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Opening Energy Gates Body - Bruce Frantzis

Paperback Published: 10th December 2005
ISBN: 9781583941461
Number Of Pages: 320

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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.”

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"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

Dedicationp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Note to the Readerp. 1
Foreword: Bruce K. Frantzis: The Path of Warrior/Healer/Priest by Stuart Kenterp. 3
Hong Kong: In Search of the Elusive Chi Powerp. 3
Beijing: Grandmaster Liu Hung Chiehp. 5
New York City: The First Training Groundp. 6
Tokyo: The Path through Aikidop. 8
Taiwan: The Astonishing Wang Shu Jinp. 8
India: Meditation as Chi Cultivationp. 11
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Poona, Beijing: From Consummate Fighter to Consummate Healerp. 13
Denver: The Crisis of Self-Healingp. 16
Beijing Again: The Final Lesson with Liup. 17
Introduction to the Revised Editionp. 19
The Growing Acceptance of Chi Gung in the Westp. 19
What the New Edition Containsp. 20
Chi and Chi Gungp. 23
What Is Chi?p. 23
What Is Chi Gung?p. 23
China's 3,000-Year-Old System of Self-Healingp. 24
Chi Gung Gives Mental Clarityp. 24
The Three Spiritual Treasuresp. 25
Clearing Energy Blocksp. 25
A Complete System of Personal Developmentp. 26
Chi Gung Can Be Practiced by People of Any Religionp. 26
Chi Gung Is Not a Cultp. 26
The Mind Directs the Chip. 27
Relationship of Chi Gung to Tai Chip. 27
Many Benefits to Group Practice of Chi Gungp. 27
Chi Gung Teaches the Art of Moderation: The 70% Rulep. 28
These Chi Gung Exercises Are Safe for All Agesp. 28
The West's Medical Crisisp. 29
Health Insurance Does Not Guarantee Good Healthp. 30
Basic Questions Regarding the Health Crisisp. 31
The Chi Gung Solution to China's Medical Crisisp. 31
The Benefits of Chi Gungp. 32
Loosens the Muscles and Builds Powerp. 32
Strengthens the Organsp. 33
Improves Cardio-pulmonary Functionp. 33
Strengthens the Nervesp. 33
Improves Vascular Functionp. 34
Chi Gung Can Be Used by the Seriously Illp. 34
Helps Prevent Injury to Joints, Ligaments and Bonesp. 34
Speeds Recovery Time from Injuries and Operationsp. 35
Builds Athletic and Martial Arts Powerp. 35
Eases Stress and Balances Emotionsp. 36
Benefits Sedentary Workers and Meditatorsp. 36
How Chi Gung Worksp. 39
The Internal Mechanics: Chi Gung and Body Healthp. 39
Blood is Circulated Without Stress on the Heartp. 39
The Lymph Pump and Immune System Are Strengthenedp. 39
Synovial Fluid Is Revitalized, Bringing Flexibility to Jointsp. 40
Cerebrospinal Pump Becomes Efficientp. 40
Muscle Tissue Gains Elasticityp. 40
Tendons Are Strengthenedp. 40
Bone Marrow Is Energizedp. 41
Body Cells Are Healedp. 41
The Process of Awakening Chip. 41
The Body-Awakening Process Is Irregularp. 41
Never Force Open Body Parts That Are Blockedp. 42
Your Chi Is Growing Even If You Cannot Feel Itp. 42
Strange Sensations Are Normalp. 42
Chi Gung Frees Trapped Emotionsp. 42
Taoist, Kundalini and Western Psychotherapyp. 43
Taoist Therapy Emphasizes Dissolving Emotions into the Flow of Chip. 44
Chi Gung Does Not Replace Psychotherapy or Medical Advicep. 45
Cultivate Your Chi Slowly and Safelyp. 45
Chi Gung Theoryp. 47
The Gap Between Chi Gung as It Is Taught in China and the Westp. 47
The Chinese Language Barrierp. 47
The Challenge of Transplanting Chinese Cultural Ideasp. 48
Traditional Chi Gung and Nei Gung: What's the Difference?p. 49
Nei Gung Moves from the Inside Out; Chi Gung Moves from the Outside Inp. 49
