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Beautiful Body, Beautiful Mind
The Power of Positive Imagery:
Over 80 Exercises and a 10-Day Beauty Program

Eric Franklin

Mind-Body expert Eric Franklin emphasizes lifestyle and positive mental attitude rather than surgery, creams or pills, in this guide to staying young through mental stimulation, self-talk, setting of goals, motivation, and relaxation. He takes you on a journey through the body from the face, to joints, bones, muscles, organs, glands, and the nervous system, with specific exercises for rejuvenating each part. The concluding 10-Day Beauty Program provides a selection of different mental and physical techniques designed to produce results that can be seen and felt in only 10 days. Illustrated with 84 drawings and 12 photos.

168 pages paperbound
ISBN 9780871273093

ELY00613 $19.95


High Performance Beauty
Makeup & Skin Care for Dance, Cheer,
Show Choir, Pageants & Ice Skating

Christine Dion

“An invaluable resource, beauty guide, and instructional book
that educates and empowers performance artists!”
–Linda Bernabei-Retter, President, Stagewear L.A. Costume Collection


“The perfect book for every performer, mom, studio owner
and applier of makeup of every age! Easy to read in a
logical format that presents must-have knowledge.”
–Doug Shaffer, President, Music Works

“Certainly a must have for all performers!
You do not need to search any further than this wonderful book.”
–Joe Tremaine, President, Joe Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions

Starting with the essentials of basic skin care and maintenance, this comprehensive guide details tips and techniques for handling the unique makeup needs of performance athletes such as dancers, cheerleaders, gymnasts, and skaters. Following a discussion of the different skin types, daily routines and various products–including herbal remedies–the guide lays the groundwork for the creation of a flawless, long-lasting, face. In addition to detailing the fundamentals of makeup application, the book explains how to make allowances for extreme and varied conditions of performance spaces and demonstrates how to camouflage individual flaws. A section on character faces includes directions for creating a Spanish flamenco, a cabaret star, a ballerina angel, and a cat.

About the Author:
Christine Dion has more than 25 years of experience as a makeup artist and is the owner of Mode Dion, a cosmetics and makeup training company that specializes in providing cosmetics and education to performing artists. As an educator and trainer she has collaborated with companies such as Chanel, Estée Lauder Corporation, and Gucci. She is the producer of the film The Competition Face: The Winning Look and has written for American Cheerleader, Dance Spirit, and Dance Teacher. She lives in Palm Desert, California.

128 pages, paperbound
7-1/2" x 9-3/4"
146 full color photographs
ISBN-13 978-0-87127-303-1
ELY01554 $24.95


Inner Focus
Outer Strength

Using Imagery and Exercise for Strength, Health, and Beauty

Eric Franklin

The mental technique of imagery—demonstrated, for example, when a dancer pictures a sunflower reaching toward the sun as he/ she stretches upwardis thoroughly explained in this guide to daily stress-relieving routines. Movement, coordination, flexibility, and posture are all external characteristics that can be improved significantly with a strong inner focus.

Good mental health through imagery can benefit circulation, breathing and even individual body cells. Practical advice—how to choose and use an assortment of personal mental images, how to use tricks such as “mental recycling,” and how to set up an imagined “portable fitness studio”—can be used stress-inducing dead time waiting in line, climbing stairs, sitting in an airplane seat, talking on the telephone, or running the vacuum cleaner.

128 pages, paperbound,
7-1/2" x 9-1/4"
ISBN-13 978-0-87127-288-1
ELY00820 $19.95


Paris Discovered
Explorations in the City of Light

Mary McAuliffe

Paris Discovered is a collection of 50 probing chapters intended for armchair travelers and visitors to the City of Light. Digging deep into Paris’ memories, the author has discovered patterns of the past that have left tangible imprints on the city today. McAuliffe explores Paris through space and time, from the top of Notre Dame to the medieval aqueducts that still lie beneath its streets; from the Impressionists’ Path to the barricades of Les Miserables; from Abélard and Héloïse to Napoleon; from the antiques of Village Saint-Paul to the new hot spot for shopping, Viaduc des Arts. She unearths the Paris that charmed Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in the eighteenth century - and George Gershwin and Ernest Hemingway in the twentieth century. In her explorations, McAuliffe discovers a hidden river, the Bièvre, and follows its course. You feel that you are on an adventure with the author as she investigates the city and discovers surprises such as a twelfth century chapel disguised as a private house! Or a mysterious small round building with a distinctive cupola that turns out to be part of an ancient waterworks! Full of off-the-beaten path excursions and little known historical facts about prominent locations, Paris Discovered intrigues and englightens.


