“Good Health is something we all aspire to, but it’s so much more than just being free of disease. A perfectly functioning body, tranquil mind, and vibrant spirit working together harmoniously create the joy and happiness that put the ”good” in good health and the “worth” into a life worth living.”
This holistic resource (published by Balboa Press) is 510 pages long and includes illustrations, photos, relative sea stories, and links to further studies. Further details can be found on the author’s website: windroseaway.com and on Facebook under Our Inner Ocean
ABOUT LECAIN SMITH AND HIS NEW BOOK: The author, LeCain W. Smith, learned early in life that his personal path to awakening was through ocean sailing, bodywork, and transformational energetic experiences. When living on the sea, making friends with the elements and with nature, he uncovered his passion for adventure, exploration, fitness, and health. He spent many years studying and experiencing bodywork and practicing yoga, qigong, breathwork, and meditation. This passion, combined with seeing numerous friends struggle with health problems, eventually drove Smith to reach out and help others through the writing of this book. If this endeavor changes the life of only one person, he will consider it a success.
Over the years, he completed a six-year circumnavigation of the globe on his sailboat, wrote two books on nautical themes, produced a video about his travels, and, as a licensed sea captain for more than forty years, worked in various marine trades and taught others maritime skills. His published works do include: Steel Away, A Guide to the World of Steel Sailboats (1986), Maritime History of Brooksville (2005), The Maine Directory of Complementary & Alternative Health Practitioners (2008), and the documentary video Far Away (1999). “Captain Lee,” as friends around the world know him, returned from his adventures on the world’s oceans committed to diving into his inner ocean, that realm of innate wisdom he knew he could enter by making the body, breath, mind, emotions, and spirit his allies in discovery.
His heartfelt desire to help others find a relief from the ailments in their life, open their minds to alternative methods of care, and integrate the experience of true self-healing inspired him to make a lengthy research trip around the United States, interviewing practitioners and developers and receiving and uncovering hidden gems of bodywork, and energetic spiritual practices. He gathered all the information he had collected over a lifetime of research and experiences on land and sea—holistic healing methods, bodywork, energy medicine, breathwork, and revitalizing self-care practices—into the present volume of Our Inner Ocean.
This reference book is a compendium of both ancient and new complementary holistic healing modalities of practitioner-applied bodywork and rejuvenating self-care practices that illuminate our human potential and ignite our innate capacity for healing and optimal well-being. These modalities act as a springboard from which to dive into our inner ocean, the realm of wisdom within where the mystical space of awareness, intuition, and love can become the resting place fo the spirit, subtly working its magic on ourselves and others.
Bodywork and self-care practices have long been recognized as a way to help people feel better physically, but the magic of touch can also help us tap in to the wisdom of the body, discover the power of the energy that permeates it, and evoke its innate healing ability. When we pass through these portals into the inner ocean, we can reduce stress and pain, release blockages, prevent and resolve dysfunctions, bring harmony and balance, and ignite our spiritual nature. Its all about awakening our ability to actualize our fullest potential as humans. And in doing so, we make the world a better place.
Introduction Part One — Practitioner-Applied Bodywork
Health, Healing, and the Power of Touch Becoming More Embodied The Role of Bodywork The Results
Considerations Before Bodywork
The Bodywork Session Before a Treatment During a Treatment After a Treatment
The Skilled Practitioner Considering Competence The Practitioner and the Healing Process
The Art of Being a Good Recipient Preparing for a Session During a Treatment Follow-Up Care
A World of Applied Bodywork Modalities
Functional Reeducation Therapie
Substance- and Implement-Assisted Therapie
Energy Field and Spiritual Therapies
Some Final Thoughts About These Modalities
7. Progressive Body-Mind Psychotherapies
Part Two — Self-Directed Healing Practices
Breath Is The Way Some Basics About Conscious Breathing Enhancing Breath Awareness Six Types of Breathwork Four Phases of the Breath A Compilation of Breathwork Therapies and Practices A Collection of Specific Breathing Techniques Breathe in the Wind
Energy Flow Is the Key Awakening Awareness of the Vital Life Force The Divine Cosmic Connection The Manifestations of Energy Energy Fields and Energy Bodies The Human Energy Anatomy—Centers, Pathways, and Points Working with Energy Bodywork and Energy Two Powerful Ancient Practices Final Thoughts
Making a Shift in Consciousness Struggles and Obstacles Awakening Through Change Making the Shift Through Meditation
The Practice of Meditation Some Forms of Meditation Finding Wholeness
A World of Transformational Self-Care Healing Practices and Exercises Aerobics to Yoga
Ripples From My Inner Ocean Our Life’s Work Obstacles As Opportunities for Transformation Bringing It All Together with the Fabulous Five Seeking Happiness A Final Blessing
Appendix: Complementary and Alternative Health Care Resources