Tao of No Stress: Three Simple Paths

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Mar 1, 2002 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 96 pages
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Teaches the three paths that Taoist masters have used for centuries to create tranquillity in one's life.

• Adapts ancient Taoist wisdom to address the problems of a frenetic lifestyle.

• Offers clear instructions for releasing, massaging, and breathing stress away.

• Explores the mind/body/stress connection, showing that once the mind is calm, the body can function at its best.

Starting from the basic principle of "If you want to know how to eliminate stress, ask someone who is without stress," Stuart Alve Olson introduces the simple, time-tested exercises of Taoist masters to teach even the most harried Westerner how to go beyond reducing stress to eliminating it all together. Olson offers easy-to-use techniques to help us let go of tension and mental strain through breathing, mental relaxation, and massage.

Readers will learn from fifth-century physician T'ao Hung-ching the Six Sounds therapy that can be practiced between phone calls at the office or during morning traffic. Whether rubbing a simple pressure point in the middle of a meeting or enjoying breathing methods like the Heng Ha breath all day long, readers will discover the gifts of tranquillity, health, and balance offered by age-old Taoist practices. Tao of No Stress utilizes traditional verse, photos, and the down-to-earth guidence of the author to teach both the experienced Taoist practitioner and the complete novice how to live stress free in a stress full world.
 

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Contents

What is the Tao of No Stress?
WHAT Is STRESS?
THEORIES OF STRESS
THE TAO OF No STRESS
WHAT Is STRESS ELIMINATION?
ii
THE THREE PATHS TO ELIMINATING STRESS
13
The Theory or Releasing Stress
18
CHANGING YOUR SELFTRAINED STRESS RESPONSES
24
THE NECK METHOD
56
THE FEET METHOD
57
The Theory of Breathing Stress Away
62
The Methods of Breathing Stress Away
66
HENG HA BREATHING
67
Supplemental Breathing and Mediation Instructions
69
TRAINING THE BREATH
71
POSTURING THE BODY
73

The Methods of Releasing Stress
33
THERAPY OF THE CATS WALK
38
The Theory of Massaging Stress Away
42
The Methods of Massaging Stress Away
49
THE FACE METHODS
51
COMMENTS ON BREATHING
81
Afterword
83
About the Author
85
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Tao of No Stress
Three Simple Paths

Introduction: What is the Tao of No Stress?
What is Stress?
Types of Stress
Theories of Stress
Stress in America
What is Stress Elimination?
Three Paths for Eliminating Stress
The First Path: Releasing Stress
Chapter One - The Theory of Releasing Stress
The Meaning of Releasing
Changing Self-Trained Responses to Stress
Chapter Two -The Methods of Releasing Stress
Six Sounds Releasing Therapy
Catike Walk Releasing Therapy
The Second Path: Massaging Stress Away
Chapter Three -The Theory of Massaging Stress Away
The Meaning of Massage
Chapter Four - The Methods of Massaging Stress Away
Self-Massage Touch Therapy
The Face Methods
Massaging the Whole Face
Massaging the Temples
Massaging the Cheeks
Massaging the Mouth
Massaging the Nose
Massaging the Skin
Massaging the Ears
The Neck Method
The Feet Method
Acupressure Touch Therapy
Point for Anxiety and Nervousness
Point for Headaches
Point for Lowering Blood Pressure
The Third Path: Breathing Stress Away
Chapter Five - The Theory of Breathing Stress Away
Control the Breath, Control the Stress
Chapter 6 - The Methods of Breathing Stress Away
Abdominal Breathing
Heng Ha Breathing
Chapter Seven - Supplemental Breathing and Meditation Instructions
Mental Concentration
Training the Breath
Posturing the Body
Comments on Breathing
Afterword

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