Mind, Body & Spirit
The Complete Reiki Tutor
A Structured Course to Achieve Professional Expertise
Reiki as a natural healing technique was rediscovered and developed in the late 19th century. It involves the transferring of energy through the arms and hands, and can be used to heal the self and others. This detailed guide explains the background to the practice and works through first, second and third degree healing. Suitable for beginners, the book also offers advice on how to become a Reiki practitioner.
The Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong
Widely practised in the Far East, Qigong is growing in popularity in the West as a system of simple exercises that, used regularly, can help to improve movement, breathing and inner concentration. This guide explores the theory behind Qigong and includes detailed advice on how it should be practised. The final section describes the 18 core movements with clear diagrams to help achieve the correct posture.
The Cure Within
A History of Mind-Body Medicine
Can positive thinking make us well? Does loneliness cause illness? Written by a Harvard professor, this study of mind-body healing practices examines a range of treatments and beliefs from early religious ideas to mesmerism and acupuncture (first scorned then embraced by Mao), where sufferers, often frustrated by Western medicines, seek solutions from within. Dr Harrington evaluates stories of miraculous recoveries and discusses the science behind alternative treatments, whilst acknowledging the human need to make sense of suffering.
The Concise Book of Muscles
The latest thinking on the operation of muscles is that they are part of a complex interplay of ligament, connective tissue and bone. This book uses hundreds of illustrations to explain the musculature, with an emphasis on the most important for sport, dance and bodywork therapy. Colour diagrams show how muscles relate to the skeleton and describe their range of movement and directional strength. There are also tips on stretching and strengthening specific muscle groups.
The Knights Templar in the Golden Age of Spain
Their Hidden History on the Iberian Peninsula
Templar history in the Iberian peninsula has been relatively unexplored, but this book now highlights the Order’s decisive influence there during the 12th and 13th centuries. As well as examining their role in the expulsion of the Moors from Spain, the author examines the Templars’ connections with the Cathars, their influence on the ideology of the Spanish king James I and their survival in Portugal after the order’s suppression. Originally published as El Legado Templario.
The 28-Day Gut Health Plan
Lose Weight and Feel Better from the Inside
Symptoms of digestive problems can include IBS, bloating and even aching joints. Promising weight loss, a flat stomach and better digestion in four weeks, this dietary plan suggests removing potential trigger foods from the diet then reintroducing them gradually, to restore good gut bacteria. Quizzes, fill-in diaries, sample menus and 80 recipes offer plenty of support, and ensure that this regime is easy to follow.
The Secret Life of the Mind
How our Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides
Mariano Sigman’s bestselling examination of human thought begins by asking how babies communicate, and goes on to explore how we relate to our unconscious mind, what happens when we dream and why the brain is constantly changing. This concise, approachable guide to neuroscience questions how we perceive, reason, feel and communicate, with the aim of better comprehending the inner workings of the human brain and understanding ourselves and others more deeply.
The Descent of the Gods
The Mystical Writings of GW Russell – A.E
The nom de plume ‘A.E.’ was used by poet and painter GW Russell (1867–1935), who was the editor of influential Irish publications but is now best known for his interest in Theosophy. This third volume of his Collected Works contains all his writings on mystical subjects, including journal articles, reviews and an interview. In their substantial introduction the editors discuss Russell’s intense involvement in mystical studies and analyse the experiences he describes. Off-mint.
A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof
Roger Clarke is now best known as a writer on film, but was once the youngest member of the Society for Psychical Research. He has now returned to his childhood obsession by writing this history of ghosts and ghost-hunting in Western culture. Asking not whether ghosts exist but rather what our ghost stories reveal about us, he examines both famous hauntings such as the notorious events at Borley Rectory and investigations by sceptics and parapsychologists.
Mindfulness & the Journey of Bereavement
Restoring Hope after a Death
Having lost both his parents through suicide, Peter Bridgewater has used his own experience of coping with grief, and what he has learned from counselling others, to create this guide to dealing with bereavement through a meditative approach. Dealing in turn with each stage of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance – the book also includes enlightening quotations from writers, thinkers and religious figures.
Stop Snoring the Easy Way
And the Real Reasons You Need To
Snoring occurs when structures in the throat – the soft palate, the uvula and the epiglottis – start to flap, trapping air and momentarily creating a high-pressure build-up that produces the sound. This book explains the causes of snoring and the health risks associated with it, and sets out a series of simple daily exercises that may help to restore muscle tone in the throat and eliminate the problem.
