Category Archives: School of Health Sciences

Alert: National Guideline Clearinghouse taken down

The National Guideline Clearinghouse, used by many health practitioners to determine care recommendations, has lost its funding. The website goes down today, July 16th, and may or may not be replaced. Read the announcement

The NGC was an open-access database administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Health and Human Services administration. We will watch for developments on this important resource.

Chakra healing

51mwdptawylA beginner’s guide to self-healing techniques that balance the Chakras

By Margarita Alcantara
Call number: BF1442.C53 A43 2017
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Discover the ancient knowledge of chakra healing and restore balance to your mind, body, and spirit.

Within all living beings are powerful centers of energy called chakras. Each chakra holds the potential for immense healing and restoration. However, learning how to harness the chakra system’s amazing power can be challenging when so much of the information available is dense and academic or subjective and hard to trust.

In her successful New York practice, energy healer, acupuncturist, and Reiki master Margarita Alcantara addresses the most common ailments people experience today. She’s successfully taught her clients a wide range of different healing techniques for removing energy blockages and balancing their chakras. Through practical instruction and compassionate guidance, Margarita shows each client how to find the self-healing chakra technique that resonates best for their own unique needs.

In Chakra Healing Margarita brings these powerful techniques for chakra healing to anyone who wants to better their emotional, physical, and spiritual health through:

  • A THREE-PART CHAKRA HEALING APPROACH to identify your ailment, discover the affected chakra, and select from an array of effective chakra healing techniques
  • A VARIETY OF THERAPEUTIC METHODS TO CHOOSE FROM including Meditations & Visualizations, Crystals, Essential Oils, Yoga, Food & Diet, Behavioral Changes, and more
  • HELPFUL ILLUSTRATIONS AND PHOTOS of chakra locations, yoga poses, and crystals for easier than ever application of these self-healing techniques

The chakra techniques offered in Chakra Healing address a wide array of ailments and concerns, such as: Asthma and Allergies, Back Pain, Fatigue, Guilt, Anger, Digestive Issues, Neuropathy, Disconnection from Self and Others, Skin Issues, Headache, Loneliness, and more.

Dynamic bodyuse for effective, strain-free massage

512vgem2bx2l-_sx384_bo1204203200_By Dairen Pritchard
Call number: RM722 .P75 2007
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The most significant cause of early retirement from the massage profession is the cumulative strain on the body developed in the course of performing the work. The explosive growth of this occupation in recent years has been accompanied by an increase in the number of work-induced problems. Practitioners can easily strain their hands, particularly their thumbs, fingers, and wrists, as well as their shoulders and backs.

Written by noted teacher and trainer Darien Pritchard, this useful book explains those aspects of massage that can lead to these problems and shows how to apply pressure in ways that avoid them. The focus is on how to use the body safely and effectively. The author explores the benefits of involving the whole body to generate the power and movement that support the hands, saving the hands by using them skillfully, and conserving them by using other body areas such as the forearms and elbow whenever possible. Featuring 2,000 illustrations, Dynamic Bodyuse for Effective, Strain-Free Massage is essential reading for anyone involved in massage, whether a student, a professional massage practitioner or teacher, sports massage therapist, or aromatherapist.

Holistic aromatherapy

511imz-3hul-_sx399_bo1204203200_Practical self-healing with essential oils

By Mark Gian
Call number: RM666.A68 G53 2017
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Heal your body, mind, and spirit using the power of essential oils. Are you seeking a natural and holistic way to improve your mental, emotional and physical well being? And did you know that our sense of smell has the power to trigger and increase memory, change our mood and boost our immune system? In “Holistic Aromatherapy” you will find the foundations for harnessing this power and self-healing with essential oils, including the additional benefits of practical applications based on Chinese Medicine. Discover the healing connection between aromatherapy and Chinese Medicine, and learn about key essential oils – peppermint, lavender, rose, eucalyptus and many more – and their unique personalities and applications. Find out how to apply essential oils on acupressure points for enhanced benefits and make an essential bath oil, scrub, spray or steam inhalation, as well as simple massage techniques and compresses for pain relief.

The healing intelligence of essential oils

61d3ww8jxkl-_sx398_bo1204203200_The science of advanced aromatherapy

By Kurt Schnaubelt
Call number: RM666.A68 S364 2011
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Explores science’s new biological understanding of essential oils for improved immunity and treatment of degenerative diseases

• Explains how essential oils convey the complex natural healing powers of plants, offering scientifically proven advantages over synthetic drugs

• Offers revolutionary essential oil treatments to ameliorate the side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments as well as for hepatitis, osteoporosis, liver detoxification, and the prevention of UV damage and melanoma

• Presents simple recipes and protocols for strengthening the immune system; for treatment of common ailments, such as colds, flu, herpes, and candida; and for pain management

Exploring science’s new biological understanding of essential oils and their advantages over synthetic drugs, renowned aromatherapist Kurt Schnaubelt reveals how the effectiveness of essential oil treatments stems from our common biochemical and cellular heritage with plants. He explains how essential oils preserve a plant’s complex natural life-supporting and immune-building qualities, developed through millions of years of interaction with animals and humans. Reviewing recent research in molecular, cellular, and evolutionary biology, he shows how the multilayered activity of plant essences helps maintain the integrity of our genetic code–the reason why pathogens cannot develop resistance toward essential oils as they do with antibiotics and antivirals–making essential oils a more effective and sustainable form of treatment for a variety of health problems.

Laying to rest old arguments over essential oils’ alleged toxicity and whether they can be ingested or used undiluted, Schnaubelt presents simple recipes and protocols for treating and preventing common ailments, such as colds, flu, herpes, and candida, as well as for pain management. Offering new essential oil treatment opportunities for hepatitis, osteoporosis, liver detoxification, and the prevention of UV damage and melanoma, he shows how essential oils can also ameliorate the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments as well as how even home use of essential oils for relaxation or skin care can help build one’s immunity and overall well-being.

Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology

51xu2bnbn44l-_sx383_bo1204203200_Critical Thinking and Practical Application

By Ruth Werner LMP NCTMB
6th edition
Call number: RM721 .M366 2016
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A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, the best-selling pathology book, continues to set the standard through up-to-date, evidence-based content, an outstanding full color illustration program, and a friendly, accessible writing style. With skill and passion, respected author and lifelong educator Ruth Werner makes pathology fascinating and understandable for massage therapy students and prepares them to make professional choices that result in the best possible outcomes for clients living with a wide range of diseases and conditions. To ensure competent, safe practice, the Sixth Edition now emphasizes evidence-informed practice and offers a stronger focus on helping students develop the clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills they will need for complex decision- making. Well-established educational building blocks take learners from key word vocabulary through to more complex skills, and a wide range of enhanced in-text and online learning aids help ensure content mastery. Incorporating the latest research and information on more than 20 newly covered pathologies, the Sixth Edition is now ELAP-compliant, has testing formats that better prepare students for the MBLEx exam, and has been updated to be consistent with the DSM-V. — Goodreads.

Shiatsu Theory and Practice

51ds9n1l5sl-_sx382_bo1204203200_By Carola Beresford-Cooke
3rd edition
Call number: RM723 .A7 B45 2016
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Written by a well-known and highly respected author and practitioner within the field, 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 as well as that of Zen.

Beresford-Cooke explains the strands of theory in a way which 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 as well as online videoclips 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 testbank of questions.

This fully revised third edition is essential reading for students and practitioners of shiatsu and massage therapy.