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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402745044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402745041
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Qi Gong is one of the most important movement meditation techniques. If all Americans learned just the ' Eight Silken Movements' and practiced them daily, we could reduce health costs by 50 percent." -- C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., Founder Shealy Institute for Comprehensive Health Care, and Founding President, American Holistic Medical Association


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By A Customer on 24 Mar. 2003
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I bought this book based on all the good reviews, because it had so few exercises I also assumed they would be well covered.
Chi Gung (Chi Kung, Qi Qong) has three stages for each exercise, Form, Energy and Mind. This book covers only the first part, the form of each exercise, the control of energy, the visualisation and the mental process is completely absent.
In addition several of the exercises were called by non-standard names, for example "Nourishing the kidneys" was called "Touching the toes and Arching the back" which while sounding like a better name obscures the point of the exercise, which is in fact to bring chi to the kidneys.
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The written explanations (together with the photographs) to the eight movement qigong are excellent. What however has really impressed me is the rest of the book (8 chapters), with clear scientific explanations of Qi, breathing, relaxing, training the mind, his personal health story, meditations. Dr. Wilson's writting style is superb.
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When I initially got this book, I had a flick through and thought I'd wasted my money.
Looking at the pictures of the positions my initial impression was of some very incorrect postures.
However first impressions can be wrong.
yes....The postures are very different from the more standard chinese movements, and the number of repetitions is much less, which is strange as irrespective of the changes in movements, the reps should remain the same as it is based on the bagua 8*8=64 trigrams.
Still I thought I would have a good read through before I sent it back for a refund.
The first 5 chapters are worth the cover price.
The descriptions of Qi Gong and the insites into training the breath, body and mind and well written and very informative. They give good accurate information that is written by a knowledgeable and experienced author.
In conclusion, I would say that this is not a good book to learn the standard movements of Ba Duan Jin (the chinese methods)as it teaches a korean version that I would say is inferior, for more reasons than I can explain here, however if you want to understand the theories behind why Qigong practice is beneficial, and practical advice on how to train your breath/body/mind, then you should consider buying it but ignoring the chapter on the 8 movements and get a decent teaching video. "Bu Duan Jin" by the Chinese Health QiGong Association would be a good place to start.Ba Duan Jin: Eight-section Qigong Exercises (Chinese Health Qigong Associat)
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By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2001
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I just thought this book deserved another good review. Having re-read the book after a few months I still think its as good as I did when I first read it. Smply written but effective, good photos too. Exercise wise, I do them every day and still WANT to do them.
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By A Customer on 17 Jun. 1999
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This book has really helped me. For the last 20 years, I have had back and neck problems resulting from a car wreck. I also had a constant pain in my shoulder from lifting weights. I started doing the Qi Gong exercises described in this book and within two weeks the pain in my shoulder had decreased and now I don't even remember which shoulder was hurting! My neck problems are less severe, also. I try to do the exercises twice a day, but if I don't get to them during the day, I perform them just before bedtime. I recommend this book highly.
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This book concentrates on the Korean form of Qi Gong called Pal Dan Gum. Although the actual exercises and the illustrations are easy to follow, I sometimes found the rest of the book a little hard going. Perhaps this was because many of the concepts were new to me, so perhaps this is not the best book for a beginner, but for someone with basis knowledge of Qi channels, chakras and so forth.
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By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2001
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Really good exposition of the subject. Clear pictures and description of the main elements and moves, and useful additonal background chapters.
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By A Customer on 1 April 1998
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This book is very well writen. It has outstanding pictograms showing all the movements that the Eight Silken Movements require. Mr. Wilson's book is easy to follow without being childish or extreme. Many of my co-workers have started doing "Pal Dam Gum." This one of the truely interesting book about non sectrian meditation I have read.
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