Childbirth & Natural Birth Control
All these books are highly recommended!!
Cooperative Method of Natural Birth Control
by Margaret Nofzinger.
A fantastic introduction to what is now being called the "symptothermic method,
" a combination of calendar rhythm, basal body temperature,
and cervical fluid logging that narrows down your "safe" and "unsafe" days for intercourse.
Written by a woman who lives on The Farm (an intentional community in Tennessee),
in the same spirit as "Spiritual Midwifery," by Ima May Gaskin.
This is a great book if you're tired of regulating your fertility with the help of drugs
or potentially dangerous devices and don't mind keeping a chart to keep track of your hormonal changes.
by Ina May Gaskin
Here is the 4th edition of the classic book on home birth
that introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth.
Back again are even more amazing birthing tales, including those from women
who were babies in earlier editions and stories about
Old Order Amish women attended by the Farm midwives.
Also new is information about the safety of techniques routinely used in hospitals
during and after birth, information on postpartum depression and maternal death,
and recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives.
From the amazing birthing tales to care of the newborn,
Spiritual Midwifery is still one of the best books an expectant mother could own.
Includes resources for doulas, childbirth educators, birth centers,
and other organizations and alliances dedicated to improving maternity
care at home and in hospitals.
May's Guide to Childbirth
by Ina May Gaskin
Founding member and former president of the Midwives Alliance of North America
and author of Spiritual Midwivery, Gaskin offers encouragement and practical advice
in her upbeat and informative book on natural childbirth.
Since the mid-1970s, Gaskin and the midwives in her practice
on a Summertown, Tenn., commune
known as "The Farm, " have attended over 2,200 natural births.
Gaskin, who learned the rudiments of her gentle birthing technique from the Mayans in Guatemala,
has helped bring attention to the method's remarkably low rate of morbidity and medical intervention.
Couples considering natural childbirth will get inspirational coaxing from more
than a dozen first-person narratives shared by the author's clients.
Gaskin decries what she sees as Western medicine's focus on pain during birth,
arguing that natural birthing can not only be euphoric and blissful but also orgasmic
(a survey of 150 natural birthing women "found thirty-two who reported experiencing at least one orgasmic birth").
The second half of Gaskin's book deals with the practical side of natural birthing,
including how to avoid standard medical interventions such as epidurals,
episiotomies and even prenatal amniocentesis that may be unnecessary, even dangerous, to mother or child.
While this may not be the definitive guide to natural childbirth,
it is a comfortable and supportive read for women who want to trust their bodies to do what comes naturally.
by Jeannine Parvati Baker, Tamara Slayton, Frederick Baker
In today's world of ever-increasing assisted reproduction technology,
this book is even more important than when it was first published in 1986.
This enormously rich and original work of art takes readers on a very special journey.
A journey about beginnings, with a very special guide-Jeannine Parvati Baker reigns
as the spiritual leader of the Women's Movement in the US and her influence has spread abroad as well.
She has always been a powerful advocate for babies to be born naturally
into families who can express their own power inspite of the medical establishment.
Every individual considering pregnancy should study her insights,
and return to the book again and again,
because a conscious conception is the cornerstone of primal health.
Yoga and Natural Childbirth, Third Edition
by Jeannine Parvati Baker
Prenatal yoga is the perfect companion for a beautiful, conscious birth.
Here is a book for women who embrace the true meaning of what yoga is: Union with the absolute.
It is not merely a book of postures for improving common pregnancy discomforts,
but a true guide to being a woman with child, in all that this encompasses: living in our bodies
as in the temple of the Goddess and of the child to come,
embodying the tremendous energy and power that are ours
to reclaim through the initiations of pregnancy and childbirth.
Along with potent asanas preparing women for the journey of childbirth
and becoming aligned and established in their true selves,
are the author's own odyssey and growth into motherhood.
This is a very personal book,
both because Jeannine Parvati Baker invites us into her sacred space,
and because she constantly invites us to find our own sacred space
through the postures, conscious parenting decisions, and contemplation.
It is a book to treasure and return to long after pregnancy,
simply to steep in the sancticity of pregnancy.
It is one of those gems of childbirth publications that makes
you want to find a quiet space to relish being woman, and simply being.
Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
(Wise Woman Herbal Series, Book 1)
by Susun S. Weed
The Wise Woman Herbal: The Childbearing Year is an excellent resource for any pregnant women,
whether she has never considered herbal remedies before, dabbles in them occasionally,
or is a full-fledged herbal practitioner, but it is very friendly to the newcomer to herbal medicine.
