Part One — Practitioner-Applied Bodywork
1. Health, Healing, and the Power of Touch
            Becoming More Embodied
            The Role of Bodywork
            The Results
2. Considerations Before Bodywork
3. The Bodywork Session
            Before a Treatment
            During a Treatment
            After a Treatment
4. The Skilled Practitioner
            Considering Competence
            The Practitioner and the Healing Process
5. The Art of Being a Good Recipient
            Preparing for a Session
            During a Treatment
            Follow-Up Care
6. A World of Applied Bodywork Modalities
                 I. Structural Therapies
                II. Functional Reeducation Therapies
               III. Substance- and Implement-Assisted Therapies
               IV. Aquatic Therapies
                V. Spinal Therapies
               VI. Abdominal Therapies
              VII. Trauma-Centered Therapies
            VIII. Energy-Based Therapies
               IX. Energy Field and Spiritual Therapies
                X. Special Therapies
            Some Final Thoughts About These Modalities
7. Progressive Body-Mind Psychotherapies
Part Two — Self-Directed Healing Practices
8. Breath Is The Way
            Some Basics About Conscious Breathing
            Enhancing Breath Awareness
            Six Types of Breathwork
            Four Phases of the Breath
            A Compilation of Breathwork Therapies and Practices
            A Collection of Specific Breathing Techniques
            Breathe in the Wind
9. Energy Flow Is the Key    
            Awakening Awareness of the Vital Life Force
            The Divine Cosmic Connection
            The Manifestations of Energy
            Energy Fields and Energy Bodies      
            The Human Energy Anatomy—Centers, Pathways, and Points
            Working with Energy
            Bodywork and Energy
            Two Powerful Ancient Practices
            Final Thoughts
10. Making a Shift in Consciousness
            Struggles and Obstacles
            Awakening Through Change
            Making the Shift Through Meditation
            The Practice of Meditation
            Some Forms of Meditation
            Finding Wholeness
11. A World of Transformational Self-Care Healing Practices and Exercises
            Aerobics to Yoga
12. Ripples From My Inner Ocean
            Our Life’s Work        
            Obstacles As Opportunities for Transformation
            Bringing It All Together with the Fabulous Five
            Seeking Happiness
            A Final Blessing
Appendix: Complementary and Alternative Health Care Resources


OUR INNER OCEAN - BOOK REVIEWS (from Amazon and other sources)
All 5.0 out of 5 stars

Just sublime.
By A. Enfancillages June 8, 2017

Just sublime. A wealth of information, linked to a real understanding of the modalities presented all over the world of Integrative Health.
This book is a must for anyone working in that field.
Alban - Ex. Director of

As more and more of us choose to take responsibility ...
By Anthony Ferraraon February 3, 2017

As more and more of us choose to take responsibility for our own health (as opposed to "ask your doctor" for the latest drug), OUR INNER OCEAN arrives with a cornucopia of information to help us on this journey. Different health challenges call for different healing modalities; this well researched work can guide us to a modality, a practitioner, or self care practice. OUR INNER OCEAN provides food for the soul and medicine for the body - a win-win for the person who values his health. This is a resource that will serve me for many years.

A superb book with a great title!

The most complete, well researched, superbly written compilation of bodywork & healing I have ever seen, LeCain Smith brings us this extensive description of healing modalities from around the world. His love of healing hands is obvious as he studies, examines and experiences some of the most obscure as well as likely known healing works from both civilized and primitive worlds. His heart really goes into this piece of extensive work, you can clearly tell. Many of the descriptive modalities sound as if he's experienced them very personally and has benefitted very positively. Having said that, I feel he presents an objective overall view, allowing the reader to makeup his or her own mind as to their personal level of continuing pursuit or interest. I would highly recommend this book for those interested in all healing modalities either as an experienced practitioner or as someone new to the world of alternative methods of healing.
By Hope Havilon on January 28, 2016
A treasure trove of treatments for healing.

The author clearly shows his love for humanity by garnering and briefly explaining more types of treatments then perhaps any other book in print. From around the globe- breathwork, body work, energy healing, aquatic therapies, abdominal therapies, consciousness raising therapies-this book is a remarkable compilation. I can only believe this author spent several thousand hours researching these treatments. As a value added feature the author offers his own insights and wisdom about the use of these modalities, as well as links to learn more about each of these treatments.
Kudos to the loving kindness that inspired this author to offer such a great resource for those seeking ways to deal with their physical, emotional, energetic, spiritual, and psychological troubles. Thank you Mr. Smith!

I highly recommend this book!

I feel blessed that, as a woman in my late 60's I am strong and healthy. This may partially be due to good genes, or simple luck, but I believe that 25 years of acupuncture treatments, my practices of Taiji, Qi Gong and yoga, and some regular massage are the ways I have found to comfort and support my life in this body. I feel blessed to have found them. My curiosity about other alternative healing methods led me to this timely, new book. A lengthy encyclopedia of both practitioner-applied and self-care practices, it is fascinating and useful for any layperson who seeks relief from a variety of physical, mental or spiritual issues, and is weary of the limitations of allopathic medicine. The author, passionate about his subject, even guides the reader how to find and choose a practitioner, prepare for treatment, "be a good recipient" and follow sessions with attentive after-care.
But this isn't only a guide for laypeople---it is a must for any alternative healer's library as a reference and tool. It would be a most useful book in massage and breath work classes. Any student of yoga could benefit from perusing the descriptions of more than 50 kinds of yoga that are detailed here! In addition, the author's unusual sailing background enables him to entertain the reader with occasional sea stories, which sets the work apart from your usual academic reference manual.

