Rolfing : Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being by Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.
Despite its title there is very little in this book about the Rolfing technique. It is a book filled with Ida Rolf's keen observations and insights into the body, which makes it accessible to all natural and alternative therapists. It is a good reference for practitioners wishing to develop their observational skills of their clients/patients bodies, therefore helping them to identify the underlying structural deficiencies.
Meditation : A Foundation Course by Barry Long
A book with 10 simple lessons "that teach you how to start dissolving your false self - the essential foundation for discovering the truth which is yourself".
I enjoy the book's straightforwardness and practicality. It cuts through all of the hoopla, new age mystification and wrong practices associated with meditation. It is a book on self observation - on observing the troublesome mind in action so that it can eventually be understood and mastered. In short, it is an excellent book and I recommend it to many of my clients.
Atlas of Human Anatomy, 2nd Edn, by Frank H. Netter, M.D.
A book with hundreds of Frank Netter's beautiful illustrations of the human body. I have seen many other atlases and illustrations and none can compare to the work of Frank Netter as presented in this book. I refer to it often as the single best source for anatomical illustrations. Netter's passion for the anatomy of the human body shines through.
Waking the Tiger : Healing Trauma by Peter Levine
A breakthrough book that clearly explains the once obscure subject of trauma. Peter Levine presents his insights into trauma and his understanding of its mechanisms gained from his 30 year career as a psychologist. A must read book for anyone wishing to gain a true understanding of trauma.
Energy Medicine by James Oschman
James Oschman does a wonderful job presenting a synthesis of research that validates the work of bodyworkers and natural therapists. He demonstrates the clear scientific basis of energy-based medicine. An essential book for all natural therapists needing to explain what they do from a scientific point of view.