The book includes simple prescriptions for those who don't want to get deeply involved in herbal medicine,
such as drinking raspberry leaf tea daily throughout the pregnancy to strengthen the uterus.
However, for those who are interested in more complex remedies,
the author explains in great detail how to make infusions, tinctures, oils, etc.,
more so than any other herbal medicine book I've read.
This is very helpful to people who have dabbled a little in herbology
but have not found a mentor to teach them the ropes.
Included in the book is everything from herbal birth control to remedies for the newborn.
Especially helpful is the listing of teratogens, or substances that can cause birth defects
-- unlike other books on pregnancy, this book lists some common cooking herbs that should be avoided.
Appendices include a listing of herbal sources for vitamins and minerals,
and recipes for herbal tonics and medicines.
A glossary is also included.
The author's interesting New Age spirituality and suspicion of technology (such as ultrasound)
does not detract from the practical aspects of the book, but adds a sort of charm to the whole process.
Asking a plant's permission before picking it is totally a spiritual act.
Revised Edition of the Classic
by Frederick Leboyer
This book is so full of common sense, compassion and beauty while still being founded upon simple
yet so often unpracticed scientific principles that is almost annoying to read.
"How is it possible that we haven't been doing this for ten thousand years?
How is it possible that we don't do this today as a matter of course?";
these will be just some of the first questions that will pop up in your mind.
It is so clearly written and so important, that the attributes of this not just
life-altering but culture-altering book about the first moments of life for a newborn child cannot be understated.
It reads, and to a large degree is constructed, like great poetry
--in much the same way the work of Galileo and Darwin and Alice Miller and Stephen Hawking read
like epic poetic novels as they sing with human, universal truths.
Remember Birth :
And Other Extaordinary Scientific Discoveries About the Mind
by David Phd Chamberlain
The best part of this book is its collection of awesome,
authenticated birth (and pre-birth) memories.
They support the belief that babies are beings of a very high level
of consciousness at the time of birth, to a degree that most people would never suspect.
This book belongs on a list about spirituality as much as it belongs on a list about birth.
The memories that many people are able to retrieve about their births
indicate that tiny infants indeed come into the world "trailing clouds of glory".
Their emotions and level of understanding at birth are those of fully evolved spiritual beings,
who--one assumes--lose their memories of a former spiritual existence as they mature.
Anyone who is truly open to the message of this book will be deeply moved
by stories such as the one about the baby in the womb who was worried about
his mother because he understood that she was bleeding and near death.
After reading this book, you're very likely to want your baby
to have as gentle and natural a birth as possible-
-and you just might be careful what you say in the delivery room!
Sensual & Therapeutic Massage
by George Downing.
-A Hippie Classic-
Yes, my first book on massage and we still have it.
Written in the 70's-a true classic.
Covering such subjects as, self massage, animal massage,
massage for lovers, meditation, tai chi chuan and anatomy.
The style presented in "The Massage Book" is one which is used by a large percentage
of professional massage therapists to produce a deeply satisfying, relaxing massage.
The main body of the book is a well-written and illustrated set of instructions
covering approximately eighty massage strokes.
The instructions are exceptionally clear and easy to follow.
Important: you'll learn how to hold your friend's body so their limbs
do not flap about as you lift them to move through the strokes.
You can apply the strokes in the exact order they are presented, or mix them differently.
The techniques presented have served me well for the past twenty years.
Massage for Couples
by Gordon Inkeles.
It's difficult to find a hip sensual massage book but this one is great and I highly recommend it
especially with the DVD or Video versions-which we also offer (below).
Remember, slow wins the race!
If you want a complete massage book to suprise your partner with, this is the one.
It will give you and your lover hours of pleasure.
The book is extremely detailed with every massage technique needed to make your partner beg for more.
New Sensual Massage
by Gordon Inkeles.
The New Sensual Massage shows you how to give an exquisitely pleasurable, sensual massage.
Perfect for newcomers to the art as well as for those who have practiced it for years,
the warm text and large numbers of sensual photographs make the book exceptionally clear and easy to follow.
Stunning illustrations, precisely matched to actual massage photos,
show what happens inside the body to muscles, tendons, nerves and circulationas its being massaged.
The complete body massage is broken down step-by-step, chapter-by-chapter
(The Back, The Head, The Feet, )
and is followed by sections on setting up a massage space,
the six essential masterstrokes,
stress control and erotic massage.
by Susan Mumford
Offering your partner the sensual pleasure of a massage brings special feelings of satisfaction.
Do it with skill, passion, and creativity with these intimate, beautiful photos and instructions.
Learn the different strokes (effleurage, petrissage, friction, others), and when and how to use each one.
