by Pina Coluccia, Anette Paffrath and Jean Pütz —
Belly dance is pure sensuousness and offers many physical and emotional benefits.
It also has been demonstrated to be extremely useful during pregnancy and childbirth.
On the emotional side, it increases the libido and enables women to overcome self-esteem issues and regain healthy feelings of sensuality and sexuality.
This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of this ancient art, beginning with its origins, mythology and history of the Middle Eastern dance, and including its physical and mental health benefits.
The authors provide practical instructions and easy-to-follow photographs of the most important dance movements, as well as guidance around costuming and related accoutrements.
Additional information on foot reflexology and the chakras aids further understanding of the art.
The book also contains recipes for Middle Eastern perfumes, cosmetic creams, and food, as well as suggestions for musical accompaniment.
$19.95 — Park Street Press, 1 Park St., Rochester, VT 05767.
Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 24, Number 3, June/July 2005.