With the fast pace of modern living, people need ways to release stress more than ever before. Acu-Yoga is a powerful, practical tool that people can easily learn and use to relieve their stresses and tensions, and replace them with energy and vibrant health. Look around you and see how most of us deal with stress nowadays. Mostly what we do is avoid it or try to suppress it by overeating, smoking, drinking or using over-the-counter medications or other drugs. Of course, all of these only compound the problem.
Many physical disorders such as headaches or backaches are either caused by or worsened by tension. We have the ability to turn these "minor" ailments around, to actively work toward health. Acu-Yoga is a health practice that can benefit many physical disorders, especially problems that involve muscular constriction.
Acu-Yoga is written to serve people with a wide range and variety of experience, from beginners to health teachers and practitioners. Its aim is to show the interconnections between the ancient practices of Yoga and the traditional systems of Acupressure. It is written as a self-help manual. The first section of the Book discusses the Origins and basic principles of Acu-Yoga. The second section contains four exercise series that can be used for daily practice. The last section covers twenty four common disorders that are related to stress and tension. Each section deals with the causes and gives practical self Acupressure techniques.
Michael Reed Gach founded the Acupressure Workshop of Berkeley, California in 1976. As Director of the Workshop he teaches classes on various forms of Acupressure : Jin Shin, Shiatsu, Acupressure Massage, Reflexology, Do-In, and Acu-Yoga. He originated Acu-Yoga, which is based on his own experience and research in Acupressure and Yoga. His current focus is on teaching Acupressure for stress management.
During the past live years Michael has led hundreds of classes, workshops, and seminars, locally and nationally for various schools, centers, clinics, associations and colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and has developed a training program specifically for nurses and other health professionals. The Acupressure Workshop offers nurses Continuing Education credit for the courses he teaches.
Michael teaches classes to people in all walks of life throughout California and abroad. He is dedicated to helping people learn to help themselves and Others in a holistic way, using safe and effective methods. Michael encourages people to be responsible for their health and improve the quality of their life by using Acupressure and Yoga, along with good nutrition, exercise, productive work and positive thinking. Information about his activities, and for arranging workshops in other locations can be obtained from the Acupressure Workshop, 1533 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, Ca. 94709.
Carolyn Marco is a freelance writer-editor living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has extensive experience in the holistic health Held in general, and with acupressure in particular, Carolyn has studied and practiced many elements and techniques of Oriental culture including philosophy, meditation, Yoga, health care theory and practices, and martial arts. Her pursuits in the areas of personal growth—for physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development provide her with the foundation from which she contributes to other people's health and well-being