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Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body: Gain Lifelong Vitality (The Tao of energy enhancement series) Paperback – 31 Jul 1993


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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.; 2nd edition (31 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556431643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556431647
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By L J Slater on 21 Aug 2008
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This is very sound teaching from a very experienced master of real, root- deep Taoist Chi Gung. It is a step by step manual, and if you have done any Chi Gung already, it puts everything in context both historically and in terms of explaining the why and how of each exercise. It is rather not about martial arts, but about inner strengthening, balance and mind/body/spirit harmonisation which is the basis of all true martial arts training, but also the key to good health and longevity generally.

For the beginner, it provides the best possible start, (and there are contact details at the back for you to find a teacher, which you should do asap).

Even if you just do the breathing exercises, the result is pretty life changing, as they restore energy levels and dissipate fatigue in a matter of weeks.

If you follow this book in depth and read the Tao Te Ching at the same time, it all starts to come together, the one gives insights to the other.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Cahill on 23 Nov 2007
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Provides detailed and clear instructions for the complete energy gates Chi Gung system and makes it available to the new or average practitioner. Could be used by someone without access to a teacher but invaluable for those with access to a good teacher. The starting point of material in this book is what some teachers would have you believe is only available to the gifted few.
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---I now realise that this book has been so thoroughly updated, I will probably buy the new edition! however, I will still share my experiences with these exercises.

~~~This is a fascinating, if challenging read, but for me, these exercises were not the place to start.

After much reading, and much scepticism, I tried the outer dissolving exercise. It was quite an experience when it first started to work! I didn't find it unpleasant to perform, although it was a challenge to not let my mind drift. Afterwards I experienced a sort of restlessness/paranoia, which is not that unusual a side effect. It only lasted a couple hours, was not so strong that I regretted doing the exercise, and didn't leave me feeling shaken. But I came to the judgement, however attractive they sounded, these exercises were not for me [edit: I had meant, at the time I was not ready for them.]. I don't think it is good to do them reluctantly or half-heartedly, and certainly not for some sort of 'novelty'. I expect that I wasn't ready for them. [and I hope to come back to them someday, but this is not on my mind.] So in that sense, two stars.

For me, the place to start with Bruce Frantzis (I do other chi gung too) was the DVD of Dragon and Tiger chi Gung, available from his website, which I have so far been using happily without either book (although I recommend the deal that includes both books). I also know, his website has a forum open to customers, and there are many teachers who can offer guidance and advice to people who may have difficulty with these exercises, as I did.

[I have now reviewed book 2, where I also write an long essay about what I gain from the dragon tiger set]
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Tara J. L. Halliday on 10 Jan 2009
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Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body is a comprehensive manual for this great chi gung set of movements. The depth and detail included is fabulous, as Bruce Frantzis explains the why as well as how and writes in clear, easy to follow way.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 May 2012
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I liked the contents, I am using it in my practice and appreciated the rapid delivery.
This is a book I have been looking to get for quite a while.
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