Thai Massage and Healing Arts:
Practice, Culture and Spirituality
In Thai Massage and Thai Healing Arts:
Practice, Culture and Spirituality, author
and registered Thai therapist, Bob
uncovers a wealth
and presents the
connections to the
powerful healing art
of Thai massage.
In addition to the author’s work, other contributions in this anthology are from well known Thai massage professionals. The extensive experience and information provided in this reference book is invaluable to students and practitioners who wish to deepen their personal and professional understanding of traditional Thai healing arts.
THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SACRED
SPACES: Decoding Churches, Temples, Mosques and Other Places of Worship Around the World
A temple or a mosque is much more than a ravishing and sensually overwhelming piece of architecture. For millennia human beings have directed extraordinary amounts of time, energy and resources towards the design and creation of architecture that expresses spirituality. It is a remarkable fact that in most cultures throughout history the greatest buildings have been religious ones. The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces demystifies places of worship and offers fascinating insights into some of the most impressive structures ever built, revealing how they developed, how they were used and how the tenets of a particular faith are encoded in both their structure and embellishment.
This book is both an overview of holy architecture and a survey of the world’s major faiths. Part One explains key universal themes recurring within the architecture of sacredness. Part Two examines the great sites of prehistory and antiquity, but the emphasis is on the key living faiths, with major sections on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as the distinctive, indigenous religions of East Asia – Shinto, Confucianism and Taoism. Throughout both parts, the superb fullcolor photographs are interspersed with carefully designed “decoder” special features that reveal to the reader the meaning of a building or one of its decorative elements as it was intended by its creator and understood by its original audience. A stunning reference book, illustrated with superb full-color photographs and artwork.
HOW ROLAND ROLLS
When I hear the name Jim Carrey, I am immediately transported back to the early 90’s when he was a young comedian/actor on the show In Living Color. You remember: Fire Marshall Bill? It is the hilarious stuff of my youth. And I have to admit, I have been a fan ever since. Over the years Carrey has proven himself capable of so much more than the hilarious facial contortions and comedic roles for which he is so well known and loved. He has wowed his fans and critics with serious and insightful acting roles, as well as humbling and inspiring humanitarian work.
In his most recent, and perhaps, his most surprising role as children’s book author, Carrey has managed to tackle some of life’s more challenging lessons using metaphor, grace, honesty, and compassion. In How Roland Rolls, he creatively illuminates the interconnectedness of all of life. Introducing children to the notion that though sometimes they may feel small and alone, they are in fact, an integral part of a much larger existence.
Seemingly simplistic and lighthearted, How Roland Rolls is undoubtedly a book about love and togetherness – one that Carrey himself hopes will bring families closer. I can’t imagine how it would not.
Reviewed by Erica Settino
WHEN GLORY GOT HER GLOW BACK
In this children’s book, When Glory Got Her Glow Back, Laurel Lund tells the story of a glowworm who lost her glow and set out on a mission to find it, only to discover that the power she was seeking was inside all along. As readers join the glowworm on her journey to self-discovery, they learn the importance of confidence, self-esteem, diversity, creativity and the magic of color beyond what the eye can see.
A certified color and image consultant, Lund is knowledgeable on the physical, psychological and emotional aspects of color as well as the color frequencies associated with chakras, the body’s energy centers. For parents interested in sharing this information with their young children, Lund’s book can serve as a teaching tool to help them learn about the power of color in an easy-tounderstand format.