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Practice of Body Work

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We invite you to participate as a researcher for finding and adding resources on transformational change.   This is a dynamic tool for you to add information you find to your FW 311 individual group's wiki as you do research for class projects (click on the "Sidebar" located on the right in the "View" mode--select the appropriate Class Wiki).  We encourage you to share not only titles (for example, the citation of a journal article, a book, a blog, or title of a digital media stream), but also the places you found the resources and the search strategies you found useful, as we have in the links below. 


Required Assignment Materials:


Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality. (2008). Boulder, CO: Sounds True Publishers.  Read Evaluating Biofield Treatments in the Laboratory, pp. 415-424.


Groessl, E.J., Weingart, K.R., Aschbacher, D., Pada, L, & Baxi, S. (2008). Yoga for Veterans with Chronic Low-Back Pain, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14(9), 1123-1129.


yoga and back pain.pdf


Hacker, E. (2009). Exercise and Quality of Life: Strengthening the Connections. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 13 (1), 31-39.


exercise and quality of life.pdf 


Mind - Body - Spirit Medicine (December 20, 2007). Video retrieved from you tube   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UmteTW868I 

The first 40 minutes of this video is a rationale for mind-body medicine and the next 45 minutes focuses on mind-body therapies including body work, meditation, biofeedback etc.  If you have a good background on mind-body connection you could just watch the video beginning at minute 41 but I would encourage you to watch the whole video as it is very well done.


Supplementary Resource Materials:




Peer Reviewed Articles:


Barnes, P.M., Powell-Griner, E., McFann, K. & Nahin, R.L. (2004). Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults; United States, 2002. Vital and Health Statistics, 343.




Pike, A.J. (2008). Body Mindfulness in Physiotherapy For The Management of Long-term Chronic Pain. Physical Therapy Reviews, 13(1), 45-56.


body practice and pain.pdf 


Kristofferse, A.E., Fonnebo, V., & Norheim, A.J. (2008). Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Among Patients: Classification Criteria Determine Level of Use. The Hournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14(8), 911-919.


Complementary Medicine.pdf


Byeongsang, O., Butow, P., Mullan, B., & Clarke, S. (2008).  Medical Qigong for Cancer Patients: Pilot Study of Impact on Quality of Life, Side Effects of Treatment and Inflammation. American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 36 (3), p459-472. Abstract: Quality of life (QOL) of cancer patients is often diminished due to the side effects of treatment and symptoms of the disease itself. Medical Qigong (coordination of gentle exercise and relaxation through meditation and breathing exercise based on Chinese medicine theory of energy channels) may be an effective therapy for improving QOL, symptoms and side effects, and longevity of cancer patients. In this pilot study, the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of Medical Qigong (MQ) were evaluated on outcomes in cancer patients. Thirty patients diagnosed with heterogeneous cancers, were randomly assigned to two groups: a control group that received usual medical care and an intervention group who participated in a MQ program for 8 weeks in addition to receiving usual medical care. Randomization was stratified by completion of cancer treatment (n = 14) or under chemotherapy (n = 16). Patients completed measures before and after the program. Quality of life and symptoms were measured by the EORTC QLQ-C 30 and progress of disease by the inflammation biomarker (CRP: c-reactive protein) via a blood test was assessed. The MQ intervention group reported clinically significant improved global QOL scores pre- and post-intervention. The MQ intervention also reduced the symptoms of side effects of cancer treatment and inflammation biomarker (CRP) compare to the control group. Due to the small sample size, however, the results were not statistically significant between treatment and the control groups. Data from the pilot study suggest that MQ with usual medical treatment can enhance the QOL of cancer patients and reduce inflammation. This study needs a further investigation with a larger sample size.

Search strategy: Qigong and health, limited to peer reviewed, in Academic Search Premier.

To read the full text, click on the PDF link on this page.


Non-Peer Reviewed Articles:


Cabe, D. (2009). 10 Reasons to Move. Prevention, 61(2), 86-89.


Ten Reasons to Move.pdf


Electronic Books from Cline Library:


Breathing spaces: qigong, psychiatry, and healing in China. Nancy N. Chen. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. Access ebook.


Chinese medical qigong. Editor in chief, Tianjun Liu ; associate editor in chief, Kevin W. Chen. London : Singing Dragon, 2010. Access ebook.


Tai chi chuan and the code of life: revealing the deeper mysteries of China's ancient art for health and harmony. Graham Horwood. London : Singing Dragon, c2008. Revised edition. Access ebook.




The Five Tebetian Rites (2007, September 3).  Video posted to you tube:



The Serene Way (2008, May, 2) What is Reiki and How does it Work. Video posted to:



Streamed Videos from Cline Library:


Chinese medicine. Information Television Network, 2007.  25 min. View streaming video. Summary: Produced in San Francisco, a city rich in Chinese culture, this program explores the ancient healing techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM. Dr. Effie Poy Yew Chow, a registered nurse and one of the foremost experts in TCM, guides students through the philosophy and methods behind various TCM techniques-such as acupuncture, qi gong, and herbal remedies. Viewers will visit a lab that processes medicinal herbs and gain insight into the TCM concept of chi, while learning about the ways in which chi can become blocked and the special approaches needed to remove blockages. Physical demonstrations of acupuncture, qi gong, and other procedures are included in the program.


Touch: The Forgotten Sense. Multimedia Group of Canada, 2001. 53 min.  View streaming video. Summary: This program examines the significance and the beauty of tactile sensation. The sensory impact of touch and feel on quality of life is studied through mother/baby bonding; touch therapy for preemies and victims of physical abuse; Tadoma, a touch-based form of communication for people who are Deaf and blind; and an experimental touch-based interface designed to help people without sight to visualize, while a case study of Guillain-Barre syndrome explores the ramifications of losing the ability to sense via the skin. Featured experts include Tiffany Field, of the Touch Research Institute; Jules Older, author of Touch Is Healing; Carol Crook, of the Perkins School for the Blind; and neuroscientist Paul Bach-y-Rita.


Yoga: A Voyage in Search of the SelfJoongang Broadcasting Corporation, 2002. 15  min.  View streaming video. Summary: The city of Rishikesh, a center of great spiritual energy, is home to the renowned yogi Swami Chaitanya. This program introduces both hatha and raja yoga while observing Chaitanya meditate; perform a fire ritual by the Ganges; engage in shatkriyas, internal purification methods, including sutra neti and dhouti; and visit with sadhus and other spiritual seekers. He also warns against false asceticism. The goal of yoga? To make contact with the inner self and enter into the ultimate state of peace in which the soul rejoices.



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