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Book Review: Massage For Total Stress Relief: The Art of Relieving Tension Through Massage by Nitya Lacroix

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Massage For Total Stress Relief: The Art of Relieving Tension Through Massage by Nitya Lacroix is an important work regarding the proper use of massage techniques to release tension and stiffness. Lacroix approaches the subject by teaching how the various areas of the body accumulate tension, as well as mechanisms, to unlock great tension.

Lacroix explains that the back tightens due to everyday stress. Facial tension masks vulnerability. The shoulders tighten and compress in order to restrain uncomfortable or painful emotions. The abdomen restricts in response to suppression of gut level emotions or deep feelings. Postural tension pulls the pelvis out of alignment and strains the lower back.

The author explains specific body types which display classic symptoms of deeply held feelings and emotions. The guard body type has a tense body. The victim body type appears to have a collapsed skeletal structure. The warrior type has a rigid and erect body structure. The intellectual or nerd type has a protruding head with contracted joints.

Lacroix has specific massage routines to provide deep relaxation and body work to handle the various stresses and strains which develop over time. The palpitation stroke massages the long muscles of the back. The stretch stroke is used for tight muscles which surround the vertebrae. The squeeze and rock motions are employed for tight thighs. Stretch strokes are employed for the
calves while knuckle stretches loosen tension in the feet.

Lacroix explains the benefits of cupping to revitalize low energy levels and stimulate the circulation and nerve endings. The technique is also utilized in Chinese massage sequences to aid in body circulation.

Massage For Total Stress Relief is an important work for readers seeking to implement the techniques with assistance from family members or others. Each technique is depicted with several illustrations so that readers can understand the basic positioning of the body in preparation for each massage. Specific massage techniques should be discussed with your medical
care provider to provide optimum benefits.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.