Vary your touch to make it loving, erotic, or playful.
Give the 20-minute relaxing massage or indulge in a longer,
stimulating one where senses heighten and bodies make full contact.
Mix romance with relaxation or upgrade your seduction skills.
Book Of Massage :
The Complete Stepbystep Guide To Eastern And Western Technique
by Sara Thomas, Carola Beresford Cooke, Anthony Porter, Lucinda Lidell
"Care and sensitivity, a little time and energy, and a good pair of hands-
this all that's needed to begin practising massage..."
The Book of Massage
is the classic guide to the relaxing and healing skills of the hands.
Featuring both Eastern and Western methods,
it presents step-by-step, beautifully illustrated instructions on everything
from traditional massage to shiatsu and reflexology.
The Book of Massage offers easy-to-follow techniques for giving the perfect massage,
including advice on creating the right setting and suggestions for using aromatic oils and lotions.
In the comfort of your own home, you can:
Soothe away stress and tension
Develop your body's unique healing powers
Banish headaches and back pain
Share the language of touch
Experience optimum health and vitality
Erotic Poetry & Writings
by Anais Nin
In Delta of Venus Anais Nin penned a lush, magical world where the characters
of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents.
Among these provocative stories, a Hungarian adventurer seduces wealthy women
then vanishes with their money;
a veiled woman selects strangers from a chic restaurant for private trysts;
and a Parisian hatmaker named Mathilde leaves her husband for the opium dens of Peru.
Delta of Venus is an extraordinarily rich and exotic collection from the master of erotic writing.
and June: From "A Journal of Love"
-The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin (1931-1932)
This bestseller covers a single momentous year during Nins life in Paris,
when she met Henry Miller and his wife, June.
Closer to what many sexually adventuresome women experience than almost anything Ive ever read
....I found it a very erotic book and profoundly liberating (Alice Walker).
Fire: From "A Journal
The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin (1934-1937)
by Anais Nin
These unexpurgated volumes are of particular interest to readers of the original published versions
because they fill in so many puzzling omissions, but they are also remarkable for their audacity and prolificity.
Just one page of Nin's extraordinary diaries contains more sex, melodrama, fantasies, confessions, and observations
than most novels, and reflects much about the human psyche we strive to repress.
Ovid's reputation is that of a sexual rebel in a free wheeling society.
Not so on both counts.
Ovid used sex and mythology to constantly ridicule Rome's conservative first emperor and his society.
But, the literature itself could never convey that to this 20th Century man.
Without a better backgound in ancient literature all I could get were some of the sexual references and little else.
That's where Peter Green's notes come in.
Green parses every important sentence to explain both the translation from Latin and the nuance Ovid was creating.
If you don't already have a good appreciation of life in first century Rome, Ovid's writings and Green's notes will explain a lot.
An Anthology of Poems of Sensuality, Love and Longing.
by Sam Hamill (Editor).
"Hamill, poet and translator, has created a ravishing anthology of poetry
celebrating the spiritual aspect of eros, the longing not only to merge one's body with another, but to join souls.
This sacred eroticism, expressed in such poems as the "Song of Songs,"
has been experienced through the ages and around the world as a path to a perfect love, to God no less.
Hamill has chosen poems from various cultures expressing this soulful passion,
but he hasn't neglected the wry side of eros,
that is, the often disappointing conflict between idealized desire and the complex realities of corporal love.
Hamill begins with Sappho and other early Greeks and moves on to the ever-teasing Catullus and, of course, Ovid.
His selections of love poems by T'ang dynasty Chinese poets and Japanese poets are either gentle or piquant,
balancing the rarefied view of Buddhists with the practiced physicality of the Taoists.
Sufi love poems stand in interesting contrast to such teasing British bards as Robert Herrick and Andrew Marvell,
who in turn, seem quite facile in comparison to such earthy romantics as Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda.
Other poets include Charles Baudelaire, Anna Akhmatova, Denise Levertov,
Robert Creeley, Lucille Clifton, and Adrienne Rich." (Amazon Review)
The History of a Great Terror
by Jean Stengers, Anne Van Neck, Kathryn Hoffmann
"The victims of genital ardor," that is, people who masturbate,
are subject to tuberculosis, consumption, loss of sight and hearing, lesions of the heart,
melancholia, hysteria, death and numerous other dangers, according to texts from various ages.
In Masturbation: The History of a Great Terror (trans. by Kathryn Hoffman),
Jean Stengers and the late Anne Van Neck, Belgian scholars,
attribute Western society's long-standing antimasturbatory fervor to "certain ideas... launched by several men" not,
like many cultural phenomena, to broad social tendencies.
