Heaven & Earth Qigong and Tai Chi Circling Hands

10 November 2017 - 12 November 2017

We are excited to announce Bruce Frantzis is returning to teach in Chicago this Fall!

In China, Bruce found no other simple exercise as powerful as Heaven and Earth Qigong for promoting health and vitality. It is used in China to relieve back, neck and joint problems and to mitigate conditions such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. This training will explore Heaven and Earth’s qi-based methods of bending and stretching the body's tissues, opening and closing (pulsing) the body’s joints and cavities, and circulating energy (micro- & macrocosmic orbits). 

During the course of the weekend Bruce will also give a brief introduction to the practice of Tai Chi Circling Hands™, primarily focusing on the practice of Vertical Circling Hands. Circling Hands offers an easy and dynamic way to learn the external movement principles and internal qi practices that generate the deep healing potential of Heaven & Earth Qigong and Tai chi.

Pay at the door: $350

Course Details

Heaven and Earth Qigong Overview

The Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qigong teaches you to feel, coordinate and enhance these natural pulsings, also known as openings and closings. These openings and closings lie at the heart of the more advanced Taoist qi practices within qigong, tai chi, bagua, hsing-i, qigong tui na bodywork, yoga and advanced Taoist meditation (solo or interactive practices).

Heaven and Earth Qigong teaches you how to:

  • Simultaneously move qi through your muscles, tendons and ligaments as you bend and stretch them
  • Open and close your joints, body cavities and even acupuncture points without using muscular strength
  • Circulate qi through your Microcosmic and Macrocosmic pathways
  • Soothe and release physical, emotional and mental blockages
  • Let go and reduce the effects of stress and tension inside your body

Although primarily done standing, this qigong set is easily adapted to be done sitting at your computer, where it can mitigate such problems as fatigue, burnout and carpal tunnel syndrome. Movement and bodywork practitioners can learn to integrate openings and closings of the joints into their practices and to project energy from their hands for healing.

Heaven and Earth Qigong for Internal Martial Artists
The basic energy principles in tai chi, bagua, or hsing-i or other internal martial arts are integral to Heaven and Earth. Most of the internal complexities of Heaven and Earth are likely to be absolutely new material even to long-time practitioners of internal martial arts. This is particularly true as regards opening and closing and directly moving qi, which is rarely taught in the West. Yet tai chi masters in China have always said that without opening and closings there is no tai chi. During the course, Bruce will at times demonstrate how to incorporate openings and closings within tai chi and bagua forms.

Tai Chi Circling Hands Overview

Bruce Frantzis created his Tai Chi Circling Hands exercise method as a vehicle for practicing the primary opening and closing neigong techniques found in various qigong sets such as Heaven and Earth and in the more complex art of tai chi.

The physical movements of Circling Hands are simpler and considerably easier to learn than a tai chi form. They appeal to Westerners in exactly the same way as the treadmill or the stair climber machines: all are exercises that can be done over and over again as a workout routine.

Yet the physical movements of Circling Hands go far beyond such regular exercises. They are designed to powerfully move fluids and qi in the body. Many people can feel significant changes in their bodies from doing just the physical movements.

Once students enjoy the success of learning the simple physical moves, instructors can teach them the internal qi techniques within Heaven & Earth Qigong. Students will appreciate the deeper internal work that can be added to make the familiar routines more interesting, opening them up to new possibilities in their bodies and minds.

Event Structure

Registration/Check-in: November 10, Friday 5:30 PM--First class session begins at 6:30 PM.

Prerequisites:  Everyone is welcome, there is no specific requirement for attending the seminar. 

Approximate daily course schedule: November 10 (Friday) 6:30-9:00 PM . November 11-12 (Sat-Sun) 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (with a two hour lunch break)  *Course schedule may be subject to change depending upon group dynamics.

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This training course is not recommended for those with any kind of mental health issues or major medical problems. We simply do not have the resources to handle these needs. 

Please note: The practice of Taoist energy arts may carry risks. The organizers are very concerned to ensure that the training is a positive experience for every participant. If for any reason whatsoever Bruce and/or his assistants deem that there may be any potential safety risks for you during this training, you will be asked to leave the course and suspend training immediately. 

If this occurs you will be refunded a pro-rated course fee. All other expenses that you may have incurred, including lodging and travel will be your sole responsibility and Energy Arts will not be responsible for these expenses.

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Location Information

Chicago, Illinois

Enso Martial Arts (www.ensokarate.com)
412 S. Wells Street
Chicago, 60607
United States

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As a psychiatrist working in a hospital I treat patients experiencing severe crises. This work can be very stressful at times. For the past 10 months I have been doing standing outer dissolving almost every day. Over this time I have noticed a big decrease in the amount of tension and contractions in my body.


Philip Bolton