The Eight Pieces of Beautiful Silk Brocade Chi Kung is one of the most widely practiced conditioning exercise sets in China. The movements provide a comprehensive system of excise for people of all ages, toning up muscles and stimulating the flow of qi throughout the body. People are advised to perform it vigorously when in good health, to help build up the strength and suppleness.
It is widely regarded as the initial form set for any qigong or martial arts new practitioners. Every movement is designed to regulate or strengthen organs or bowels.
"Touch Toes to Reinforce Kidneys" or "Touching the Toes then Bending Backwards" movement will open governing vessel, stretch tendons in legs, compresses and releases kidneys, the front compression balances out several of the frontal stretches earlier in the set.
It strengthens lower back and leg muscles, benefits abdominal organs, strengthens kidneys and adrenal glands.
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According to TCM, this movement stimulates various meridians in the body.
|Warning: If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, don't put your head below your heart. Also, people with lower back stiffness or pain should not bend deeply.|
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- Alternative: Perform the exercise sitting on the floor with the hands gently reaching toward the toes. The same sequencing of the spine is used. A more challenging variation holds the sole of the foot and stretches out the leg. This could be performed standing or sitting.
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The Eight Pieces of Brocade, Yang Jwing-ming, 1988, 70 pages.
Ch'i - the Power Within, Geoff and Phyllis Pike, 1996, pp. 122-146.Knocking at the Gate of Life, People's Republic of China, 1985, pp. 24-33.
The Way of Qigong, Kenneth Cohen, 1997, pp. 186-194.
The Eight Section Brocade Qigong, Michael P. Garofalo, 2002-2012, 410Kb
Qi Gong For Beginners: Eight Easy Movements for Vibrant Health, Stanley Wilson, 1997, 148 pages.
The Complete Guide to Chi-gung. Daniel Reid, 1998. Qigong Essentials for Health Promotion. Jiao Guorui, 1988. pp. 151-162.
Chi Kung: The Eighteen Lohan Hands. By Wong Kiew Kit, 50KB+, 2003.
The Eight Treasures Energy Enhancement Exercise, Maoshing Ni, 1996.
Ba Duan Jin, Chinese Health Qigong Association, 2007.
Instant Health: The Shaolin Qigong Workout For Longevity, Shifu Yan Lei, 2009.