The Body of Myth
Mythology, Shamanic Trance and the Sacred Geography of the Body
With a focus on Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian mythology, this innovative investigation into the biological basis of myths and dreams enlarges on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. The author concludes that myths have their origins in esoteric descriptions of what occurs within the human body during shamanic trance, a natural state which was once at the core of religious experience but was then distilled into such spiritual practices as the Indian tradition of yoga.
The Complete Complementary Health Program
Cases of asthma are on the increase, but symptoms such as wheeziness and breathlessness may be eased with complementary treatments and lifestyle changes. This book suggests foods to avoid, breathing exercises, and therapies that can help to relieve the condition.
Overcoming High Blood Pressure
The Complete Complementary Health Program
High blood pressure often goes undetected, and can lead to heart attacks and strokes. This book outlines simple steps, such as taking regular exercise and relaxation through meditation, to overcome symptoms and treat the condition naturally and safely.
Work Your Fascia to Free Your Body
Moving Stretch® is a form of resistance stretching that can relieve pain and help anyone, from athlete to office worker, feel relaxed, stronger and more flexible. It works by reshaping the ‘fascia’ – a network of connective tissue that holds our bodies together. Including background information and a questionnaire, this comprehensive guide gives clear descriptions of over 100 stretches with multiple photographs and tips for getting each exercise just right.
Galileo & The Art of Ageing Mindfully
Wisdom From the Night Skies
As we grow older, time seems to pass alarmingly quickly. But retired priest Adam Ford has learned from a lifetime’s fascination with the night sky that contemplating unimaginably ancient stars gives an opportunity to develop a more positive perspective on ageing. In these meditations inspired by the life of Galileo he reflects on our place in the universe and shares his wisdom with younger generations.
The Telomerase Revolution
The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging...and Will Soon Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives
Why does growing old lead to so many forms of illness? Recent advances in the study of human cells have revealed that the key to answering this question lies in the telomeres – the tips of chromosomes – which shorten every time a cell reproduces. As he explains these insights, Fossel highlights the ability of the enzyme telomerase to re-lengthen the telomeres and discusses its potential as a means of treating age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Oracles of the Dead
Ancient Techniques for Predicting the Future
Robert Temple examines four forms of institutionalized prophecy from the ancient world, comparing Greco-Roman practices – consultation of oracles and divination by entrails – with the Chinese use of Oracle-Bone cracking and the I Ching. He describes each system’s techniques, uses his own visits to Greek sites to reconstruct how ancient visitors experienced contact with the divine and draws connections between the Chinese system and the discoveries of modern science. Originally published as Netherworld.
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
Journeys into The Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
The Middle East has long sheltered many strange and distinctive faiths, the last vestiges of the magnificent civilizations of antiquity: Persia, Babylon, and the Egypt of the pharaohs. Former diplomat Gerard Russell ventures to remote regions where these mysterious religions cling on, living alongside Mandaeans, Yazidis, Zoroastrians and Copts, now under threat from militant Islam. Drawing on extensive research and intrepid travel, this book provides a vital record of the past, present and perilous future of these remarkable religions.
A Classic Survey on the Use and Abuse of Mind-Altering Plants
Little was known about morphine and its addictive qualities when Louis Lewin published his first study of the drug in 1874, and his continued work in pharmacology and toxicology contributed greatly to the field, culminating in this classic manual, published in 1924. The book sets out detailed information on the properties and effects of all major drugs known at the time, including opium, cannabis, peyote, cocaine, coffee, cocoa and alcohol.
The Seven Sisters of Sleep
The Celebrated Drug Classic
Given the date of authorship (1860), Mordecai Cooke's examination of drug use and abuse is notable for its open-mindedness and even-handedness when discussing the addictions of world cultures beyond the tobacco habit of Victorian England. Exploring the science and social history of narcotic plants and the attempts to curb their use, the seven substances discussed are opium, cannabis, betel nut, coca, tobacco, the datura plant and the fly agaric mushroom.
The G Plan Diet
The Revolutionary Diet for Gut-Healthy Weight Loss
G is for gut, and this revolutionary diet aims for both a healthy gut and weight loss. The 21-day plan first gives your digestion a rest then gradually builds up gut health, banishing feelings of bloating and discomfort and improving energy levels. The book includes details of gut-friendly foods such as garlic, bananas and natural yoghurt; lists those you need to avoid; and provides 75 quick, easy and delicious recipes.
Crystal & Dragon
The Cosmic Dance of Symmetry & Chaos in Nature, Art & Consciousness
Presenting his argument for the dualistic interpretation of nature – order and disorder, symmetry and asymmetry – David Wade explores the interplay of form and energy and seeks to show how modern science is turning away from deterministic and inflexible views of the universe to embrace ancient philosophical traditions. He traces prevailing conceptions about the nature of the universe in religion, history, philosophy, science and art, and graphically illustrates their interconnectedness.
