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Women's Qigong for Health and Longevity: A Practical Guide for Women Forty and Older

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Here is a detailed, easy-to-use guidebook for women forty and older on how to use gentle but powerful traditional Chinese exercises, breathing techniques, massage, meditation, and vocalizations to promote health, fitness, relaxation, and mental clarity; improve stamina; and even treat specific health concerns. Acupuncturist and longtime qigong practitioner Deborah Davis explains the traditional Chinese approach to health and the various components of qigong practice; gives general health routines for women in ...
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Overview

Here is a detailed, easy-to-use guidebook for women forty and older on how to use gentle but powerful traditional Chinese exercises, breathing techniques, massage, meditation, and vocalizations to promote health, fitness, relaxation, and mental clarity; improve stamina; and even treat specific health concerns. Acupuncturist and longtime qigong practitioner Deborah Davis explains the traditional Chinese approach to health and the various components of qigong practice; gives general health routines for women in specific age groups; and offers do-it-yourself practices and routines for specific health issues including insomnia, hypertension and heart disease, menopause, sexual vitality, breast health, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and depression.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Women's Qigong for Health and Longevity is loaded with practical, effective, and transformational information and practices to help all midlife women maintain vibrant health.”—Christiane Northrup, MD

“Having personally experienced the 'magic' of qigong many years ago, I am delighted to see this insightful handbook. As a bone health specialist you can bet I'll recommend that all my clients look into Davis' qigong exercises for osteoporosis.”—Susan E. Brown, PhD, CNS, Director of the Osteoporosis Education Project

“This is the most understandable workbook of qigong exercises that I have come across.  Deborah Davis covers the basics in simple terms with personal comments. While written specifically for women, the book begins with an excellent overview of qigong and its techniques.  I’ve already recommended it to some male friends.”—Anna Jedrziewski, Spirit Connection New York, NY, New Age Retailer

Library Journal

Licensed acupuncturist Davis contributes to the burgeoning publishing area of Chinese medicine with her guide to Qigong for women over 40. In Part 1, readers take in the basics and theory of Qigong and how the practice "combines three elements-focused breathing, posture or movement, and mental concentration-to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit." Drawing on more than 20 years of experience with a special interest in treatment plans for over 30 diseases, Davis details routines for nine specific health conditions, e.g., depression, cancer, and menopause, for the age ranges of 40-49, 50-64 (perimenopause), and 65 and beyond. Readers go step by step through each movement, breathing technique, stance, or healing sound, with photographs and diagrams. Davis uses a few anecdotes from her practice to illustrate how practicing Qigong can affect a person's health. However, there is no conventional or traditional evidence given to support the claims. Although accessible, this book would best suit those who have had some experience with Qigong, as phrases such as "it's more important to move with the energy and follow your body's innate wisdom" may alienate beginners. Recommended for alternative health collections and specialized Chinese medicine collections.
—Elizabeth J. Eastwood

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590305379
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 479,753
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Davis, LAc, MAOM, has been an alternative health care practitioner for more than twenty-five years, specializing in women’s health issues. She received her masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine. Her video The Spirit of Qigong was named one of the top three resources on the topic by Spirituality & Health magazine. Davis teaches qigong at numerous conferences, health centers, and spas throughout the country.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
The Root of Qigong
Making Qigong a Part of Your Life     7
The Energetic Body: Understanding Chinese Medicine and Medical Qigong     12
Exploring Qi     18
Activating Your Energy: Qigong Breathing and Warm-up Exercises     21
Stances     28
Meditations and Visualizations     33
Five-Element Healing     38
Six Healing Sounds     49
Healthy, Fit, and Sexy at Any Age
Dynamic Woman: Ages Forty to Forty-nine     63
Graceful Passage: Perimenopause     70
Wise Woman: Ages Fifty to Sixty-four     76
Sage Woman: Sixty-five and Beyond     83
Self-Healing for Women
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)     91
Breast Health     98
Depression     107
Menopause     114
Insomnia     121
Breast Cancer and Other Types of Cancer     128
Heart Health and Hypertension     135
Osteoporosis     144
Restoring Your Sexual Qi     149
Acknowledgments     153
Summary of Qigong Routines     155
Notes     159
Bibliography     161
Product Information     163
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