing in detail on the theoretical foundation of both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Phase theory.

Beresford-Cooke explains the strands of theory in a way that makes their integration into practice clear and rational. She includes step-by-step descriptions of treatment routines and techniques, alongside case histories illustrating the application of theory to practice. The book features detailed descriptions and illustrations of meridians, point locations and functions, and these are shown together with salient underlying anatomy. The text is supported by full-colour photographs and online video clips showing techniques, routines in the four positions and how to treat individual points and meridians. There are also supplementary online resources such as exercises and activities, web links, appendices for each chapter, and instructor lesson plans, homework and a testbank of questions.

About the author:

Carola Beresford-Cooke is a well-known and highly respected teacher of Shiatsu. She has taught for many years at the Shiatsu College (UK) in London, and lives in Wales where she teaches and gives treatments.

Praise for Shiatsu Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition

“There are books on Shiatsu and then there’s Carola Beresford-Cooke’s. Her book is the most in-depth, complete and balanced compendium of theory and practice of our art.”

-Diego Sanchez, Practitioner and International Teacher of Shiatsu

“For many years Carola Beresford-Cooke taught and lectured at my school and her book is my Shiatsu bible… I highly recommend this book to all massage therapists.”

-Clare Maxwell-Hudson, Former Principle of the Clare Maxwell-Hudson School of Massage and Director of the Massage Therapy Institute, UK

“Carola Beresford-Cooke’s book combines masterfully the ancient Japanese art of Shiatsu with Chinese medicine so as to be valuable to practitioners of different traditions.”

-Giovanni Maciocia, Renowned Practitioner and Teacher of Chinese Medicine

“A gifted acupuncturist and Zen Shiatsu instructor, Carola shows a deft ability to harmonize ancient Chinese with modern Japanese medicine… Her texts are a girt to instructors and students.”

-Pamela Ellen Ferguson Dipl.ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA®, GSD Certified Instructor, LMT and Dean Emerita, Asian Bodywork Therapy, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Texas, USA

Additional information

Weight 2.25 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 in


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