IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)
"It may seem obtuse, but dance is probably one of the oldest forms of somatic therapy…Young or old, male or female, everyone dances….[and]dance, specially couple dance, has some particularly interesting attributes:
"It maintains mental acuity and memory.
"It promotes awareness of internal rhythm.
"It encourages good posture and deep breathing.
"It includes human-to-human touch.
"It supports social connectivity.
"It provides a creative outlet.
"It creates a pathway for the expression of joy.
"…it [is]…in addition…language-free."
What is somatic therapy? Is it about somatic therapy (psychological "talk therapy" that surrounds somatic stimulation) or somatic therapy (the somatic stimulation itself)? Do the different forms of somatic experience, e.g. dance, massage, acupuncture, acupressure and biofeedback have anything in common other than afterwards talking about the experience? The author, a competitive DanceSport athlete and registered Hawaii massage therapist documents her journey in search of somatic therapy and the surprises that revealed themselves along the way.
IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (2017)by Setsuko Tsuchiya218 pp. - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade BookISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-3-7Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $22.95
Available directly from the Savant Books and Publications Publisher's Store at 10% off the Suggested Retail Price with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu and fine online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.
Setsuko Tsuchiya Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) Press Release at https://www.prlog.org/12625245
A WHALE'S TALE by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #2 (Family Rated)
“Chapter 2 - The Big Top
I think being born must be quite different for whales than people. You see, when we whales are born, we simply leave the small sea inside our mother for a bigger one on the outside. We don't cry, because, for us, it’s a change we eagerly look forward to, just as you might look forward to going for a walk in a new park, or shopping at a new toy store. On the other hand, there is one really big challenge for us; that’s when we move from the small sea inside our mother to the bigger sea surrounding her. Just like you, from the moment we are born we must breathe air, and, unlike most other sea animals who get their air right from the water, we whales, like you, cannot. For us, you see, breathing is not so easy.
The hero of my story, a newborn whale, saw the water outside of his mother for the first time one early day in the human month of December. He was excited, and as you might imagine, a little frightened. This whale, like all newborn whales, held his breath, one, two, three, four... eight, nine, ten minutes, while his mother swam supportively beside him, singing, and encouraging him to take his first breath, slowly nudging him up towards the very top of the sea.
No, dear reader, our first breath isn't easy…”
What are the book reviewer’s saying?
5 of 5 stars - “immersive...magically mesmerizing” - R. Sharpquill
5 of 5 stars - “Amazing...unique” - W. Peever (author of THE JUMPER CHRONICLES)
5 of 5 stars - “Fascinating” - W. Maltese (author of DARE TO LOVE IN OZ)
5 of 5 stars - “Mythic...archetypal” - O. Stucco (author of MY UNBORN CHILD)
HOLLYWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD
I wrote this book out of love for the gentle creatures that return every year from Alaska to Hawaii. In the warm tropical waters, they have their babies and train them for the rigors of Alaska, presenting wonderful displays for patient whale-watchers - what we call in Hawaii “local TV.” A WHALE’S TALE (Savant 2009) is the result of five years of whale observation. As I write this, the whales are jumping not far from me, showing backs, tails, flukes and otherwise learning the life skills they will use when they return to their feeding grounds in the cold arctic.
A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009)92 pp. 8.25" x 5" Softcover20 B&W "Color-Me-Please" IllustrationsISBN 978-1442-105065Suggested Retail Price $12.95
Daniel S. JanikMulti-award-winning author of A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) Available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1442105062
QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor- Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt contains Graphic Content):
"Mr. Hempsted. It's Agent Falk," he said working his way through the door and cautiously around to the front of the chair. "I visited you earlier, and was wondering if we might…"
Aaron Hempsted was sitting, head erect, rheumy bloodshot eyes fixed open, staring at Falk, his mouth limply agape, his unshaven face even whiter than before. A bloodless hand gripped each of the threadbare chair arms, making it appear as if he were pushing himself back into the seat. A small rivulet of dark, coagulated blood had worked its way alongside his nose and down one cheek from a small, round entry hole in the middle of his forehead. The man's shocked expression was accentuated by a halo of dark red blood splattered behind the man's resting head onto a white embroidered doily draped over the back of the easy chair.