ISBN-13 978-0-87127-287-4
Cloth bound, 288 pages 6" x 9"
ELY01551 $21.95


MANHATTAN MEDICS
The gripping story of the men and women
of Emergency Medical Service who make
the streets of the city their career

by Francis Rella, NREMT-P

On the morning of September 11, 2001, while firefighters climbed the steps of the World Trade Center, New York City Paramedics were on the street below treating the wounded. When the Twin Towers finally collapsed it was the job of these "street doctors" to keep the injured alive. This first-hand account of the 11th of September also depicts the day-to-day lives of medics in America's largest city.

This is the only first-hand account of the September 11, 2001 attacks and aftermath written by a paramedic. Starting just before the attack on the World Trade Center, the book follows Rella's paramedic crew from their station at St. Vincent's Hospital in lower Manhattan and depicts the day-to-day lives of medics in America's largest city. The book contains real-life dialogue and speaks with a realism that comes only from personal experience.

Epilogue, Afterword, Appendix, Glossary

"Frank Rella -paramedic. One of our heroes."
- Dan Rather CBS News

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Francis Rella NREMT-P was a US Marine during the 1970s and volunteered for service in the Navy Reserve during Operation Desert Shield, serving as a hospital corpsman in the Gulf War. He is a nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic and holds New York City and New York State certification. Among other certifications are the OSHA certification in Hazardous Materials Operations Training-he is a Hazmat Team Leader, and is completing a degree in nursing at the University of the State of New York. Frank Rella holds a M.S. in music and has taught at both the high school and college levels. In addition, he is a stage actor with twenty years of professional experience.

224 pages, 6" x 9". paperbound and hardcover, Epilogue, Afterword, Appendix, Glossary
ISBN 0-87127-260-1 paperbound $19.95
ISBN 0-87127-258-X hardcover $22.95


PELVIC POWER
Mind/Body Exercises for Strength,
Flexibility, Posture, and Balance
for Men and Women
by Eric Franklin

Pelvic Power combines scientific principles with movement and imagery exercises that are both effective and fun to perform, clearing the path to a stronger foundation for our body. The exercises train the muscles and joints and also improve the tone of the organs, increasing energy flow.

The only full-length book of exercises and mind-body techniques directed to the general public on the newly-recognized importance of the pelvic floor, affecting posture (which affects every other body part), vitality, sexual function, and preventing incontinence.
The pelvic floor acts as a support for the inner organs and contains a passage for the urethra, the sex organs, and for a baby during birth. It plays an important role in almost all movements, in balance and in good body posture. Many back, knee, and foot problems can be cured through conscious training of the pelvic floor- a well-trained pelvic floor has an essential effect on our well-being and vitality. Because the female pelvic floor is more flexible and the male floor tends to be less so, this training program has the goals of increased flexibility for men and the building up of strength for women.
Franklin writes of this important new area of study and exercise in his usual vivid, amusing and highly effective way.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Eric Franklin earned a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BS from the University of Zurich. He is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, has taught at the Institute for Psychomotor Therapy in Zurich, and has been guest lecturer at the University of Vienna. He is head of the Franklin Method Institute in Uster, Switzerland, and travels worldwide conducting workshops.
Franklin is author of Relax Your Neck, Liberate Your Shoulders (see below), the best-selling Breakdance, as well as Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance and Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery.

December, 2003
127 pages, paperbound, 7 1/2" x 91/4", 12 photographs, 81 illustrations
ISBN 0-87127-259-8
$19.95


RELAX YOUR NECK LIBERATE YOUR SHOULDERS
The Ultimate Exercise Program For Tension Relief

by Eric Franklin

So many of us suffer from pain and stiffness resulting from neck and shoulder tension. Eric Franklin, a dancer, choreographer and teacher who has long practiced and taught imagery to his dance students, now brings this remarkable method to pain relief.

The first part of the book presents a series of foolproof methods to eliminate shoulder tension. Learn how to detect and eradicate early signs of tension. Understand the connection between emotional states and tension. Survive stressful situations calmly and without tensing a muscle. Discover the source of pain and eliminate it forever.

Part two explains the anatomy of the shoulder girdle in an entertaining and lively way. The most important joints and muscles of the shoulder and neck are addressed individually and exercises show how to increase awareness of their correct functioning. This allows the reader to improve posture, create a healthy body image and use visualization more effectively. Improving the alignment of the head, neck and shoulders will ease the strain on muscles and promote an aura of confidence and health.

Part three contains exercises done with a partner using imagery and touch-as well as those you can do at the workplace to feel creative and limber through the day. Exercises using Thera-Bands® and balls will enable readers to adjust training needs to their schedules.

