Bob Anderson. Stretching. Bolinas, Calif.: Shelter Publications, 1980. Stretching is necessary for the body's ability to process higher energy. This fun book of stretches is very helpful. IF you want to be very knowledgeable, combine this with the analysis of asanas you get monthly in the popular magazine Yoga Journal and that will provide all the exercises you need.
Shizuto Masanuga with Wataru Ohashi. Zen Shiatsu: How to Harmonize Yin and Yang for Better Health. Tokyo, Japan: Japan Publications, Inc., 1977. People keep stealing my shiatsu books, and once you start experimenting with the techniques you'll understand why. Shiatsu becomes particularly interesting once you've developed chi kung.
The Editors of Prevention Magazine and The Center for Positive Living. Positive Living and Health: The Complete Guide to Bruin/Body Healing and Mental Empowerment. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, 1990. The editors overstate their case, but this book is full of useful information and handy tips. All the health-oriented books from Rodale Press are excellent sources for the independent investigator.
Edward Bach, M.D., and EJ. Wheeler, M.D., The Bach Flower Remedies. New Canaan, Ct.: Keats Health Classic, 1979. You have to try these things. You should also learn about homeopathic medicine. I know of few martial artists that don't respect chiropractors and massage therapists, for that matter.
Ted Kaptchuk and Michael Croucher. The Healing Arts: Exploring the Medical Ways of the World. New York: Summit Books, 1987. Every culture has its own system of maintaining health. This lucid book draws the best from many and explains their relevance to contemporary Western medicine. It was given to me by Dr. Michael Fenster, who recommended it highly.
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