Falk squatted, raising his weapon and holding it with both hands as he swept the room…
-----Multi-award winning author A. G. Hayes studied television writing at UCLA and has published short fiction, "Cover up" - "Not a Penny Pincher” - "Home" - "Payment in Full" - "Small Wonder" - Fate Magazine-"Guided Through a Mine Field" and other scripts to CBS TV and other television productions. He lives in Northern California, and spends his time writing and traveling to nearly every part of the world. He has used personal experiences gained during service with the British intelligence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to enrich the characters of his protagonist teams. "Quantum Death is a deeply human story beyond up-to-date that pushes the edge of the envelope," says Hayes. "Despite being parted, their relationship never stops developing and the story never loses the quintessential Koski and Falk."
Raymond Gaynor is the pen-name of a multi-award-winning, reclusive writer-artist-photographer-videographer, who, in his own words, "lives and breathes" San Francisco. He is co-author with William Maltese on the Tripler and Clarke gay political thriller, TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) and is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works published under a number of pseudonyms. "When co-authoring a work, it's always first in my mind to preserve the first author's style and voice, which I believe readers will find well accomplished," says Gaynor. "A close second is to add significantly to the work, which was incredibly easy and fun when working with A. G. Hayes. I think this is reflected in the adventure's compelling yet clean, easy read. Love Koski and Falk. Who couldn't?
QUANTUM DEATH (2016)by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket BookISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0Suggested Retail Price $16.95
AMSTERDAM BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDWHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT QUANTUM DEATH:
4/5 Stars: "Quantum Death left me on the edge of my seat beginning to end" - Karen (Amazon Review)
4/5 Stars: "for those who like intrigue, action, and mystery, yet are really more interested in the why did the event happen or what are the mechanics behind it" - Pandora (Amazon Review)
3/5 Stars: "provide a very unique premise in a genre that, these days, is hard-pressed to come up with anything original" - William Maltese (Amazon Review)
Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at
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Raymond GaynorAward-winning co-author of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. HayesAuthor website at http://garymartine.yolasite.com/raymondgaynor.php
IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)
"[Ancient Greece's] most important contribution, I think, is the introduction of the idea of rhythm as a method of healing….
"Of the "rhythms," one that constantly appears central to both dancing massage is breathing. The ancient Greeks held that the psyche—that which animates the body—is in fact the breath."
Originally from Japan, Setsuko Tsuchiya traveled to the USA and earned a BA in Liberal Arts in Dance from Thomas Edison University while studying medical massage therapy at Hawaii College of Health Sciences. After becoming a licensed medical massage therapist, she began wondering if there might be a truly fundamental commonality among the burgeoning number of somatic therapies, one independent of language and applicable to most cultures.
"My search for somatic therapy began with competitive DanceSport, and took me back in time to the ancient Greeks," said Tsuchiya. "There I learned about eurythmy and followed it through to the present, in the process exploring every form of 'body' therapy I could locate. The result was a set of fundamental movements that provide a new, working definition of somatic therapy."
Also available from Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247231), Savant Bookstore Honolulu (http://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com), and both fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.
This work is distributed by Savant Distribution (http://www.savantdistribution.com) but is also available at a lesser discount from major distributors including Ingram.
Setsuko Tsuchiya MAT FAAIM Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) Author website at http://setsukotsuchiya.com
QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):
As the plane began to descend from cruising altitude on approach to Honolulu, its sole occupant listened, aghast at what was being reported by the Russian military scientists through the Russian interpreter. There would be a flurry of Russian, only a little of which she could understand, then a crusty pause followed by the slow, almost mechanical voice of the military linguistic interpreter.
"Maybe ten years ago…yes, ten years…the Russian military…tasked a secret…'think tank' I think you would call it…to theorize a weapon that could…destroy a nation's infrastructure…without harming it's basic resources, including its people. Over."
"A 'weapon'? Over." she asked of the disembodied voice on the other end of the crackling but secure line.
"I'm sorry. Exact translation is difficult. Perhaps 'a solution' or 'an approach'…the idea was to theorize a weapon or solution or approach…that could take the place of nuclear weapons. Mutually Assured Destruction—MAD—was never a solution acceptable to our military leaders. Over."
"And they came up with…?" she probed.
"They came up with…the kvantovaya mashina smerti…the 'Quantum Death Machine'…which our researchers here believe is…being deployed against the United States of America."
