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Seated Taiji and Qigong


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Foreword. 1. Introduction . 2. Chinese Medicine. 2.1. The Ch'i of Tai Chi and Qigong. 2.2. The Five Elements. 2.3. The Eight Meridians. 2.4. The Junction Points. 2.5. The Three Treasures. 2.6. The Three Dan Tiens. 2.7. Before You Begin. 3. Seated Qigong Quick Picker-Uppers. 3.1. History of Qigong. 3.2. Sample Lesson for Beginners. 3.3. Introduction to Qigong Exercises. 3.4. Level One Exercises. 3.5. Level Two Exercises. 3.6. Level Three Exercises. 3.7. Acupressure Points for Qigong Exercises. 4. Seated T'ai Chi Chuan: Exercises for Health and Fitness. 4.1. The Beginnings of T'ai Chi. 4.2. The T'ai Chi Diagram. 4.3. Exercises for Emotional Exhaustion. 4.4. Exercises for Mental Stress. 4.5. Exercises for Physical Fatigue. 4.6. Exercises for Total Relaxation. 5. The Role of Stress in Disease. 5.1. Stress and Your Environment. 5.2. Reducing Fatigue and Tension with Water. 5.3. Final Reminders and Suggestions. 5.4. Music and Readings. 6. Appendices. 6.1. Abbreviations of Meridians. 6.2. Locations of Acupressure Points. 6.3. Bibliography.

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Everything caregivers need to know about Taiji and Qigong for those with limited mobility

About the Author

Cynthia W. Quarta has taught martial arts for over twenty five years and was the activities director at an assisted living facility. She continues to teach seated Taiji classes in a number of locations to a range of ages and levels of physical fitness. These include classes for older people, people with physical disabilities, college students, middle-aged adults, and adults with profound intellectual disabilities at a local mental health center. She lives in Great Falls, Montana.


This book is the first one that I am aware of, at least, that teaches these important and oh so helpful practices from a seated position. There are many people who, because of various infirmities, cannot do the standing practices but there is really lots that can be done from a chair.... So I am happy to see this very valuable book come out. If you are in a chair yourself or know someone who is interested in qi practice who is confined to a chair get them this book! -- The Empty Vessel
A welcome addition to the sadly neglected area of exercises for the less physically able. -- Gordon Faulkner, author of the award winning Managing Stress With Qigong
Seated Taiji and Qigong reveals the secret of health, happiness and peace. The explanation of energy flow throughout the body is straightforward. By starting an effortless daily routine that combines deep breathing and simple movements, we promote our balance and energy flow. Herein, lays an invaluable tool for the mental health professional offering a free, sustainable source of energy, an avenue for self-care, and a therapeutic resource aiding clients in easing their stress while motivating and energizing them. -- Wanda S. Diekhans, MPC, LCPC, Good Grief Counseling, Great Falls, Montana
How can we really help clients live in their demanding worlds while gaining a healthier, more joyful perspective for their bodies and minds? I am confident that this book will provide many of the answers for health professionals. Through modified Taiji and Qigong methods, reducing stress is now simpler and easier to understand. -- From the foreword by Michelle Maloney Vallie, LCPC, LAC, PhD, Outpatient Therapist, Montana

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