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Tai Chi

Health for Life

Bruce Frantzis


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According to Time Magazine, tai chi is “the perfect exercise.”

Tai chi’s incredible powers are reflected in its popularity. Over 200 million practitioners worldwide—young, old, athletic, sedentary, chronically ill, overweight—are using tai chi’s slow, graceful movements as a potent preventative health care practice to regain control of their health, boost high performance, manage stress and reverse the effects of aging.

Tai Chi Health for Life is in effect a comprehensive consumers’ guide to tai chi, by international authority and teacher of Taoist health, martial arts and spiritual practices, Bruce Frantzis. Citing clinical studies and the practical experience of practitioners, this inspiring book persuasively argues why everyone should consider taking up tai chi.

Tai Chi: Health for Life is not a how-to exercise manual nor does it teach any particular style of tai chi. Instead the book tells people exactly how tai chi works, revealing why tai chi is so effective at relieving such chronic health problems as high blood pressure, asthma, chronic pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and anxiety. It explains how to choose a tai chi style and what to look for in a teacher. The book links the underlying energetic principles of tai chi to traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupuncture, and shows how its philosophy is derived from such ancient Taoist texts as the Tao Te Ching and the I Ching.

In Tai Chi Health for Life you will discover:
—Why doctors, nurses and alternative health care professionals are recommending the low impact movements of tai chi to their patients
—Why senior practitioners call tai chi the ‘elixir of life’
—How tai chi improves workplace productivity and boosts mental stamina
—Tools to combat repetitive stress injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome
—How tai chi enhances sexual, athletic and intellectual performance
—Why tai chi, as ‘moving meditation’ can create inner peace
—The difference between tai chi, chi gung (qigong) and yoga
—How tai chi teachers and advanced practitioners can upgrade their skills.

Tai Chi: Health for Life peels away the mysteries surrounding the concept of chi–life-force energy—which is fundamental to both tai chi and chi gung. These chi-building practices supercharge other exercise methods, such as sports, weight-lifting and yoga. Developing chi inside the body, mind and spirit is the most important determinant for achieving health, relaxation and vitality.

“Bruce Frantzis is a true master.” —Michael E. Gerber, author of The E-Myth Revisited

Praise For Tai Chi: Health for Life

From Library Journal, April 15, 2006
A well-known and popular tai chi teacher and practitioner, Frantzis (Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body) presents a thorough foundation for anyone thinking about starting tai chi or students of the practice who have not been introduced to the discipline's philosophy and benefits. In other words, readers will not find a demonstration of the movements. The author opens by defining tai chi and placing it in the larger context of Chinese thinking and traditional Chinese medicine before moving to a discussion of the health benefits, most of which derive from the control of stress and movement as well as meditation. Frantzis closes with some nuts-and-bolts issues of what students can expect to learn from tai chi and how to choose a teacher. The appendixes contain great information on how tai chi differs from yoga and chi gung and the Five Elements. Highly recommended for public, hospital, and consumer libraries. —Howard Fuller, Stanford Health Lib., Palo Alto, CA

"Tai Chi; Health for Life is not only an encyclopedia but is the foundation for the inspiration to begin the study and practice of this fabulous approach to life.” —C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., Founding President of the American Holistic Medical Association and author of Life beyond 100: Secrets of the fountain of Youth and Healing Remedies.

“I’ve been a tai chi teacher since 1971. This book answers many questions I have had about tai chi and those my students have asked me.” —Ken Van Sickle, tai chi sword specialist and original student of Cheng Man Ching, one of the first high-level chi masters from China to teach in the West.

"Bruce Frantzis is a true master.” —Michael E. Gerber, author of The E-Myth Revisited and E-Myth Mastery: The Seven Essential Disciplines for Building a World-Class Company

Blue Snake Books, 9781583941447, 352pp.

Publication Date: February 14, 2006

About the Author

Bruce Frantzis is reputed to be the first Westerner to hold authentic lineages in tai chi and other Taoist energy arts. He studied healing, martial arts and meditation with renowned teachers in Asia for 16 years–including spending more than a decade in China. There he trained in the three main styles of tai chi—Yang, Wu and Chen—and in combination styles, as well as studying chi gung and chi gung tui na therapeutic bodywork.

Frantzis used tai chi and other chi practices to dramatically heal himself: first from a life-threatening form of hepatitis in India and more dramatically from massive spine injuries that he received in a car accident.

Since 1987, Frantzis has taught tai chi, chi gung, martial arts, TAO yoga, TAO meditation, and energetic-healing therapies to over 15,000 students in the United States and Europe. His teaching methods are spread by a growing number of certified instructors that he has trained in the United States and Europe.

Frantzis’ experiences have made him a teacher with a mission: teaching people how the ancient self-healing chi practices can help them achieve health, relaxation, inner peace and longevity. He aims to help avert a major health crisis that threatens to engulf the Western world.

Frantzis is the author of several widely praised books about the power of chi including: The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi; the chi gung books, Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body and the Dragon and Tiger Medical Chi Gung Instruction Manual; and two volumes on the water method of TAO meditation, Relaxing Into Your Being and The Great Stillness. Two CDs, The Tao of Letting Go and Ancient Songs of the Tao, shed valuable insights into the power of TAO Meditation in helping people let go of their deepest emotional blockages and move closer to becoming truly alive, balanced and joyful.