Mind, Body & Spirit
The Happiness Bible
A Definitive Guide to Sustainable Wellbeing
Cheryl Rickman explains where happiness comes from and how it can be nurtured and maintained by following the principles of positive psychology. In addition, she outlines simple activities and techniques designed to break down the barriers to wellbeing and help navigate the negative.
A Practical Guide to Crystal Therapy
Devised as a resource both for the layman and the crystal therapist, Shirley O'Donoghue presents the history of the art and the basics of the subtle energy system, meridians and auras. She explains how to select and use crystals for different purposes and offers an overview on subjects including animal healing, astrology, and combining crystals with a range of alternative treatments.
Say Why to Drugs
Everything you Need to Know About the Drugs We Take and Why We Get High
Dr Suzi Gage investigates the science behind recreational drugs, from coffee and alcohol to cocaine and LSD. She debunks common urban myths and offers clear explanations of how each substance impacts the brain and body, both short and long term.
The Light of Sex
Initiation, Magic, and Sacrament
Maria de Naglowska (1883–1936) sets out her treatise on the spiritually transformative power of sex. She offers insights into the mystic rituals followed by occultists in 1930s Paris, explaining how it is possible to achieve enlightenment through the adoration of the female spirit.
How to Press Pause Before Life Does it for You
Danielle North draws on her own experience of burn-out to explain how best to carve out time, to relax and reset, even on busy days. She also presents exercises and meditations based on eastern and western traditions and offers tips on nutrition and sleep.
Coping with Shyness and Social Phobia
A Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Social Anxiety
Research shows that shyness and social phobia will impact the lives of one in every 20 people. Supported by case studies and the latest research and practice in psychology, this guide explains the treatment options available and outlines a range of effective coping strategies.
Art and Spiritual Transformation
The Seven Stages of Death and Rebirth
Finlay Eversole presents a seven-step meditation journey designed to help the reader experience the spiritual energy embedded within art. To illustrate the stages, he examines works by, among others, the abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko and the modern visionary artists Alex Grey and Ernst Fuchs, revealing how art contributes to the transformation and evolution of human consciousness.
Taoist Astral Healing
Chi Kung Healing Practices Using Star and Planet Energies
Taoist astrology teaches that harnessing the energies of the stars can break cycles of attraction and addiction, promote longevity, and enable us to heal ourselves and others. This step-by-step guide explains its origins and principles and offers practical meditation techniques that are intended to allow the inner and outer universes to become more connected, expanding self-awareness, balancing the emotions and promoting spiritual growth.
Boost Your Brain
From simple tricks to overcome short-term lapses to methods for recalling information such as PINs over a longer period, the puzzles and tips in this illustrated volume offer ways to improve all aspects of memory. A series of questionnaires establish existing skills, and later chapters focus on numeric, verbal and logical reasoning for a complete mental work out. Answers are at the back.
The Whitlock Workout
Get Fit and Healthy in Minutes
Triple Olympic gold gymnast Max Whitlock details his health and fitness regime, including illustrated step-by-step exercise instructions. The workouts are aimed at all levels, from simple stretches on the sofa and 15-minute routines through to more advanced moves, all focused on maintaining core strength. He also includes nutritional advice and recipes demonstrating practical, easy ways to eat well at home.
Look Young, Live Longer
A New Approach to Reducing the Signs of Ageing
The clinical hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold explains how to stall the ageing process and build the confidence and motivation required to lead a happy, fulfilled life. His easy-to-follow seven-step holistic programme, covering subjects including weight loss, exercise, self-esteem, stress and sleep, is supported by online audio self-hypnosis resources.
The cancer survivor and clinical nutritionist Shauna R Martin offers an overview of the benefits of detoxing and the ingredients and equipment required and goes on to present four 4-day green juice and raw food cleanses – one for every season. Each of the nearly 70 vegan recipes contains up to nine servings of fresh vegetables and fruits, with no added water or sugar.
The Origins of Psychic Phenomena
Poltergeists, Incubi, Succubi, and the Unconscious Mind
A psychologist and paranormal researcher argues that phenomena including alien abduction, split personalities, possessions and spontaneous combustion can be rationally explained by activity within the cerebellum. He calls this part of the brain, which produces dreams and was much larger in Neanderthals, the seat of the unconscious, and suggests its repressed functioning is externalized in a wide variety of otherwise inexplicable events.
