Nurture the flow of Qi energy in your body for a life of vibrancy, balance, and wellness. In Pathways of Qi, Chinese Medicine expert Matthew Sweigart shows how to use touch therapy, meditations, and gentle Qigong exercises to clear away blockages and open up to energetic nourishment.
Based on ancient wisdom traditions, these hands-on assessment and treatment techniques have been cultivated to heal the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Explore the channels of energy in the bodyknown in Chinese Medicine as the meridiansand for each one, discover the limb position, yin/yang properties, corresponding elements, functions, affirmations, and more. With illustrations to help you master the physical postures and gestures, Pathways of Qi will guide you through gentle practices for a life of improved awareness, connection, and health.
Praise:"Pathways of Qi exemplifies the essence and beauty of the Ohashiatsu modality in every way. I highly recommend this book."Ohashi, author of Do-It-Yourself Shiatsu and Reading the Body
"Matthew Sweigart's new book provides a fresh look on a subject too often taught using only boring charts and lists. In Pathways of Qi, Matthew takes the reader along on his own personal journey. Although it reads a lot like a novel the text includes an in-depth presentation of the subject. Matthew explains both the scope and the details he has discovered and become familiar with inside the body's electromagnetic field. A very worthwhile read for students, professionals, and even potential clients of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) and acupuncture."Cindy Banker, Founding President of the American Shiatsu Association and Director of the A.O.B.T.A.'s Council of Schools and Programs
"Pathways of Qi is an empowering manual on Meridian Therapy providing practical ways to heal yourself and others. If you're interested in healing, this book is vital for tapping the source of your life force."Michael Reed Gach, author of Acupressure's Potent Points
"A gifted Shiatsu and Qi Gong teacher, Matthew Sweigart harmoniously combines his passion for the healing arts with his lifetime experience with the theories of ancient Chinese philosophy. Written in an easy to understand, refreshing way, Pathways of Qi is a valuable compendium for practitioners and instructors of different traditions."Nilsa Eberhart Diaz, owner of Zen Shiatsu Caribbean Institute, San Juan, Puerto Rico
"Matthew Sweigart's clear illustrations and instructions are enhanced by his wisdom stories that bring these teachings to life. The stories and teachings open your eyes to the Qi that is the source of Life, energy and healing. Pathways of Qi is a reference tool, a collection of wisdom, and a gift to humanity. Thank you for taking the time to record your wisdom for current and future generations. A masterpiece!"Bonnie Jean Miller, MDI, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern Universit
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About the Author
Matthew Sweigart, CI, (Northern California) is the Director of Education of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia. He is also the director andprimary instructor of the HeartMind Shiatsu 300 hour training program. In 1988, he founded Ohashiatsu® Chicago, and currently serves as Visiting Faculty at Zen Shiatsu Chicago. Matthew is also the author of Touching Ki, Meridian Qigong, and several other books and DVDs.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents Introduction: Qi Energy and the Three Treasures How This Book is Organized The Life Energy Matrix and its Functional Layers Part I: The Twelve Regular Meridian Channels Chapter 1: An Overview of the Twelve Regular Meridian Channels The Twelve Regular Channels as One Meridian Flow The Keys to Unlocking the Pattern Yin and Yang and the Great Ultimate Nature of the Universe A Meridian is Not an Organ The Three Layers of Health Chapter 2: Establishing and Maintaining Boundaries and Exchange Lung Meridian and Large Intestine Meridian Chapter 3: Fulfilling Needs and Wants Stomach Meridian and Spleen/Pancreas Meridian Chapter 4: Higher Truth, Integration and Assimilation, Sovereignty and Order Heart Meridian and Small Intestine Meridian Chapter 5: Flight from Danger, Life and Death Instincts Bladder Meridian and Kidney Meridian Chapter 6: Protection and Circulation Pericardium Meridian and Triple Warmer Meridian Chapter 7: Sense of Direction Gall Bladder Meridian and Liver Meridian Part II: Working the Meridian Channels through Touch Therapy, Meditation, and Qigong Chapter 8: Assessing and Working with Meridians Harmonizing Qi Energy Looking at Assessment and Treatment Strategies From Assessment to Treatment Practice with Touch Therapy: Brushing and Tapping – A Self-care Routine Chapter 9: Meridian Energy Flow, Temperament, and the Five Elements Constitution and Temperament Short List of Temperament Traits Practice with Meditation: A Six-Step Process to Greater Self Realization Chapter 10: Classical Movements and Qigong Practice Classical Qi Cultivation, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Applications The Meridian Gesture Qigong Sequence Basics of Qigong Practice:
- Warm Ups
- Classcial Qigong
- Meridian Gesture Qigong Completion and Integration
In Conclusion: Revisiting the Pathway of Qi Recommended Resources Appendix: Acu-Point name Reference Guide Major Acu Point Quick Reference Guide Bibliography of Resources Glossary