The Green Roads of England
Starting at the 'central gathering ground' at Avebury, Cox's guide covers all the ancient roads of England, following the Stone Age ridge roads of southern England, describing, with the help of maps, plans and illustrations, the hill forts and other earthworks found along them and discussing other aspects of neolithic civilization. Facsimile edition.
The UFO Files
The Inside Story of Real-Life Sightings
From the ‘foo fighters’ that accompanied aircraft during the Second World War, through episodes such as the Roswell incident, the flying saucer sighting by RAF personnel at Farnborough in 1950 and the phenomena seen by radars at RAF Lakenheth-Bentwaters, to crop circles and alien abductions, this book examines the most impressive UFO stories of last century and weighs the claims of alien craft against the evidence as recorded in the Ministry of Defence files.
Gluten Exposed: The Science Behind the Hype
and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life
Thousands of people have adopted a gluten-free diet, believing it to be healthier. This book reveals how little scientific evidence there is to justify this trend, and shows that while a gluten-free diet is a lifesaver for those with coeliac disease, for others, it may injure their health. Dr Green provides an in-depth examination of every symptom and condition associated with gluten, how gluten works in the body, what the gluten-free diet cures – and what it doesn’t. Off-mint.
Science of the Magical
From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers
From the Vikings' legendary sunstones to the mutant X-Men, magical myths and stories can offer clues to the realities they spring from – research inspired by legend has found what seems to be the 'sunstone', and the X-Men comics first appeared in the 1960s amid fears of radioactivity-induced mutations. Science journalist Matt Kaplan investigates stories of magic, divine intervention, the supernatural and sorcery, exploring the real basis of many myths and the relation between knowing and magic. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
How to Reach Enlightenment
This inspirational guide contains practical advice to help you unlock your spirituality. Its chapters offer strategies for learning how to live a conscious life enriched by enlightenment; find quiet and balance; serve others with compassion; and step into your authenticity. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Secret Life of Sleep
Beyond the data of modern scientific sleep research, the author explores every kind of information and writing about sleep, but looks particularly at how knowledge about it exists in cultural practices, rituals, oral teachings, proverbs and song. Arranged in chapters following the progress of a night’s sleep, the book discusses topics as diverse as sleeping babies and the meaning of dreams to reveal the importance of sleep and the interdependence of our waking and sleeping lives.
This popular fitness book, here in its 20th edition, explains how stretching forms an important link between the sedentary life and the active life, why we need to stretch and how to do it correctly. After the 'getting started' section the book is in three main parts: the stretches, with drawings and full instructions for each position; stretching routines and everyday activities; and stretching routines for 36 different sports and activities, from aerobic exercise to wrestling.
Your Menopause Bible
The Complete Practical Guide to Managing Your Menopause
This substantial guide provides practical and reassuring help on all aspects of the menopause, from recognizing and easing the effects of hormonal insufficiency to maintaining healthy bones and general wellbeing, and ensuring a satisfying sex life. Hormone therapy and its natural alternatives are covered, as is advice on healthy eating, exercise regimes and when to seek medical intervention for your symptoms. The text is accompanied by charts, photographs and illustrations. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal
The Best and Worst Choices to Treat Your Ailments Naturally
Beginning with an overview of nutrition and food safety, this directory explains the links between nutrition and health and includes features on topics such as dietary supplements, travel and food, and glycemic index. Part 2 comprises an A–Z of more than 170 foods – from acorn squash to zucchini – with details of their nutritional benefits and risks; and Part 3 lists over 100 health problems, with advice on which foods to eat to help the condition and which to avoid.
The Templar Treasure at Gisors
When the French King Philip the Fair ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar and the confiscation of their property in 1307, the Order was one of the most powerful and wealthy forces in Europe, answerable only to the Pope. Focusing on the medieval city of Gisors in Normandy, Jean Markale tells the story of the hunt for the fabled wealth that disappeared with the Templars, and sheds new light on the activities of the mysterious Order.
Wisdom of the Stars
Astrology and Spiritual Biography
People have been studying the effects of the stars on worldly events for thousands of years. This book traces the development of astrology and the use of personal horoscopes in different cultures throughout human history, and advocates the development of a new tool in astrology: a 'spirit birth chart' created in a person's later years that reflects the fruits of their life.
Precessional Time and the Evolution of Consciousness
How Stories Create the World
This spiritual guide explores how the profound power of stories has given our world meaning and made us human. Exploring how ancient myths, megalithic structures, the formation of language and prehistoric cave art are narratives shaped by sacred proportion, Richard Heath explains that stories enable us to identify the spiritual aspect within the material world and to participate in the evolution of human consciousness.
Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and The Quest to Cure Tuberculosis
In August 1890, Robert Koch, Europe’s greatest scientist, was rumoured to have found a cure for tuberculosis; sufferers began to arrive in Berlin in their thousands. In November, when Koch was scheduled to make public his miraculous substance, physicians joined the pilgrimage – among them, the young Arthur Conan Doyle. In this study, Goetz explores the ‘historic if unwitting collaboration’ of Koch and Doyle; how both men’s lives were undone by tuberculosis; and the positive contribution of failed theories to medical progress.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the most renowned and most controversial scientific achievements of ancient Chinese civilization and still plays an important part in Chinese health care. This book, part of the Introductions to Chinese Culture series, provides an accessible overview of the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine. Like all the books in the series, it is written by a noted expert in the field, well illustrated with colour reproductions and photographs and offers an ideal introductory survey for both students and general readers.
The Stress Management Workbook
This workbook uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you manage stress. It features diagnostic tests and practical advice to teach you how to develop strategies to recognize and control the stress triggers in your life, and improve your communication skills, resilience, confidence and wellbeing.
All That Matters
What is stress, how can we understand it, and how can we strip away the myths that surround it? Here a leading health psychologist presents a concise and accessible introduction to stress, explaining what produces it, why people vary in their response to stress, its short- and long-term effects, its relation to physiological illness and its flipside – the relaxation response. Part of the All That Matters series.
Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris
During the 1870s the famous Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris had an entire ward dedicated to treating 'hysteria'. This mysterious illness baffled physicians and fascinated the public, who came to witness the spectacle of Dr Jean-Martin Charcot's demonstrations with his hysterical patients. After a profile of Charcot himself, this book tells the stories of Blanche, Augustine and Geneviéve – three of the 'hysterics' under his care and hospitalized during a crucial moment in the history of psychiatry.
Britain's X-Traordinary Files
David Clarke opens The National Archives’ own X Files to uncover the secret, official accounts behind legendary paranormal and extraordinary phenomena. From the First World War mystery of the Angel of Mons, through sea monsters sighted by the Royal Navy, UFO sightings and psychic crime investigators, to the Beast of Bodmin Moor, Clarke brings to light secret documents created by military intelligence and government agencies, and examines the official evidence of encounters with the uncanny and inexplicable.
During the 1890s the Society for Psychical Research dispatched Ada Goodrich Freer to Scotland in search of evidence for second sight, which they hoped would prove the existence of life after death. First published in 1968, Strange Things presents Freer's own compilation of folklore and reports of supernatural phenomena, preceded by Campbell and Hall's investigation into her mysterious past and her debt to the notes of folklorist Father Allan McDonald.
Written in Blood
A Cultural History of the British Vampire
Paul Adams follows the blood-soaked path of the vampire and the undead from John Polidori's The Vampyre, published as the work of Byron in 1819, to the 1990s and the Anno Dracula series by novelist and cinema critic Kim Newman. As well as the writers most associated with the phenomenon – Bram Stoker and Montague Summers – the book discusses the vampire in popular fiction, Hammer horror movies, alleged encounters in Highgate Cemetery, and British rock bands.
Forgotten Ways for Modern Days
Kitchen Cures and Household Lore for a Natural Home and Garden
Using ingredients from kitchen cupboards, the vegetable patch and hedgerows, this compendium draws on the wisdom of the homemakers, gardeners and crafters of the past to clean clothes, cure a cough, freshen the skin, whiten laundry and remove smells from the fridge, among many other tasks. There are tips for the garden, cleaning and storage, natural health and beauty, all explained clearly and illustrated with photographs to show how much can be achieved the natural way.
A Practical Approach to Healing Common Back Ailments
The problems of back and neck pain have reached epidemic proportions, resulting in widespread suffering and loss of productivity. Healing Back looks at the causes and symptoms of spinal ailments and examines strategies for dealing with them. The emphasis is on the understanding of good posture and the integration of stretching, strengthening and healing exercises into daily life, but the book also provides information on remedial therapies, including alternative treatments such as acupuncture and shiatsu massage.
Yoga for Life
How to Stay Strong, Flexible and Balanced Over 40
Designed for the over 40s, this comprehensive guide to Yoga gives appropriate advice on posture, exercise, avoiding injury and finding inner calm. A founder of the Wellington Centre who has practised yoga since childhood, Fairley provides step-by-step, illustrated directions for a range of poses and sequences as well as suggestions for diet and help with a number of common problems, including headaches and sleeplessness.