Chi Gung Moves Chi with Separate Body Movements; Nei Gung Moves Chi through Multiple Simultaneous Mind-Body Interactionsp. 50
In Chi Gung, the Breath Moves the Chi Indirectly; in Nei Gung, the Mind Moves the Chi Directlyp. 51
Nei Gung and the Energy Bodiesp. 51
Chi Gung and Nei Gung Each Have Unique Strengthsp. 52
The Internal Martial Arts: Tai Chi, Hsing-I and Ba Guap. 52
Tai Chi Is Primarily Practiced for Health in Chinap. 52
Hsing-I and Ba Gua: Fighting Methods That Promote Long Lifep. 53
Three Levels of Chi Gung: Body, Chi and Mindp. 54
Body Synergy Increases Your Reservoir of Chip. 55
Importance of Preserving Your "Life Capital"p. 56
Your Core Reserve of Energy Is Criticalp. 56
Chi Gung's Fundamental Principle: Heaven, Earth, and Manp. 57
The Components of Standingp. 57
The Descending Chi Current: From Heaven to Earthp. 57
The Ascending Chi Current: From Earth to Heavenp. 59
Humans Must Balance These Currentsp. 59
Do Not Skip Steps in Chi Gung Trainingp. 60
Cultivate Your Chi Slowly, with Frequent Repetitionp. 61
Chi Gung and Other Exercisesp. 63
External Exercisep. 63
Internal Exercisep. 64
Alignments: Biomechanicsp. 64
Breathp. 65
Energyp. 66
Spiritualityp. 66
Taoist Chi Gung Is Primarily Internalp. 66
Chi Gung Leads You into Nei Gungp. 66
Chi Gung Improves the Body/Mind Connectionp. 67
Chi Gung Is a Good Internal Warm-up for Other Exercise Systemsp. 68
Cross-Training with Chi Gungp. 68
Consciously Tensing or Relaxing Muscles and Jointsp. 69
Tradeoffs for Yin and Yang Personalitiesp. 69
Stress-Reducing and Stress-Producing Exercisesp. 71
Chi Gung Is Good Cross-Training for Golf and Weight Trainingp. 71
Weight Trainingp. 71
Golfp. 72
Hatha Yoga and Chi Gungp. 73
Chi Gung Can Improve Hatha Yoga Practicep. 73
Taoist Yogap. 75
Breath and Chip. 77
Taoist Breathing/Longevity Breathing: What's the Difference?p. 77
Breathing with Your Bellyp. 78
What Longevity Breathing Accomplishesp. 79
Increases Oxygen Levelsp. 79
Gets Rid of Carbon Dioxidep. 79
Helps You Relaxp. 80
Improves the Functioning of the Internal Organsp. 80
Longevity Breathing Practices Are Fundamental to Taoist Meditationp. 81
Taoist Breathing and Pranayama Yogap. 81
Learning Longevity Breathingp. 82
Breathing Benchmarksp. 83
Anatomy of Longevity Breathingp. 83
Guidelines for Learningp. 84
How Long Will It Take to Learn Longevity Breathing?p. 86
Move Your Belly Forwardp. 86
Bring Movement to All Parts of Your Bellyp. 87
Move the Sides of Your Bellyp. 88
Breathe Into Your Lower Back and Kidneysp. 89
Move Your Belly in All Directions Simultaneouslyp. 90
Breathe Into Your Upper Backp. 90
Important Points to Rememberp. 92
Breathing and All Chi Gung Movementsp. 93
Basic Standing and Sitting Alignmentsp. 95
Six Core Exercisesp. 95
Body Alignmentsp. 95
Standing Alignmentsp. 96
Placement of the Feetp. 96
Placement of the Spinep. 97
Placment of the Neck and Headp. 98
The Eyes and the Tonguep. 99
Placement of the Chestp. 100
Give Your Organs an Internal Massagep. 102
Raise Your Spine and Spread Your Shoulder Bladesp. 102
Small Heavenly Orbit: Internal Organs Sink as Spine Risesp. 103
Palms Face Backwards as Hands Rest on Sides of Thighsp. 104
Sitting Alignmentsp. 104
Basic Sitting Posturep. 104
Lift Your Kwa While You Sitp. 108
Exercises to Stretch Your Kwap. 109
Stand and Settle Inp. 110
Fundamental Standing Techniques: Sinking, Scanning and Dissolving Your Chip. 113
What Is Sinking Chi?p. 113
How the Author Learned to Sungp. 114
Two-Person Exercise for Letting Gop. 115
Sink Your Chip. 115
Physical Signs of Sinking Your Chip. 117
Dropping Your Body and Sinking Your Chi Can Be Confusedp. 119
Important Points to Rememberp. 119
Next Level of Sinkingp. 120
Scan Your Energy Bodyp. 120
Shifting from the Physical to Chip. 120
