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Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body: Chi Gung for Lifelong Health

by Bruce Frantzis (Author)


Editorial Reviews

Review
“This extraordinary book, written by one of the West’s greatest living masters,
offers nothing less than a course in the miracle of our own energy field. Bruce
Frantzis has translated ancient Taoist practices into a modern program that
manages to be both highly accessible and transformational, affording us all the
opportunity to experience the wonder of the Tao firsthand.” —Lynne McTaggart,
author of The Field and What Doctors Don’t Tell You

“A must for those who are new to chi gung, those who are already practitioners,
and anyone interested in complementary medicine or self-help.” —Angela Hicks,
Co-founder of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, England, and
author of The Acupuncture Handbook

“This remarkable book has become a classic. Mr. Frantzis’ biography alone is
worth the price of admission.” —Stephen E. Langer M.D., Berkeley, California,
President of the American Nutritional Medical Association and author of Solved:
The Riddle of Illness

Product Description
Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body explains the practice of chi gung
(qigong), the 3000-year-old self-healing exercise system from China. Originally
published in 1993, this book has become a classic that has inspired tens of
thousands of Westerners to learn to activate their chi—life-force energy—to
improve their health, reduce stress and reverse the effects of aging. This fully
revised edition has more than 100 pages of new material, including Longevity
Breathing methods; how cross-training in chi gung can enhance other exercises
such as yoga, golf and weight training; and nei gung techniques for advanced
practitioners.

Chi gung exercises utilize a system of energy channels in the body that are
similar to an electrical circuit. Frantzis’ thorough knowledge of energy arts
and the Chinese language allow him to peel away the secrecy and metaphors. He
presents this 300-page edition in easy to understand terms to suit beginners,
with enough meaty detail and depth for the advanced martial artist, healer or
meditator.

Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body includes a comprehensive guide to chi gung
theory and a systematic lesson plan with more than 100 illustrations. These
low-impact exercises are suitable for almost any age or fitness level. They
provide the foundation for learning any other chi practice, such as tai chi,
martial arts, meditation or TAO Yoga. Frantzis explains not only how these inner
aerobics are done, but why. Going beyond mere body movement, he teaches from the
inside out, linking the biomechanics and anatomy of the physical body with the
subtleties of chi. This book provides practical methods to help people become
balanced, relaxed and joyful.

Frantzis trained for more than a decade in China, became a Taoist Lineage
Master—quite a rare occurrence—and came back to the West to teach. “My hope is
that chi gung and tai chi can become mainstream exercises in the West,” says
Frantzis. “We have a major health crisis looming; practicing chi gung or tai chi
is one of the most effective ways people can reclaim control of their health and well-being.”


Product Details

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Blue Snake Books; 2 Rev Upd edition (December 23, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1583941460

 

 

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