John Wood 1704–1754
In search of the inspiration behind the work of Bath’s celebrated architect, John Wood the Elder, Kirsten Elliott explores the myths of King Bladud, Stonehenge and Stanton Drew, before taking a ‘virtual walk’ around Bath to examine Wood’s architectural motifs. Slightly off-mint.
On Life After Youth
Charting her experience of the mental and physical challenges of menopause, Marina Benjamin explores what it means for a woman to turn 50 in a culture that reveres youth. Drawing on a range of literary, scientific and psychological sources, she offers unsentimental advice on how to achieve happiness in mid-life.
Life, Death and the Illusion of Control
Drawing on the author’s experience of breast cancer, this thought-provoking series of essays challenges our attitudes to ageing and death. Ehrenreich examines the natural life and death of cells, and our assumptions about the control we have over our bodies, in particular the way that cultural attitudes to mortality can be contradictory and unhelpful.
Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability
Rowan Hooper, managing editor at the New Scientist, explores the peaks of human attainment. As part of his investigation, he interviews high achievers from a diverse range of fields – from scientists, memory champions and opera stars to polyglots and ultrarunners, as well as the experts who study them. He goes on to assess the science of peak potential, reviewing the role of genetics alongside the often quoted 10,000 hours of practice.
Proven Methods to Reduce Stress, Manage Anxiety and Lift your Mood
Overloaded with alarming news stories, worried about their status or appearance, and falling short of unrealistically high expectations, people in the safest and most prosperous society in history can also be the most anxious. This accessible illustrated guide explains the symptoms and triggers for stress and depression and suggests practical, everyday strategies for coping, including relaxation, time management and mindfulness techniques.
Quick Answers to Quirky Questions about the Brain
In this accessible introduction to the brain and how it functions, two neuroscientists answer more than 100 widely asked questions such as why we dream, whether size matters, and how to improve memory. They also chart the history of our understanding of the brain, explore its depiction in popular culture, and offer tips on maintaining its health.
2nd Edition, A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
The clinical psychologist Sue Morris empathetically guides the bereaved through the grieving process, addressing both the emotional and practical challenges and suggesting ways of mapping out a new path following a loved one’s death.
Stop Smoking Now: 2nd Edition
A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques
Aiming to support the reader in overcoming nicotine addiction for good, this week-long course explains how to identify and beat smoking triggers and offers advice on weight management, stress reduction and avoiding future relapses.
Our Ultimate Challenge
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has crossed both Poles on foot and fought with the SAS: in spite of also having scaled mountains, he is still so scared of heights that he hates climbing ladders. In this meditation on the physical and psychological aspects of fear, he explores how they can be overcome, using his own experiences and historical moments in which fear played a critical role.
The Crystal Code
Balance Your Energy, Transform Your Life
Stones such as rose quartz, amethyst and tourmaline have long been associated with divinatory, healing and protective properties. Tamara Driessen explains the meaning and powers of 70 different crystals and offers a series of tutorials covering subjects including meditation, creating an altar and dowsing. Slightly off-mint.
Lost and Found
Memory, Identity, and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves
Why do some memories remain vivid while others fade; and who are we when we dream or when dementia has altered our personality? Sharing insights from her own clinical practice, a consultant neurologist here sets out the latest research that is revealing how many of our assumptions about consciousness are deeply flawed. She also considers questions of legal responsibility in cases of changed personalities and reveals how neurological disorders can awaken talent and creativity.
Written with advice from a neuroscientist and a nutritionist, Karen Thomson – who has struggled with her own addictions – provides tools and techniques to help overcome a reliance on sugar and carbohydrates. Her 8-week plan includes journal exercises, to track progress and explore the emotional ties that can lead to negative eating habits, as well as meal plans for every day of the programme and over 50 recipes.
Created by fermentation, probiotics can improve gut health, boost the immune system and alleviate stress and anxiety. Following a brief introduction to the ingredients and equipment needed, the 60 fermented drinks in this collection use either a starter culture to create kefirs such as Strawberry Ginger Water, or natural yeasts and bacteria combined with fruit for options including Blackberry Vanilla Tepache or Pineapple Ginger Soda.
Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement
Biomechanist Katy Bowman proposes that a movement-filled life is the best way to achieve optimum mental and physical health. She explores the mechanics of inactivity, inviting the reader to consider how technology encourages a sedentary lifestyle and impacts our wellbeing and the natural world.
