The Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness & Healing advances the understanding of medical sociology by identifying the most important contemporary challenges to the field and suggesting directions for future inquiry. The editors provide a blueprint for guiding research and teaching agendas for the first quarter of the 21st century.
In a series of essays, this volume offers a systematic view of the critical questions that face our understanding of the role of social forces in health, illness and healing. It also provides an overall theoretical framework and asks medical sociologists to consider the implications of taking on new directions and approaches. Such issues may include the importance of multiple levels of influences, the utility of dynamic, life course approaches, the role of culture, the impact of social networks, the importance of fundamental causes approaches, and the influences of state structures and policy making.
Healing & Mystical States Are Just a Breath Away: Personal Experiences with Holotropic Breathwork shares seven first-hand reports of the powerful personal growth and transformation tool, Holotropic Breathwork. Holotropic Breathwork is an amazing modality for healing and insight in which "breathers" reach non-ordinary states of consciousness via accelerated deep breathing, evocative music and a safe group setting. The author digs into his personal journals to encourage others to learn more about this simple yet extremely effective tool.
This is a concise guide to using crystals for health, harmony and happiness, shown in over 150 photographs. It shows you how to use crystals for increased energy or relaxation, and improved powers of concentration. You can discover how crystals can work with the body's powerful chakra system. There are simple visualization techniques and exercises to introduce you to the art of crystal meditation. It also covers healing placements to help treat a variety of conditions, such as muscular aches and pains, stress and headaches. The ancient traditions of crystal healing are undergoing a revival, and this handy guide explains how they can bring real benefits and lasting changes to our modern lives. The first part of the book allows you to learn how to choose, care for and wear your gems, how the shade of a crystal indicates its main energy function, and how to balance the chakras using crystals. The second section suggests how to use crystals to relieve pain, aid restful sleep and release stress, as well as how to place crystals around the home or office to enhance your surroundings, and bring a balancing and cleansing influence to your environment.
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