About this Book:
It was an honor and privilege to be asked to join with A. G. Hayes in the continued creation of protagonist Koski and Falk's world of international intrigue. In this fifth in the Koski and Falk series, the two face both a political and technological conundrum of global proportion, which threatens the very foundations of democracy, free trade and capitalism. In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), Koski and Falk must pursue separate assignments to find the kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, the pursuit of which seems destined to end in certain death, all while holding desperately onto to their budding feelings for each other.
In the process, meet Thomas Steward, their handler and ostensible leader of the ultra- secret Cerebrus organization, as he returns to the field in a last swan song. And Kate Keenan, an old flame of Falk's, willing to fight Koski for his love and affection. And Alexei Korov, the affable captain of the Russian Yassin-class fast-attack submarine Severodvinsk, who finds himself center-stage in what might very well be the next and final nuclear war, as well as a host of other larger-as-life characters from what ultimately proves to be Koski and Falk's past, present and future.
About the Authors:
A. G. Hayes: I was searching for a Koski and Falk adventure in-between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and FINDING KATE (Savant, 2016), while blue-sky chatting with Raymond Gaynor, author of the Tripler and Clark series politico-techno-thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013), suddenly, in a synchronous "ah-ha" moment, we came up with the plot for QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016).
The work emerged in its entirety over the next couple months, with Koski and Falk naturally assuming positions as key protagonists, and my new protagonist, Kate Keenan of FINDING KATE fame in an unusual half-antagonist/half-protagonist role. In QUANTUM DEATH the duo becomes a trio, at the least in the sense of a tense romantic triangle and at the worst a doomed ménage à trois, the outcome of which will ultimately determine the course of Koski and Falk's growing relationship.
The work surrounds the existence of the enigmatic and elusive kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, an imaginary device based on research Raymond and I did surrounding M-Superstring Theory and Quantum Science.
QUANTUM DEATH is a perfect segue into FINDING KATE, which is actually a prequel to QUANTUM DEATH. Love those relationships, don't you?
It's difficult to point a finger at whose idea both the plot and romance twists were in QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). It seemed like they came about simultaneously and serendipitously for both A. G. Hayes and myself during a series of phone chats about a new Koski and Falk adventure between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and FINDING KATE (Savant, 2016). I had the pleasure of experiencing something like this when William Maltese and I came up with TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013). With William Maltese, it was a directed synergy; with A. G. it was as if the characters spoke to us and told us each what to write. Spiritual, some might call it.
One of the advantages of being a published author is meeting others, especially those destined for greatness like A. G. Hayes and William Maltese. Writing with them is a thrill I'll never forget. It's one of those life-defining moments. Since QUANTUM DEATH, A. G. and I have continued our lively phone chats. Who knows what other adventures may pop up? In the end, I can only say that it is the authoring journey that defines one, and, if some suitable stories appear along the way, all the better.
But now it's time to stop talking about QUANTUM DEATH and commend it to you for your reading. I think you'll find within its pages and its twisty plot all the makings of a can't-put-it-down "good read."
QUANTUM DEATH (2016)by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket BookISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0Suggested Retail Price $16.95
Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII from the publisher at
Also available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.
Raymond GaynorCo-Author of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. Hayes https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996325530 TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) by William Maltese https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556
Under the Pseudonym Gary Martine, Award-winning Author of the adult publications: KINGSLEY & I (Pony Press, 2nd edition in production) KINGSLEY & I TOGETHER (Pony Press, second edition in production) KINGSLEY & I RELOADED (Pony Press, 2012) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1470015544
A WHALE’S TALE by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #3 (Family Rated)
“Chapter 11- Going Home
My friend knew that Home was the place from which all whales ruled the Oceans, but neither of us knew where it was. The few salmon that knew a little whale song told him they had no idea where Whale Home was. The same thing happened several weeks later when we swam alongside a rocky coastline past a pod of dolphins, and again when we encountered a dangerous-looking pair of killer whales. Each time my friend disappeared briefly to ask them if they knew anything of our Home. He even visited a group of sea otters playing in the surf in some offshore kelp beds, but although they laughed and said that they had heard of it, they also had no idea where it might be. My boyfriend -- yes, we had become boyfriend and girlfriend by now -- seemed shaken, and stopped asking about Home, at least for a while.
It was a good thing that he stopped trying to talk to all the ocean inhabitants, because the other whales were becoming less tolerant of his constantly leaving the pod and interfering with the Song. We were, after all, supposed to trust and follow the lead Keeper on the journey to find Home. Still, it had been well over a month now, and each of us was secretly wondering what would happen if we didn't find Home...”