Anatomy and 100 Stretching Exercises for Runners
This detailed guide offers stretching exercises to help runners of all levels improve their flexibility, enhance their performance and decrease the risk of injury. Each activity includes photographs and anatomical illustrations of the relevant primary and secondary muscles. Off-mint.
The Curious Science of Our Bodies
Can the power of thought outwit ageing? What’s it like to be struck by lightning? Could 3D printers make body parts? These are among the intriguing questions discussed in stories that explore the stranger aspects of the human body. These 17 articles were originally published on mosaicscience.com, an online magazine created by Wellcome. Off-mint.
The Shrinkology Solution
Discover Your Eating Type, Lose Weight and Keep it Off – For Life
This scientific approach to dieting identifies the different eating ‘types’, considers the emotional, behavioural and lifestyle issues that may influence how we eat and offers advice on how to lose weight healthily and sustainably. Slightly off-mint
The Influential Mind
What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
Sometimes a badly informed loudmouth can be more persuasive than the most cogent expert on any given subject. Cognitive neuroscientist Sharot explains the psychology of persuasion, and why many of our instinctive behaviours and beliefs are counterproductive.
Your Superstar Brain
Unlocking the Secrets of the Human Mind
Combining insights from groundbreaking research with anecdotes from her own life, a neuroscientist here provides an accessible introduction to the evolution and functioning of the human brain. She explains how our personalities, memories and emotions are created, considers the foods, music and activities that can supposedly benefit or harm our intellectual abilities, and examines why our big brains still make bad decisions and reward addictive behaviours.
Past Present Future
This overview of extraterrestrial life explores the subject from the earliest speculations 400 years ago to today's ongoing search for Earth 2.0. Including more than 200 illustrations and photographs, the author discusses the history of astronomy and the science of exobiology, and celebrates the history of fictional aliens from War of the Worlds to E.T.
The Most Effective Ways to Take Back Your Back
Beth Murinson, the Director of Pain Education at the renowned Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, explains how to diagnose and manage different types of back pain, such as muscle injuries, slipped discs and sciatic nerve compressions. With the aid of detailed illustrations, she outlines the medical, surgical, therapeutic and alternative treatments that are most appropriate for each condition and highlights commonly misdiagnosed issues.
The Accidental Memoir
This book is designed to guide you through the process of writing your life story. Work through it from start to finish or dip into it at any point. Its pages are filled with prompts, tips and exercises to get you writing, ranging from the creation of lists of your secrets and regrets to descriptions of food, music, pets and people special to you.
How Hormones Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, and Make Us Wiser
Marie Haselton offers a detailed study of hormonal intelligence, exposing its powerful influence on every aspect of women's lives from puberty to menopause. She also explores topical issues such as giving birth in middle age and taking hormone supplements in later life.
An Imperfect Science
Opened in 2019, the Wellcome Galleries at the Science Museum, London, bring together the personal collection of Henry Wellcome and the Museum’s own medical holdings to provide the world’s most extensive display of the history of medicine. Arranged in ten chapters that reflect the interests of the curators, the book covers topics including protheses, military medicine, iron lungs and psychiatry, and illustrates artefacts as diverse as moles’ feet amulets (to ward off cramp) and a 21st century athlete’s running blade.
The Journey within
Exploring the Path of Bhakti
In this sequel to his spiritual autobiography The Journey Home, the monk and activist Radhanath Swami combines personal anecdotes with the wisdom of gurus, saints and sacred texts. He guides the reader on the devotional path of bhakti yoga – ‘this timeless way of transforming consciousness’ – explaining how to awaken the potential to love, to balance our lives and to become instruments of change, showing kindness to others and care for our environment.
Haynes Running Manual
A Step-by-Step Guide
For those training for a marathon or just jogging around the park, this highly illustrated guide offers techniques to improve performance, health and fitness. It explains the physiology of running, advises on nutrition and choosing the best equipment and introduces exercises and weekly training programmes.
Body Transformation Manual
The Ultimate 12-Week Workout Plan Suitable for Women and Men
This health advice guide acknowledges that physical training is only part of getting in shape, advising on nutrition and lifestyle as well as demonstrating specific exercise routines to provide a complete programme for weight loss and fitness.
What's Your Type?
The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
The Myers-Briggs personality test was created in the 1920s by a mother–daughter team who had been inspired by Carl Jung. This account of its history and adoption by organizations worldwide acknowledges both believers and sceptics while exploring our need to categorize our ‘true selves’.
