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Blossoms in the Spring: A Perfect Method of Qigong Paperback – 2009

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Plum Publications (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979015928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979015922
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,026,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Frankel on July 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I own a fairly large collection of books on qigong, and to me, this is one of the better ones. The two authors are a veteran martial arts teacher (Mancuso) and an experienced acupuncture physician (Caldwell), and the book benefits from having this dual perspective. Mancuso is also a publisher and distributor of martial arts related books, who often gives frank critical appraisals of books and DVDs on these subjects on his web site, so he has given careful consideration to the features that would make for a quality book on qigong.

Blossoms in the Spring focuses on one individual form, which was developed and practiced in Taoist temples. The introductory section includes foundational information on subjects such as: what is qigong and a bit of its history; the "three adjustments" (body, qi, and mind); the concept of, and different types of qi, frequently-asked questions, preparatory exercises; and health benefits. I found the discussion of attention and intention in this section to be quite useful.

The following and largest section of the book is the presentation of the form and instructions on how to do it. The form is demonstrated in a seated posture, although the authors note that it can also be done in a standing or prone position as well. The form is divided into three sections: Earth, Humanity and Heaven, with Humanity being the longest. The text gives clear descriptions of not only the mechanics of the movements, but also the feelings that should accompany them. The acupoints that are effected by the movements are also listed. The movements are each illustrated with black and white photographs, with three smaller photos illustrating where each particular movement falls in the sequence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By walt on October 30, 2013
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Each style of Qigong has its own intended affect; some are narrowly focused, others not so much. I wondered, what is it about this style that would qualify it as "perfect"?

In their DVD by the same title, the authors describe a continuum of activity, from extreme quiet (say, sitting meditation) on one end, to extreme action (say, playing basketball) on the other. They place Tai Chi near the quiet end -- and Qigong somewhere between Tai Chi and meditation. Especially with Blossoms in the Spring, I would think that's about right.

The writing by Ted Mancuso and Narrye Caldwell is very clear, and the photos by Debbie Shayne are excellent. The set itself can be learned quickly, though as you re-view the book, you notice that there are many subtle aspects to each form. The moves are simple, and elegant, rather like gestures. Each set ends and begins with the same form, so to lengthen the practice, you simply repeat. I have opted to do it standing, whereas the instruction shows the authors sitting. In one brief passage, they describe Blossoms as "a tool of serenity," implying that that is the affect of this style.

It may be that the "perfection" mentioned in the title comes from one's own work with the set, and the understanding that grows as the details are mastered. Sort of the author's idea of an "inside" joke.
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