This is the second in the "Pacific Rim Naturalist" group of books for children, continuing the unique tradition of "talking up" rather than down to his readers, demonstrating in A WHALE’S TALE the power and beauty of narrative storytelling at its best. The book emphasizes the natural world, cooperation and humanistic ideals rather than conflict or violence. Designed to awaken curiosity, discovery, and new ways of thinking about the world in both children and adults, the book is an excellent way to introduce literacy with its lifelong learning pleasure to the next generation.
An Oklahoma painter known for her vivid, almost photographic renditions of nature, illustrator Ruth Janik, who lived in Alaska and Hawaii, created the 20 line drawings in the book specifically for children to color. What resulted was an international public service project called the “Ocean of Whales” whereby children can download a larger rendition of a picture from the book, color it, and either scan it to send as an email attachment or mail it to Savant Books and Publication. Our goal is to collect 10,000 such pictures and make them available to libraries, offices and organizations interested in promoting ocean and whale awareness.
A WHALE'S TALE is the first in Savant's "Color-Me-Please" children's book series.
A WHALE'S TALEby Daniel S. Janik/Illustrated by Ruth Janik92 pp. 8.25" x 5" SoftcoverColor cover take from two original oil paintings20 B&W "Color-Me-Please" IllustrationsISBN 978-1442-105065Suggested Retail Price $12.95
HOLLYWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD
Available in paperback and Kindle eBook formats
Daniel S. JanikMulti-Award-Winning Author of A WHALE’S TALE (Savant 2009) - HOLLYWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013) - ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD SOURDOUGH SCOTT’S BEDTIME FAIRY STORIES FROM ALASKA (Publication Consultants 2005) - the first book in the “Pacific Rim Naturalist” series
Author website at http://janik.yolasite.com
IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)
"Somatic therapists, beginning with Wihelm Reich, would… include DMT[Dance Movement Therapy] and, massage therapy Rolfing acupressure, acupuncture and Reiki, which have basic, fundamental tools, techniques, approaches and resources. The big question is exactly what they have in common that would further define somatic therapy per se…As such, all…can be expected to have basic, fundamental 'movements' in common that are part of somatic therapy's tools, techniques, approaches and resources that further uniquely define it."
IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) encapsulates the basic fundamental elements underlying dance, eurhymy and the laying on of hands—what I like to call “somatic therapy.” By that, I mean what can happen when humans come into contact with other living things. But it’s more than the somatic experience. It’s about the power to not just heal, but prevent illness and disease in a manner that’s both ancient and new.
It is my hope that readers will come away with a new perspective on the power of touch and the universal body language that it creates. In today’s world of specialization, I think of somatic therapy as a unifying discipline in which everyone can participate, enjoy and receive benefit. Young or old, active or infirm, irrespective of language and culture, bodies share a group of fundamental characteristics, and these ultimately define somatic therapy.
Somatic therapy, as I envision it, is the consequence of Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s earliest investigations into healing the mind by healing the body, rather than attempting, as his mentor and colleague, Dr. Sigmund Freud did, to heal the body by healing the mind.
I hope you will enjoy journeying with me back in time and forward into the future IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY.
About the Author:
As an amateur DanceSport (ballroom/Latin dance) athlete and competitor as well as a medical massage therapist, I often felt a deep but unspoken connection between the two. During my university studies, I had the opportunity to further explore this connection. Thus began my search for somatic therapy.
At first, I thought that what dance and massage had in common was Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), a recognized form of psychological therapy. But being Japanese, I wanted something that was less language dependent and more body-based. I ultimately wanted to share what I discovered not only with English-speaking people, but Japanese speakers as well. It was this unique combination of wants that led me slowly away from DMT towards somatic therapy with the emphasis on the somatic or body rather than traditional psychological talk therapy.
I never thought of myself as an author; however, I found myself writing everything down, and eventually decided to organize and record it all in the form of a master’s thesis. That quickly led to my wanting to share what I’d discovered with a broader audience. I was so pleased when Savant Books and Publications agreed to publish my work.
In the future, I hope to travel, sharing what I’ve learned IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017).
IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)by Setsuko Tsuchiya218 pp. - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade BookISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-3-7Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $22.95
Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.
Setsuko Tsuchiya Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) Press release at https://www.prlog.org/12625245
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