The Ancient Brotherhood Revealed
This introduction outlines the history and practices of Freemasonry, from its legendary origins to modern incarnations around the world. The author argues that, although the Craft has frequently been viewed with suspicion, Masonic ideals are a force for good.
The Masonic Magician
The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite
When he was arrested by the Inquisition in 1789, Count Alessandro Cagliostro had won fame across Europe as an alchemist, healer and Freemason. This account of his rise and fall draws on new documentary evidence to examine both the case against him and the reasons for the devotion and ridicule that he attracted. The book features a full English translation, with commentary, of Cagliostro’s ‘Ritual of Egyptian Freemasonry’.
The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After
Heather Harpham relives the anguish she experienced when her new-born daughter Gracie was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease requiring ongoing blood transfusions. The best option is a stem-cell transplant from a future sibling, a risky path fraught with moral implications and made more complicated by the difficult relationship Heather had with Gracie’s father.
I Want to Concentrate
Improve Focus and Achieve More
The relentless external interruptions associated with our modern world, combined with internal preoccupations, can affect our concentration. Punctuated with quotes from noted thinkers, Harriet Griffey offers practical information, pointers and ideas on how best to marshal our thoughts and actions, improving personal and business relationships and reducing stress.
The Angry Chef
Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating
Popular blogger and professional chef Anthony Warner is angry about the increasing prevalence of unscientific food and health experts making misleading claims about superfoods and miracle health regimes. Investigating these claims with academic rigour as well as humour, this well-reviewed book is an exposé of the pseudoscience sometimes presented by food bloggers, self-styled nutritionalists and diet gurus.
And Other Occult Writings from La Flèche
These 20 articles are mostly taken from a newspaper published in the 1930s by Maria de Naglowska. The paper promoted her religious system – the Third Term of the Trinity – which taught that the Holy Spirit of Christianity was feminine, and that sex could uplift humanity. Most of the articles are written by Naglowska herself; they cover topics including sacred sexuality, religious philosophy and feminism.
The Herbal Remedy Handbook
Treat Everyday Ailments Naturally, from Coughs and Colds to Anxiety and Eczema
This holistic guide to well-being explains how to treat a range of health conditions using traditional remedies made from ingredients that can be easily foraged from hedgerows or sourced from the supermarket. Covering both minor illnesses and injuries and more complex issues such as insomnia, the recipes, which include balms, tonics, poultices and teas, are easily tailored to individual needs.
Don’t Just Sit There
Transitioning to a Standing and Dynamic Workstation for Whole-Body Health
Explaining how simple tweaks to a conventional office set-up will result in a more dynamic, creative and energy-filled working environment, Katy Bowman shares corrective exercises that can be carried out seated and standing.
Advice for the Dying
And Those Who Love Them, A Practical Perspective on Death
The nurse and award-winning writer Sallie Tisdale offers a thought-provoking and practical perspective on death and dying in this meditation on the inevitable. Comprising intimate anecdotes based on the deaths she has witnessed in her life and work, as well as insights gleaned from literature and other world cultures and traditions, this volume offers the resources and reassurance required to plan compassionate end-of-life care.
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.
The Long Path to Wisdom
Tales from Burma
Featuring talking animals, wicked mothers-in-law, monks and deities, this compendium of Burmese folk tales encompasses themes including sorrow, betrayal, atonement and love. The stories reveal both the profound influence of centuries of Buddhist thought on the nation's rich mythological heritage and the extent to which every culture draws upon universal wisdom.
Breaking Mum and Dad
The Insider's Guide to Parenting Anxiety
Based on her own experience of post-natal anxiety, and with contributions from the Clinical Psychologist Dr Reetta Newell, Anna Williamson offers empathetic, practical advice designed to help new parents manage and conquer stress and low mood in the early days of parenthood.
The Insider's Guide to Conquering Anxiety
Approaching depression and anxiety with straightforward explanations, simple advice and light-hearted illustrations, this pocket guide discusses the mechanisms that trigger anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, low mood and insomnia and offers tips and activities designed to counter them.
Sex After Sixty
From couples who have long-since given up sex altogether to people who discover new aspects of their sexuality, or even enter a second adolescence in advanced age, this study by a French psychologist draws on extensive interviews and case studies to reveal insights about attitudes to, and experience of, sexual intimacy among older people. Slightly off-mint.