151 pages, paperbound, 15 photographs and 53 drawings, ISBN 0-87127-248-2, $19.95


LOVE IN PROVENCE
Romantic Adventures in the South of France

by Yvone Lenard
Yvone Lenard invites you to join her in discovering how the game of love is played in Provence, where flirting can be enjoyed in a hundred exciting and delicious ways.

Demonstrating the courage of General Patton, and the patience of a saint, Yvone Lenard signed
on as director of studies for fifty American students in Aix-en-Provence. Her madcap adventures
among a cast of local characters, French Legionnaires, a hermit -not to mention guiding her lively
students through their studies and love affairs -make for a witty, frothy melange of a book. 
Recipes for seduction, mending broken hearts, places for romance, and local restaurant 
information are also provided.                                 -Norman Bogner, author of To Die in Provence

Adventure begins when Lenard accompanies 50 American college students for a year's study in Aix-en Provence where most hope to find romance. Yvone becomes a gatherer of love stories and finds that passion can strike not just her young charges, but anyone, at any age, and in many circumstances, as she acquaints herself with local people and lore. This is the land of daring Legionnaires, the romantic Renaissance poet Petrarch and his ladylove Laure, and the philandering artist Picasso-and Yvone has tales about all of them. With new friend, Bill Hope, she explores ancient villages and ruins, dines at sunset on the terrace of an elegant restaurant, and promptly falls in love with Provence.
Lighthearted, fun and sexy, the ten stories in this collection provide the romantic-at-heart with a glimpse into culture where love is always in season. Each story is followed by advice on where to go to experience romance, and a menu for a dinner for two with simple recipes to recreate the sensual flavors of Provence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : Yvone Lenard left her native France as a young adult to make her life in California, where she obtained her Master's in French and Classics at UCLA. She became the Head of Language Division, French Department, UCLA, then Chairman of the Foreign Language Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her highly successful textbooks on French language and culture have been recognized by the French government by awarding her the rank of Officer in The National Order of Academic Palms, the rank of Knight in The Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, and the medal, Mérite et Dévouement Française. The City of Paris has awarded its own medal, L'Ordre de la Courtoisie Française. As Resident Director for a year of the International Program of the University of California at Aix-en-Provence, she fell in love with the region and purchased the house which is the subject of this book.
Her semi-autobiographical romance novel, Chantal (Published by Delacorte in 1989), is about the life of a young woman in France and in America. Yvone Lenard divides her time between her homes in Los Angeles and Provence.
320 pages, hardcover, ISBN 0-87127-240-7, $22.00


THE MAGIC OF PROVENCE:
Pleasures of Southern France

By Yvone Lenard
Yvone Lenard's look at her beloved Provence is light-hearted, fun, loving, and sensuous- celebrating its relaxed lifestyle and the abundant pleasures of its kitchens and vineyards.

THE MAGIC OF PROVENCE is a wonderful book. A delightful mixture of living, eating, drinking and 
socializing in one of the world's most unique regions. Lively, witty and often touching reading. 
Bravo Yvone Lenard!
 - Dominique Lapierre, Author of Is Paris Burning?

Her purchase of an ancient ruin of a house in a hilltop village twenty-five years ago opened up an enchanted world, which she describes with verve, wit, and sympathy and, as a native speaker of French, with unusual depth of understanding. Provence casts its spell from the very first morning in her charmingly restored residence when a prince bearing a jug of village-produced vin rosé shows up in her kitchen. The visit provides an entrée into the household of the local chateau where both she and her husband encounter flirtatious advances along with déjeuner. The duchess who heads the family eventually becomes a close confidante when they share a memorable evening during a bitter cold snap, drinking tea laced with rum and making soup over the embers in Lenard's fireplace.

Lenard and her husband have adventures at being chicken rustlers, dispatching graveyard ghosts, and traveling to Saint-Tropez where, "breasts are everywhere." Terry, a friend from Connecticut, locates another village ruin with the help of a spirit at a séance in Lenard's basement, restores it to perfection, and establishes a profitable bed-and-breakfast and guided tour business for antique hunters. Lilian, an unhappy Los Angeles widow to whom Lenard lends her house for a desultory visit, finds a vibrant new life in the village. Others drawn to the region whose stories are told include Vincent van Gogh, Brigitte Bardot, and Princess Caroline of Monaco.
The "magic" extends to recipes for food and drinks, along with hints for entertaining in the Provençal style, temptingly placed at the ends of chapters. Like Alice you might eat a little of this and drink a little of that and be transported to the wonderland that is the South of France.
324 pages, hardcover, ISBN 0-87127-212-1, $22.00

Visit the website www.magicofprovence.com to see pictures of Yvone's house in the south of France.

OTHER LINKS TO INFORMATION ABOUT PROVENCE:
En Provence (Engish and French on line magazine)
Maps of the wine regions

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