The ancient ChineseÂ practiceÂ of Qigong combines physicalÂ movementÂ with gentle breathing techniques to promote harmony betweenÂ body andÂ mind,Â and isÂ quickly gaining popularity in the West. Â This step-by-step guide to managing stressÂ through Qigong begins by looking atÂ stress andÂ our response toÂ it from both an Eastern and a Western perspective.Â The core of the book providesÂ a programÂ with first a series ofÂ carefully-designed stress relief exercises, followed by a series of gentler stress prevention exercises, all of which are clearly explainedÂ with easy-to-follow instructions for each of the steps, and fully illustrated.Â TheÂ author explainsÂ the theory underpinning the Qigong exercises in terms ofÂ the principles of Chinese Medicine, including Yin and Yang, The Five Elements and the circulation of energy (Qi) throughÂ the meridians.Â Extensively trialled withÂ Maggie's Cancer Care Centres, and designed specifically to fitÂ around a busy lifestyle, the Qigong program set out in this book will help to reduce stress, decrease anxiety and restore energy. This practical book will help anyone who is prone to stress, regardless of their level of ability or experience of Qigong. It will also be a useful resource for Taijiquan and Qigong instructors, alternative therapists, and other professionals working with clients who are affected by stress.
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