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Heal Yourself with Qigong: Gentle Practices to Increase Energy, Restore Health, and Relax the Mind Paperback – April 2, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1572245839 ISBN-10: 1572245832 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (April 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245839
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Suzanne Friedman’s teaching style and her books reveal a generous and firm willingness to make her enthusiasm for qigong accessible to others."
—Dr. Antoine Delaly, acupuncturist, medical hypnotist, and qigong practitioner in Lausanne, Switzerland



"Friedman’s in-depth studies and prolonged practice of Taoist meditation has enabled her to understand aspects of qigong practice that are not usually uncovered by Western academics and practitioners. Given such a perspective, her book is the first of its kind—lucid, original, and practical."
—Grandmaster B.F. YeYoung, Taoist Inner Alchemist and former University Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Arts in China



"Lao Zi, ancestor of Taoism, once said ‘the only reason that we suffer hurt is that we have bodies; if we had no bodies, how could we suffer?’ How to achieve ‘no body’? Begin with the qi practice now! This book will show you how."
—Dr. Xu Hongtao, doctor in the qigong department at Xiyuan Hospital in Beijing, China

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In Heal Yourself with Qigong, acupuncturist and qigong expert Suzanne Friedman presents traditional Chinese energy techniques that renew energy and vitality, soothe the spirit, and calm the mind.

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This book is very clear and easy to follow.
Yasmeen Clark
I have personally benefited greatly from many of the prescriptions in the book especially in regard to stress reduction, mood lifting, insomnia, and digestive issues.
Qigong Convert
I find this book -- one of the best books for Qigong beginners.
Vadim Derevyanko, L.Ac., CMQ

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By T. Tosta on June 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
After three years of antibiotics, trying to rid myself of lyme disease, I had had enough of western medicine. Even in the western med world, there was a big bruhaha between the lyme specialists (who saw most everything as lyme and were sure that there had to be the right antibiotic brew out there somewhere) and the med skeptics (who thought if 30 days meds was good enough for the insurance companies, it was good enough for them). Problem was, I wasn't getting any better. So, on a referral from a friend, I visited this sassy, left coast, NY jewish, former lawyer, acupuncturist who started to pay attention to what I was saying. She treated me with needles and herbs, then Qi Gong. I don't which part did it, but the symptoms went away. Is the disease gone? I don't know. But I feel healthy. I am not beating up my body with antibiotics and I love Qi Gong! Now, she has writtten a book. The book is just as great as she is. She is clear. She is concise. She speaks Qi Gong from a western cultural perspective. So, it makes sense. Thanks, Suzanne, for everything!
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Robert Ellis on March 25, 2009
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I've read a handful of books about qigong, including the other books by the same author. This book is simply the best introduction to qigong I've found. Simple, accessible, beautifully designed, it includes clear instructions to more than 100 qigong exercises you can do in five minutes. And the exercises really work; I've used them to rid myself of headaches, sleep better, and ease my back pain, all in just a few minutes.

If you want a more thorough explanation of qigong, I'd recommend The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing as a companion to Heal Yourself With Qigong. But if you just want to see results fast, devour this book and practice the exercises.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Qigong Convert on March 26, 2009
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If you want to use Qigong to improve your health this is the only book you'll ever need. It is filled with so many simple exercise prescriptions for just about any physical or emotional health issue you may be having. It is also written so clearly and accessibly that it is truly a one-size-fits-all kind of book....a must have for anyone that is serious about taking an active role in their own healing.

I have personally benefited greatly from many of the prescriptions in the book especially in regard to stress reduction, mood lifting, insomnia, and digestive issues.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. Siegel on April 9, 2009
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There is something for everyone in this book, whether you're a complete beginner in Qigong, or have experience. Author Suzanne Freidman has given deceptively simple exercises and movements which create impressive results. All the exercises are gentle, easy to follow, illustrated with drawings, and take five minutes or less. They cover everything from stress reduction/relaxation to weight loss, blood pressure reduction, and headache relief. Meditations and acupoint stimulations are also included.
My personal favorites include an energizing exercise called Wash Your Face (amazing, instant results), the Waterfall Visualization to purge stress (really soothing), Gathering Earth Energy (very grounding), and Liver Qi Massage (mood stabilizer).
Anyone can do these exercises, regardless of physical condition (all exercises can be done standing or sitting) or time constraints. Pick and choose depending on your need of the moment. I highly recommend this book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Deb Nam-Krane VINE VOICE on September 25, 2010
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This is yet another well-written, easy-to-follow Qigong guide. There is something about this modality of exercise that seems to welcome calm, clear, common-sense instructions while managing to convey that deep work is brewing at the surface.

After describing why she entered the world of Qigong and the rest of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the author offers a three or four brief but important fundamentals, then offers a total of 62 simple Qigong exercises. They are organized into Instant Energy Boosters, Restoring Physical Vitality, Balancing Your Emotions and Calming Your Spirit. While nothing should stop you from doing all of the exercises in a certain segment- or book, for that matter- you don't have to. You can do one or however many you'd like and in any order you'd like. (Unlike many other forms of exercise, the sequencing isn't as much of a make or break issue here.) However, the author does advise a consistent daily practice, even if it's only five to ten minutes long.

Throughout the instructions, the author assures that it's okay to start from where you are, or come as you are. If it's possible to start with a 30 minute practice, do so. However, knowing that many people are tired and stressed and are coming to Qigong to alleviate those symptoms, she advises starting with what we can manage. She notes that as the practice begins to work for you, the distractions of stress and anxiety will slowly become more manageable, which will in turn allow for a longer practice, which will then lead to less anxiety and stress. A positive cycle.

The illustrations are good, but in certain places they could have been more descriptive.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 10, 2012
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This book offers a really good basic introduction to Qigong aimed at the average Qigong novice or even people that have various limitations due to illness. For anyone not sure what Qigong is, it could maybe very loosely be described as super-gentle and simple Tai Chi combined with some breathing exercises, visualisations and sometimes some simple meditation techniques.

It makes sense to me that improving circulation, and so Qi (or Chi), can be helpful when you are treating disease. If there is no blood flow to an area, it can't heal. Qigong can also improve respiratory and digestive function, and give you a calmer and less cluttered mind. Keeping your body out of 'adrenaline mode' as much as possible also facilitates healing, as healing can occur only after the ANS shifts from Sympathetic to Parasympathetic dominance (rest, relax and repair mode).

I have a disease with some similarities to M.S. (Myalgic Encepahalomyelitis, or M.E.) I'm housebound and 98% bedbound. Being very inactive and bedbound means you really need to improve your circulation if at all possible, as anyone bedbound will know! Using up up to 5 minutes of my 30 - 60 or so minutes a day I can be upright on Qigong seems a reasonable idea to me. This is right on the cusp of what I am able to do, so I am not sure if I can do it yet but I am going to give it a try very soon and am looking forward to it.

My disease is very slowly improving and even these simple exercises would have been impossible a year ago or even 6 months ago. Despite what some people say, Qigong is not something even in a very simplified version that everyone that is ill will be able to do.
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