 Invaluable reference on healing modalities

LeCain Smith has done a masterful job, spending years and thousands of miles crisscrossing the country to compile this amazing compendium of Healing Modalities, OUR INNER OCEAN. We at ONE LIGHT HEALING TOUCH (, feel honored to have been included in his work. Readers can pour over the range of subjects and learn special healing insights along with rich information on each and every healing topic. It is an invaluable reference work for all those in the alternative healing field.
By Penny & Ron Lavin on Nov 26, 2014.
Yes! This book covers a world of important and helpful information and all under one cover!

 The author of "Our Inner Ocean" has organized detailed information into manageable categories of vast breadth within the world of Holistic Healing. He has provided distinction between countless Practitioner-Applied Bodywork and of Self Directed Healing Practices.
 Additionally, Mr. LeCain Smith has provided perspective on what health and healing really is, the importance of allowing for shifts in consciousness as a means for personal evolution and wellness. He guides us in what to expect within each session, how to prepare for a session, how to get the most within a session and how to care for the self after a session.
 Mr. Smith clearly put many hours into researching all of these modalities. I am grateful to have this book as a resource.
 Well done!
By Gayle M. Perkins on December 2, 2014

So many fun possibilities

In such a time of world chaos, what a refreshing cup of tea this encyclopedic manual of healing offers us ! Personally being acquainted with the author has been an honor, seeing first hand the intense focus and patience required to create such a tome. When I am in need of moving toward positivity in my at my fingertips I find so many fun possibilities of therapeutic modalities to educate myself with. I have been working in the Body/Mind/Energy fields for over 40 years and continue to be amazed at what lies ahead in the healing professions. I highly recommend this book , to lay persons and healers alike. I have the paperback version.
By Jeanne Gaudette on June 12, 2015

A great resource, refreshing and empowering.

Our Inner Ocean is a great resource for people seeking to understand and experience personal healing available through the integration of body, mind and spirit. LeCain Smith shares insights into the history, practice and benefits of daily practice to create change and transformation. It is refreshing to be presented with a broad range of alternative approaches and to be empowered to choose for ourselves what works rather than to have one particular approach promoted. The book reflects the author's intensive personal search, extensive research, and love for humanity. What a commitment! Thank you.
By Richard D. Tryon on June 15, 2015




For those individuals who like to support their local bookstore, want the gratification of instant purchasing, are not likely to order online, and want to save on shipping cost, the book can also be found ON THE SHELF of the following bookstores. (this list is not complete) The book is in the national system so you can ORDER it from any bookstore.

Blue Hill Books - Blue Hill, Maine
Beyond The Sea - Lincolnville, Maine
Gulf of Maine Books - Brunswick, Maine
Soul Being - Portland, Maine
Leapin Lizard Holistic Center - Portland, Maine
Shermans Books - Portland, Maine (plus other branches)
Longfellow Books - Portland, Maine
Lebro Center For Well Being - Kittery, Maine
River Run Books - Portsmouth, NH
Water Street Bookstore - Exeter, NH
Unity Center - Amesbury, MA
Circles of Wisdom - Andover, MA
Seven Stars - Cambridge, MA
Brookline Booksmith - Brookline, MA
Broadside Bookshop - Northampton, MA
Mirabai - Woodstock, New York
Awakenings Metaphysical Shop - Katonah, New York
Heritage Natural Market - Virginia Beach, VA.
Malaprops - Asheville, NC
Flagler College Bookstore - Saint Augustine, FL
Florida School of Massage - Gainsville, FL
Boulder Books - Boulder, Colorado

NOTICE TO BOOKSTORES: Retail outlets that use Ingram can get the book by contacting Channel Book Sales at Balboa Press. You can call 877-407-4847x5302 Our Inner Ocean also has a bookseller return program.

NOTICE TO BOOK REVIEWERS: Review copies of the book can be obtained from the publisher Balboa Press -

EVENTS in 2017 and beyond: (with author LeCain W. Smith in attendance and/or providing a workshop)

• ENERGY HEALING SYMPOSIUM - MAY 26, 27, and 28th (starting Friday eve and continuing through Sunday eve) at Lesley University, 2nd floor, 1815 Mass Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts. This full weekend event has an assortment of energy healers and practitioners with presentations / lectures and demonstrations along with a number of holistic orientated vendors. Author, LeCain Smith will do a presentation about options for holistic healing. Attendance is free, but there is a fee for certain presentations. See more at:

Listen to interview with LeCain Smith. He talks about life changing events, along with sea stories, his six year cruise around the world, and his book on complementary holistic healing, Our Inner Ocean.

• Talk and Book Signing - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1(6 to 8 pm) at SOUL BEING, 682 Congress Street, Portland, ME. For further info call 415-279-0941 or go to Soul Being on facebook.

-------    EVENTS in 2018:

• FREE Showing of Captain Lee's inspirational documentary film - FAR AWAY, which showcases the adventures filmed during his six-year sailing voyage around the world on the good ship, PERELANDRA, his custom-designed forty-four foot ketch. The film highlights the wonderful encounters in the South Pacific. Captain Lee will be on hand for further discussion. Copies of the DVD and his recent book, OUR INNER OCEAN, will be available. Light refreshments included. This two hour film will be shown at the BUTTON FACTORY STAGE, Portsmouth Community Radio Station, 909 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH starting at 7 PM on both THURSDAY, JANUARY 18th AND FRIDAY, JANUARY 19th.

• INTEGRATIVE HEALTH & CHRONIC PAIN SYMPOSIUM - Friday, May 18 (8 AM to 3 PM) At Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine. Includes a panel discussion on alternative modalities, Chinese Medicine perspectives, medical cannabis study presentations, premiere of "HEAL," a film about the healing power of the mind-body connection, holistic vendors, and much more. LeCain Smith will be there with his book - OUR INNER OCEAN. For more info see link to the sponser: CWL on contacts page.

Stay tuned for more announcements concerning related events.