The Secret Life of the Mind
How Your 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. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
The Mighty Healer
Thomas Holloway's Victorian Patent Medicine Empire
Selling the ‘cure-alls’ he made by bottling leftover cooking grease in the kitchen of his parents' Cornish pub set Thomas Holloway on the road to becoming one of the richest self-made men in Victorian England. Here the author (a distant cousin) explores the rise and fall of his patent medicine empire and reveals how he used his millions to build the enormous Gothic college that still bears his name.
Body-weight Exercise for Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
In contrast with training on gym machines, body-weight exercise uses only the resistance and movement of the body to improve the health of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Designed to prevent injuries and aid recovery, this guide presents a range of targeted exercises, supported by diagrams and photographs describing the anatomy behind body movement and demonstrating the routines.
A Step-by-Step Guide
Exploring an ostensibly simple activity, this manual analyses every aspect of the sport from the mechanics of the running action and the body's energy systems to specific training programmes and exercise routines for sprinting, middle distance and endurance running.
Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core
An Illustrated Guide to a Safe and Effective Core Training Program
By discussing the six fundamental principles of the Pilates method alongside a clear explanation of functional core anatomy, this illustrated manual demonstrates how to develop proper movement patterns without risking injury.
The Science of Stretching
There are varied stretching modalities, or types, and choosing which is most appropriate depends on the exercise, environment and target outcome. This guide draws on recent scientific research to explain different stretches, including static, dynamic and ballistic, and assesses each technique in the context of its effects on performance, pain and injury. Diagrams, tables and step-by-step illustrations are included to help you to choose the most beneficial regime for your requirements.
Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer
Why doesn’t the immune system fight cancer the way it does other diseases? Told through the experiences of patients, doctors and immunotherapy researchers, this is the story of the game-changing scientific discoveries that unleash our natural ability to recognize and defeat cancer.
Out of the Woods
A Guide to Life for Men Beyond 50
This practical guide is aimed at the maturing man, offering insight and advice on how to handle the changing roles and responsibilities of midlife onwards. Addressing a wide range of possible issues, from relationship breakdowns to health problems, there are checklists, case studies and exercises to help navigate the pitfalls and possibilities of the years beyond 50.
Mapping the Mind
The latest techniques for imaging the brain have enabled scientists to see some of the biological mechanisms that create our thoughts, memories, feelings and perceptions. This book describes these first insights into the secrets of the brain, with illustrations based on scans which have helped to explain a range of phenomena, from dyslexia and obsessive behaviour to schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease, and reveal how our culture has been shaped by the ebb and flow of our neurotransmitters.
The Longevity Bible
The Definitive Guide to a Long, Healthy and Happy Life
Following the premise that ageing well is about staying motivated and content, this illustrated guide explains how to build the resilience to achieve a long and healthy life. Incorporating numerous yoga poses and balancing Eastern philosophy and Western science, it considers the importance of staying active and alert, eating a healthy diet and having a rewarding social life.
Are You Sharp Enough to be a KGB Agent?
In a course that progresses from the level of junior operative to double agent, Spy School aims to sharpen your mind using techniques developed to train Russian intelligence agents. Following the story of a counter-intelligence operation, the book presents a series of documents and diary entries along with instruction on memory formation techniques, practical exercises, tasks and questions on the central plot. This Russian bestseller was translated by Svetlana Shcholokova.
How Your Body Defends and Protects You
Without an immune system, we could not survive the battle between our microscopic enemies and ourselves. Drawing on sources from ancient Egyptian medical texts to cutting-edge medical science, the academic Catherine Carver explores the many facets of our natural defence system – including how it knows what to attack and what to defend, how diseases try to evade it, and how researchers are designing new drugs to harness its power.
The Disordered Mind
What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves
Eric R Kandel, recipient of a Nobel Prize for his pioneering research, demonstrates how studies of brain disorders, including autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease, have improved our understanding of the close connections between neurological and psychiatric illnesses. He discusses the ways in which these findings are not only contributing to the development of effective treatments but are also helping to explain the mysterious origins of consciousness and creativity in the intricate interactions of brain cells.
Beat Stress with Meditation
Meditation can help to relieve stress and anxiety by developing a calmer and more balanced approach to everyday situations. This practical step-by-step guide describes how to master progressive exercises and integrate meditation techniques into daily life, emphasising the importance of a holistic approach to health for the body and the mind.
Breakfast with the Centenarians
The Art of Ageing Well
The renowned gerontologist Daniela Mari draws on her extensive experience of elderly care to reveal the art and science behind a healthy, happy old age, explains the concept of 'active ageing', and looks at how our sleeping habits and diet contribute to longevity.