Helpful Hints for Awakening Your Chip. 122
What Relaxed Chi Feels Likep. 123
The Chi Outer Dissolving Processp. 123
Relationship Between Sinking and Dissolving Chip. 123
The Etheric Body and Dissolvingp. 124
The Human Energy Body Expands and Contractsp. 127
Principles Behind the Dissolving Processp. 127
Be Gentle with Yourselfp. 127
Opening the Energy Gates of the Bodyp. 129
What Are the Energy Gates?p. 129
Important Major and Minor Gates of the Bodyp. 130
Head and Neckp. 130
Shouldersp. 133
Armsp. 134
Torsop. 136
Pelvisp. 140
Legsp. 141
Below the Feet and Above the Headp. 143
Opening the Gates: A Lesson Planp. 144
Guidelines for Practicing Standing Chi Gungp. 146
Coordinating Your Breath with Chi Gung Movementsp. 149
Breath and Emotionsp. 150
Dealing with Negative Emotionsp. 150
Cloud Hands: Rooting the Lower Bodyp. 153
Cloud Hands Is the Most Complete Chi Gung Movementp. 153
Transition from Standing and Dissolving to Cloud Handsp. 154
Gently Open Your Eyesp. 154
Root the Lower Bodyp. 155
Point Your Tailbone Down and Slowly Shift Weightp. 156
Important Points to Rememberp. 157
Mechanics of the Jointsp. 159
Negative Effects of Joint Problems on the Whole Bodyp. 159
Proper Alignment of the Knee Jointp. 160
The Knee Is a Weight-Transference Joint, Not a Weight-Bearing Jointp. 160
Two-Person Exercise to Test the Alignment of the Knee Jointp. 161
Importance of Opening the Back of the Knee Jointp. 161
Two-Person Exercise to Align the Knee and Ankle Jointsp. 161
Opening and Closing the Kwap. 163
What Is the Kwa?p. 163
Cloud Hands: Spiraling the Upper Bodyp. 167
The Spine Connects the Arms and the Legsp. 167
Connecting the Arms to the Spinep. 168
Two-Person Feedback Exercisep. 169
Move Elbow Joints to Activate the Spinal Pumpp. 170
Open the Hip Joint to Turn the Spinep. 171
Sink One Side to Raise the Otherp. 174
"Spinning Silk" with the Arms and Legsp. 175
The First Swingp. 181
The Swings Energize Vital Organs and Jointsp. 181
The Three Tantiens and Jiaos of Chinese Medicinep. 181
Leg and Hip Movement Is the Same as Cloud Handsp. 182
Central Energy Channelp. 183
Arm Movementsp. 184
Two-Person Exercise to Release Shoulder and Elbow Tensionp. 187
The Second Swingp. 189
The Second Swing Strengthens the Liver and Spleen and Dissolves Stressp. 189
The Challenge: Shift Weight and Turn at the Kwap. 189
Hip and Leg Movementsp. 190
Important Points to Rememberp. 194
Lift and Lower the Footp. 194
The Arm Movements for the Second Swingp. 198
The Third Swingp. 201
The Third Swing Invigorates Chi in the Upper Bodyp. 201
Leg and Kwa Movementsp. 201
Guidelines for Learning the Leg Swingsp. 202
Preparatory Arm Exercisesp. 206
The Five-Part Movement of the Third Swingp. 208
Guidelines for the Third Swingp. 212
The Taoist Spine Stretchp. 215
A Supple Spine Is the Backbone of Good Healthp. 215
The Posterior and Anterior Sides of the Spinep. 216
Spine Warm-upsp. 217
The Taoist Spine Stretch-First Halfp. 219
The Taoist Spine Stretch-Second Halfp. 222
Guidelines for Practicing the Taoist Spine Stretchp. 224
Doing the Taoist Spine Stretch While Sittingp. 225
Sitting Spine Stretch Warm-upsp. 225
The Sitting Spine Stretchp. 226
The Next Level of the Spine Stretchp. 226
Feel Your Spine More Preciselyp. 228
Kwa Bend-The Next Levelp. 229
How to Apply Sinking and Dissolving During the Spine Stretchp. 229
Nei Gung: The Heart of Taoist Energy Practicesp. 233
Going to the Next Level of Chi Gungp. 233
Intellectual and Embodied Knowledgep. 233
The Next Level of Opening the Energy Gates of Your Bodyp. 234
Standing Posturesp. 234
Spiraling Energy Body Chi Gungp. 236
The 16 Components of the Nei Gung Systemp. 236
The Nei Gung Continuum of Knowledgep. 240
