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Chi Self-Massage The Taoist Way of Rejuvenation
Mantak Chia
ISBN-13#: 978-1-59477-110-1
ISBN-10#: 1-59477-110-3

Chi Self-Massage introduces Taoist healing principles: Healing of the body, by the body. The book describes how directing Chi, life energy, to different parts of the body can rejuvenate and strengthen the body. The difference between this book and other massage books is that most other massage books I've read have been about comforting surface muscle tissue; where this book, is about healing the body - the whole body, I'm talking muscles, tendons, organs, and sense organs.

At the beginning of the book there is a page that states this book is a tool to be used with training from a certified Universal Tao instructor so as not to misunderstand or misuse the information and cause injury. I haven't received such training myself, but I read on anyway. This book is filled with different pressure-point diagrams. It really opened my eyes as to how different parts of the body are affected by each other. For instance, there are pressure-points on the feet for pretty much every body part/organ you can think of, the same can be said for the hands. Growing up I used to believe I could heal with my hands; I'd massage our ailing farm animals or any family member who would let me. I still believe I can heal with my hands, and this book has helped me to understand how Chi helps to do so.

Although this is a small book (just over 100 pages) it's packed with very clear information. There are two meditations in the book, including the inner smile which I enjoy a lot. In addition to having charts to heal the entire body, there is a chapter where Mantak Chia explains daily rejuvenation techniques such as stretches, circulation exercises, stress relief techniques and instructions on cleaning the 'two doors and seven windows' of our body. This book was a great introduction to Chi and Tao, I can't wait to read and learn more about Tao(ism).

Although I've received no Universal Tao training, I enjoyed this book immensely. I'm constantly referring to the different diagrams to help heal and comfort different parts of the body. I injured my knee recently and I've found the practices within this book very helpful in relieving pain. And it's something you can practice anywhere: often at work I bring chi to my hands and lay them upon my knee to soothe away swelling and tension. If you have any recurring pain in your day-to-day life I recommend getting this book, I've found it very helpful.

Reviewed by
Amanda Bugeaud

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