The earliest opponent was the anonymous English author of a widely distributed pamphlet;
the Swiss Dr. Samuel-August Tissot was the next loud voice.
The authors follow a string of successors in this rigorous, well-turned and enlightening study.
Clitoral Truth :
The Secret World at Your Fingertips
by Rebecca Chalker
This highly informative tour of the clitoris is written with the clarity, exuberance, and accessibility of a sexuality workshop.
Growing out of the author's work as a member of the Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers,
the study begins by debunking myths and inaccuracies and replacing them with anatomically precise detail.
Containing personal accounts, comprehensive illustrations, and a thorough appendix of female sexuality resources,
the book will help women and their partners understand and expand their sexual interests and potential for pleasure.
Sex: A History of Masturbation
by Thomas Walter Laqueur.
Those who want warnings on the evils of the practice can still find many religious leaders who will oblige them.
Laqueur closes this comprehensive study, which is academic but entertaining,
with the incident of Joycelyn Elders, who was surgeon general until 1995,
when she answered a reporter's question saying that sex education should include teaching about masturbation.
In the minds of some moral persons, this seemed equivalent to teaching techniques of masturbation.
She had not previously pleased them with her outspoken views on AIDS or pre-marital sex,
but she used the M word, causing a rift with that moral beacon,
President Clinton, who said that her view of the benefits of masturbation
reflected "differences with administration policy.
" While it amused many that there was an administration policy on masturbation,
Elders was out, and the two century legacy of quack John Marten continued.
An important work on self-loving and removing the taboos,
fears and cultural repressed ideologies surrounding masturbation.
Finally, a book revealing the truth.
The Erotic Gourmet
Best of Lord Krishna's Cuisine:
172 Recipes from the Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking.
by Yamuna Devi
'A Hippie Classic'
Finally back in print--the definitive volume on Indian vegetarian cooking.
Created by a noted author and lecturer, Lord Krishna's Cuisine features more than 500 recipes,
filled with fresh produce and herbs, delicate spices, hot curries, and homemade dairy products.
All recipes are based on readily available ingredients and have been scrupulously adapted for American kitchens.
The recipes are enlivened by the author's anecdotes and personal reminiscences of her years in India,
including stories of gathering recipes from royal families and temple cooks,
which had been jealously guarded for centuries.
by Diane Brown.
"The Seduction Cookbook" is probably one of the most exciting cookbooks you will ever buy.
Not only does it contain many secrets of seduction, the recipes are exotic and divinely delicious.
Your lover will think you are a cooking god or goddess who has arrived to give them a tantalizing gourmet feast.
They will worship you later in appreciation.
Diane Brown has been practicing the art of seduction cooking for years.
Her recipes have also been featured in "Bon Appetit," "Gourmet," and "Sunset" magazine.
Her introductions to all the chapters contain some of the sultriest sentences you will ever read.
An Aphrodisiac Cookbook
by Martha Hopkins, Randall Lockridge
The book is divided into 17 sections,
each one devoted to a particular food with aphrodisiac qualities,
from chocolate and chilies to black beans and oysters.
Following these are recipes for massage oils, seasonal dishes,
and meals to appeal to every astrological sign and every stage of a relationship,
from first date to golden anniversary.
There's even a list of resources on subjects ranging from further reading on aphrodisiacs.
Just reading Intercourses is a sensual experience--imagine what eating from it will be!
Recipes for Romance, Love and Lust
by Ellen Albertson,
Food as Foreplay: Recipes for Romance, Love and Lust contains over 100 quick, easy,
fun recipes and dozens of tips that will get you out of the kitchen and into the bedroom.
The authors are happily married authors practicing what they preach.
Food as Foreplay covers every aspect of a romantic meal,
from appetizers to dessert, and proper kitchen etiquette (cleaning up means showering together).
You'll learn why cooking is like making love, how to stock your passion-filled pantry
and what to serve at 2:00am when your bedmate says "Please feed me".
Discover what to cook for the vegetarian you love or lust after.
Learn how to turn your home into a romantic garden of sensual delights
and crete a culinary fantasy that will capture your loved one - body, heart and soul.
130 Recipes for Romance
by Rudolf Sodamin, Herb Schmitz, Rudolf Sodamin
In Seduction and Spice, Rudi Sodamin will intoxicate you with delectable aphrodisiacs
that will have you scurrying from the kitchen to the bedroom...do,
rejoice and indulge in the world of Aphrodite and gastronomy.
"Seduction and Spice reminds us that when it comes to sexuality,
taste is just as important as our other senses.
Rudi Sodamin's aphrodisiac recipes will take you to sensual new heights!"
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