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Loving Hands: The Traditional Indian Art of Baby Massage

Leboyer, Frederick

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ISBN 10: 0394404696 / ISBN 13: 9780394404691
Published by New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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139 p. This is a lovely book of photographs and instructions for giving a baby or small child a massage (or any loved one, for that matter). Leboyer, the author and photography, came upon a beautiful woman in a shantytown on the outskirts of Calcutta, engrossed in giving her baby a massage--an act Laboyer calls "an exchange of love." Realizing the value of the ritual for the health and happiness of both participants, he returned again and again to photograph Shantala performing a massage and described each step in detail. Sixth printing. Black-and-white photographs. Quarto (ca. 12" x 9"), red hard cover with silver title on tan spine, almost perfect (a minute sliver of color loss along two inches of the lower edge of lhe front cover); dust jacket fine except for one 1/4" closed tear, not price clipped. Extra postage may be necessary because of the book's large size. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-18060393806

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Title: Loving Hands: The Traditional Indian Art of ...

Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Written by the famous French obstetrician, Fredrick Leboyer, who pioneered the popular "water birth" or Leboyer method of birthing. In LOVING HANDS he shows us how, in the weeks and months following the birth, we can use the flowing rhythms of the traditional Indian art of baby massage to communicate our love and strength to our infants in a primal language of touch and sensation. The actual techniques of massage, and the embracing vision that animates them, are seen through the person of the radiant young mother, Shantala, whom the author met with, observed, and photographed with her babies in India. The wisdom and knowledge Dr. Leboyer has absorbed from his sojourns in the East are fused with the deeply personal expression--in words and photos--of his own unique insight. LOVING HANDS, like its extraordinary predecessor, BIRTH WITHOUT VIOLENCE, brings us into a new and transforming relationship with our babies--and with ourselves.

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