There have been various books written and video dvds created on baoding balls. If your giving a pair of balls as a gift to someone, a book or dvd to go along with it might be a good combo. Here’s what you can expect if you’re looking at one of these.
The Complete Book of Chinese Health Balls
By Ab Williams
This book by Ab Williams discusses various aspects of Chinese health balls. The chapters are fairly short and mainly a general overview. It would he a suitable book for someone who would be interested in a basic history on the health balls, Chinese medicine, and ball exercises. There are some drawn illustrations and some photos of different baoding balls. You can usually find this book used for $5 to $6.
Book Description by Publisher:
Do you own a set of Chinese Health Balls? Known as Baoding balls, Baud balls, or just health balls, they’re certainly much more than a curio! People have been using them for centuries. The balls are explained, exercises are include, the treatments revealed – here, for the first time!
More and more people in the West are looking for answers in Eastern medicine, lifestyle and therapies. Just about everyone has heard of yoga, meditation, acupuncture. This book is aimed at drawing your attention to the still relatively unknown phenomenon of Chinese Health Balls.
Step by step, you can practice the many exercises to master Meridian Ball Therapy, a therapy that can make a significant contribution to your physical and spiritual health!
Chinese Health Balls Practical Exercises
By Hans Hoting
This book is very similar the the book by Ab Williams, as if that book was a rewritten version of this book to make a new book. The publisher is the same so maybe that is why. However, this book has more depth on health ball effects and exercises while Ab’s book has more pages on Chinese Medicine and history. You can find this book used from $4 to $7 as well.
Book Description by Publisher:
You’ve seen them in all the catalogs and stores that sell health products. How do you use them? Are they just for fun? Are they just an interesting and unusual gift? The instructions say that you should move them around in the palm of your hand. But why?
Actually they are an ancient Chines fitness technique that has been in use since the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). They are beleived to be a benefit to the nervous system, they improve memory, stimulate circulation, relax the muscles and tune the chi (life energy). They have even been used to prevent hypertension and arthritis. In this book, you will learn about your nervous system so that you can practice the exercises that will bring you optimum energy.
The author discusses meditation exercise, walking exercises, using them for massage, as well as working with the energy in the palms of your hands so that you can strengthen the yin/yang energy in your body.
Qi Gong with Chinese Meditation Balls
with Fang-Chih Lee
If you’re into qi gong, then this might be of interest to you. It is a DVD on using baoding balls with qi gong movements. The creator is a qi gong instructor and it has 4 chapters. The first 2 have some basic info on the Chinese balls and the use, nothing too advanced. The last 2 chapters involve qi gong. Chapter 3 is a little over 6 minutes on fundamental motions with the balls, and chapter 4 is 18 minutes of a full qi gong sequence with the Chinese balls. It does label each of the sequences so you can learn them. For $6 it is an inexpensive way to take her lesson and class.