Learning Real Nei Gungp. 240
Directly and Indirectly Experiencing Chip. 241
The Complexity of Nei Gungp. 242
Breathing Methods from the Simple to the Complexp. 242
Lengthening the Breath-Three Stagesp. 243
Connecting the Diaphragm, Belly and Internal Organsp. 243
Breathing into Your Lower Tantienp. 244
Reverse Breathingp. 245
Spinal Breathingp. 245
Circular Breathingp. 245
Nei Gung and Circularityp. 247
Moving Energyp. 248
Alignmentsp. 248
Dissolvingp. 249
Main and Secondary Acupuncture Channelsp. 249
Bending and Stretchingp. 250
Opening and Closingp. 250
The Etheric Body or Aurap. 251
Spiralingp. 251
Absorbing and Projectingp. 251
The Spinep. 252
The Left, Right and Central Channels and Three Tantiensp. 252
Integrationp. 253
Chi Gung Is the Foundation for Shen Gungp. 253
Afterwordp. 255
An Abundance of Chi Is Your Birthrightp. 255
You Must Practice to Reap the Benefitsp. 255
Guidelines for Practicep. 257
Practice Until Your Joints Feel Well-Lubricatedp. 257
If You Feel Pain, Use Slower and Smaller Movementsp. 257
Special Warning, Do Not Overstrain Knee Jointsp. 258
Movement Artists: If You Feel Fatigue, Change to the Next Swingp. 259
Martial Artists: Do Not Visualize Fighting Applicationsp. 259
Best Time to Practicep. 259
How Often Should I Practice?p. 260
Use Chi Gung to Manage Stressp. 261
Toxin Release Will Be Followed by Energy Flowp. 262
Special Note for Womenp. 262
Special Note for Menp. 262
Searching for a Qualified Teacherp. 263
Finding a Chi Gung Teacherp. 263
What to Look for in a Good Teacherp. 264
Finding a Nei Gung Teacherp. 264
Importance of Correct Chi Gung Practicep. 266
Every Body Is Differentp. 266
Chi Travels through the Nervesp. 266
Safety Comparison of Pranayama and Chi Gungp. 267
Pranayama Is Based on Breathing and Packingp. 268
Benefit-to-Risk Relationship in Chi Gungp. 268
Learning Chi Gung in Chinap. 268
Taoists Stress the Spiritual Framework of Chi Gungp. 269
Comparing Chi Gung Systemsp. 269
Improper Chi Gung Practice Can Cause Problemsp. 270
Too Much Chi Is Painfulp. 270
Sexual Chi Gung Can Be Dangerousp. 271
The Downside of Packing Chip. 272
Vibrating Chi Can Have Unpleasant Side Effectsp. 273
Discharging Energyp. 274
The Dangers of Forcing and Fast Resultsp. 275
Most Chi Gung Is Safep. 275
Techniques to Alleviate Tension and Discomfort While Sitting in a Chairp. 276
Sitting and Painp. 278
Origin of Material in This Bookp. 279
Liu Hung Chieh's Education as a Taoist Masterp. 280
About the Romanization of Chinese Words in This Bookp. 281
The Living Taoism Collection and B. K. Frantzis Energy Arts Teachingsp. 283
The B. K. Frantzis Energy Arts Systemp. 283
Core Chi Gung Practicesp. 284
Longevity Breathing Programp. 284
Dragon and Tiger Chi Gungp. 284
Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body Chi Gungp. 285
Marriage of Heaven and Earth Chi Gungp. 285
Bend the Bow Chi Gungp. 285
Spiraling Energy Body Chi Gungp. 285
Gods Playing in the Clouds Chi Gungp. 285
Tai Chi and Ba Gua as Health Artsp. 285
Healing Othersp. 286
Chi Gung Tui Nap. 286
Chi Gung Therapyp. 286
Internal Martial Artsp. 287
Tai Chi Chuanp. 287
Ba Gua Changp. 287
Hsing-I Chuanp. 287
Meditationp. 288
Taoist Meditationp. 288
Tai Chi as Meditationp. 288
Living Taoism Collectionp. 288
Booksp. 289
CDs and DVDsp. 289
Training Opportunitiesp. 289
Instructor Certificationp. 289
Contact Informationp. 290
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9781583941461
ISBN-10: 1583941460
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 10th December 2005
Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 18.9  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1

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