The Lean Machines
Eat Well, Move Better and Feel Awesome
The personal trainers and popular YouTubers Leon Bustin and John Chapman advocate a balanced, fad-free approach to well-being, and here they share a variety of nutritious recipes, workout plans and mindfulness tips designed to improve overall health and happiness.
Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day
In this guide to yoga for people of all shapes and sizes, Anna Guest-Jelley explains the philosophy behind the exercises, describes how to adapt traditional poses to suit body shape, and shows that yoga can improve not only strength and flexibility, but also self-image.
Greek Myths Reimagined
Looking out from the terrace of his house above the Gulf of Argos, John Spurling intertwines ancient and modern in a reimagining of Greek mythology. He tells stories of the god Apollo (who lends his name to the local football team) and the region’s great heroes – Agamemnon, Herakles, Perseus and Theseus. With added context and dialogue, he locates the myths in their real-world settings and makes them fresh again for today’s readers.
The Complete Yoga Tutor
A Structured Course to Achieve Professional Expertise
This manual of Hatha Yoga, written by the founder of Dharma Yoga London, is aimed at serious practitioners and aspiring teachers. Step-by-step instructions for 65 asanas (postures) are given, accompanied by notes on the benefits of each and photographs of yoga practitioners executing the pose. Breathing, anatomy and the science and history of yoga are also covered in this comprehensive handbook.
An A–Z Guide for More Than Forty Medical Conditions
Suitable for both the professional and the layman, this illustrated guide to healing massage – the practice of manipulating the muscles and soft tissue – provides information on more than forty health conditions and explains how to use massage to treat them.
The Complete Idiot's Guide
To Pain Relief
Offering an overview of the conditions that cause pain and providing advice on how to live with, manage and treat it, this guide looks at over-the-counter and prescription medications and considers a range of alternative therapies such as acupuncture and meditation.
A Brief History of Secret Societies
The idea of secret societies that preserve hidden knowledge has exercised a powerful hold on the popular imagination for centuries. Taking a balanced view of the evidence for such groups, a former intelligence analyst traces the history of beliefs about arcane wisdom, from the ancient roots of esoteric religion and magic to medieval movements including the Knights Templar and the present-day secrets of the Freemasons.
Can Onions Cure Ear-Ache?
Medical Advice from 1769 by William Buchan, MD
William Buchan’s Domestic Medicine was an 18th-century bestseller, a self-help manual intended for those who could not afford professional medical assistance. It covered everything from hiccups to consumption but, as Robert Winston writes in his foreword, ‘most remedies in Buchan’s time remained distinctly dodgy’. Melanie King introduces a selection from his A–Z of often hair-raising advice.
Sharing the Wisdom of the Enlightened Sufis
The ancient Sufi way, which leads spiritual seekers past ordinary states of consciousness, still thrives in the modern Islamic world. This book comprises personal reminiscences of travels to Sufism’s holy sites and meetings with its teachers, from India and Pakistan to the Maghreb and South Africa. These are interspersed with an outline of Sufi history and the words of great masters of the past.
Close to Om
Stretching Yoga from Your Mat to Your Life
Written by the LA-based celebrity yoga teacher Andrea Marcum, this illustrated volume combines the teaching of poses with an exploration of yoga philosophy. Organized in three parts entitled ‘Awaken’, ‘Transform’ and ‘Unite’, each unit includes a detailed explanation of how to carry out a variety of mat exercises and goes on to offer tips on mindfulness and meditation.
The Social Animal
A Story of How Success Happens
Arguing that public policy failures result from a simplistic model of human behaviour, Brooks explains what brain research has revealed about the influence of the unconscious mind on our actions. He illustrates these ideas through a fictional story of two ordinary people who led lives fulfilled, not by intelligence, wealth or prestige but through the character and ‘street smarts’ developed in the unconscious realm of emotions, intuitions and social norms.
The Expert Guide to Sleeping Well
Written by the Director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, this exploration of sleep explains what it is and why we need it, reports the latest scientific research and advises on common disorders and how to improve your sleep using simple natural techniques.
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.
Wicca for Everyday Living
The Definitive Guide to Magic and the Craft
With claims to being the fastest-growing religion in the West, Wicca draws on pagan and hermetic traditions, and practitioners believe that we all possess the ability to improve our world. This illustrated handbook features practical information, such as how to build an altar; offers advice on visualization, the five sacred elements and the timing of spells and rituals; and explains the importance of nature, spirituality and the Sabbats.