Complementary Alternative Medicine for Chronic Pain Relief & Prevention

“Complementary Alternative Medicine chronicles a personal journey to overcoming chronic back pain as well as serving as a user’s guide to three major holistic therapies. Written in a highly approachable non-technical manner it provides practical advice to devising your own combination of exercises as well as an overview of the science and techniques underlying Yoga, Somatic movement, and Qigong.”                                 

~ Stephanie Jacobs Founder, SEJ Media Solutions, a Silicon Valley consultancy  


“This book maps so much of my own journey through chronic back pain to finding relief. I wish I had found its insights sooner on my road to healing.”                                                             

~ Cath Byrne Ph.D., Thought Leader & Social Psychologist  


“Mary Ellen Hannon's work taps into one of the most revolutionary forms of medicine, the healing energy inside of us.  Mary Ellen's comparative overview of Yoga, Qigong and Somatics allow us to understand that the first and most fundamental form of medicine lies in our daily awareness to our mind-body relation; and that through Yoga, Qigong and Somatic practices we can enhance this awareness to the point of manifesting profound and sustained health in our lives."                                    

~ Antonio Gonzalez-Walker Ph.D., Artist, Educator, Wellness Innovator  


“Complementary Alternative Medicine covers a lot of ground between its covers. Hannon has woven the practices of complementary medicines with her own story into a fully understandable book. She gives us simple practices to help lessen chronic pain and fatigue. Combining uplifting quotes, simple exercises and deep thoughtful study, her book will become one of your “go to” guides to investigate and address residual pain and to prevent additional pains from becoming chronic. From both a personal point of view and grounding the experience in scholarly study Hannon demonstrates how Yoga, Somatics, and Qigong could be the first line of defense in addressing chronic pain and the premature effects of aging.”                                                   

 ~ Kyczy Hawk E-RYT 500 Author of “Yoga and The Twelve Step Path”, “Yogic Tools For Recovery; A Guide For Working the Twelve Steps”  

Author Bio: 

Mary Ellen Hannon is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Somatic Movement Instructor with a BA in Health Sciences. She co-owns Willow Glen Yoga in San Jose, CA and Shakti Nutrition in Santa Cruz, CA. 


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