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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - November 2013

Chinese Healing Exercises: Your Path To Greater Health and Longevity
by Steven Cardoza

Llewellyn.com - November 2013

What are Chinese Healing Exercises? How are they able, in just a few short minutes a day, to restore and maintain health and longevity? Steven Cardoza, author of Chinese Healing Exercises discusses exactly what these exercises are and illustrates five ways these Chinese Healing Exercises provide benefits.

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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - November 2013

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1. You've been a part of the healing and alternative wellness profession for almost three decades. How did you get started in the field of alternative health?

Steven Cardoza

My first profession was music, and that's still a big part of my life. There was a time when I found I was playing way too much commercial music in order to make a living, and it was ruining both my creativity and my enjoyment of music. I decided I needed to do something else to make money, so I could then focus on the music I loved without having financial considerations restricting my choices. At the urging of friends, I enrolled in massage school, The Massage Institute of New England, in 1984. So, my initial motivations were financial—not very glamorous or inspiring, I know!—but it soon became much more than that. While I was at massage school, I found I had an affinity for healing work, and simultaneously had my first significant exposure to taiji.

At that school, I also had my first encounters with energetically-focused bodywork, including Polarity Therapy, Shiatsu, Zero Balancing, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy. That opened up new realms of experience and possibility, and was stimulating and challenging in very satisfying ways. After my first two or three years of work as a massage therapist, I began attracting clients who had significant medical problems, really outside the scope of my practice as a massage therapist, and I decided that if I was to help those people, I needed to learn something more, something deeper and authentically medical. I briefly considered chiropractic, but wasn't personally drawn to that, although I recognize it as a very helpful, valuable healing modality. Since I'd been studying taiji and by then had also branched out into the study of qigong, I had more of an attraction to the Chinese way of approaching health and healing. It was around that time that I met an amazing Chinese qigong doctor, Dr. Cho K. Wong, still perhaps the most evolved healer I've had the privilege to know. I wanted to learn medical qigong from him, but he was not accepting any students. We became friends, though, and I spent a fair amount of time in his company and had many detailed and enlightening conversations with him.

Dr. Wong believed it would require a minimum of ten years' intensive training before I would be able to even begin work as a qigong healer. (He has very high standards!) Taking his learned opinion into account, I decided to enroll in Chinese medical college, studying acupuncture, herbal medicine, tuina (a type of Chinese medical massage therapy), and comprehensive Chinese medical theory. I reasoned that in about four years' time (rather than ten), I'd have a Master of Science Degree in Chinese Medicine (which, in California, meant I also had to have a full western pre-med education), a solid philosophical foundation in theories applicable to medical qigong, and the qualifications to begin helping more people with serious medical problems.

Moving to California in 1990 also gave me the opportunity to study qigong regularly with B.K. Frantzis. Since 1987, I'd been taking some weekend and week-long qigong and tuina workshops in New England with him, but in California, where he lived, I could and did attend weekly classes, numerous weekend workshops, and weeks-long retreats each summer. Dr. Wong recommended him as one of only a handful of people in the US (out of the hundreds he'd met) who he believed was qualified to teach authentic qigong, taiji, bagua, xingyi, and other Daoist practices. Although I've studied with many qigong masters over the years, B.K. Frantzis has been my primary teacher since those days.

That's a rather long answer to your question, but that's what was involved in setting me on my path.

2. Your new book, Chinese Healing Exercises, details 88 exercises based on acupressure, Taiji, Qi Gong, Daoist yoga, and other traditional Chinese health practices. Why did you include such a mixture of practices?

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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - November 2013

Understanding Elementals
by Alexandra Chauran

Elementals are a rich source of magical wisdom, easily accessible through daily activities. But what exactly are these beings of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, and how can we tap into their energy and power? Alexandra Chauran, author of Faeries & Elementals for Beginners, explains their history and their magic.

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An Aromatic Wheel of the Year
by Sandra Kynes

Essential oils come from plants, and down through the ages Witches and Pagans have used plants for magic and ritual. Using essential oils is a way to hold tradition while extending our practices and giving them new depth. Sandra Kynes, author of Mixing Essential Oils for Magic, explains how we can work with oils from specific parts of plants to create an "aromatic Wheel of the Year."

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As Within, So Without: Making Daily, Mundane Activities Spiritual
by Alaric Albertsson

As above, so below; as within, so without. These Hermetic truisms have been embraced by Pagans on many different paths. Most of us understand that the physical world is a reflection of the spiritual world, and vice versa. But how can we continue to be spiritual in our daily lives, after the ritual is over and the chalice rinsed out? Alaric Albertsson, author of To Walk a Pagan Path, explains how even the most seemingly small tasks can become spiritual activities.

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Llewellyn.com - New Releases - November 2013



Chinese Healing Exercises, by Steven Cardoza
Chinese Healing Exercises
by Steven Cardoza


Faeries & Elementals for Beginners, by Alexandra Chauran
Faeries & Elementals for Beginners
by Alexandra Chauran




A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru, by Patricia M. Lafayllve
A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru
by Patricia M. Lafayllve


To Walk a Pagan Path, by Alaric Albertsson
To Walk a Pagan Path
by Alaric Albertsson

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