Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
This book would be useful not only to the student of Tai Chi, but also of any healing modality, dance, sport, meditation or conscious physical art... Overall it is a cleverly written book that achieves its aim of instigating an aware physical experience.
(...) is to my mind one of the most exciting tai chi books I have read in a long time... Martin Mellish clearly understands this and his novel approach to the subject means that his book is one that truly is accessible to Western readers... A Tai Chi Imagery Workbook: Spirit, Intent, and Motion is a must have.
Positive Health Online
The Tai Chi Imagery Workbook by Martin Mellish is an experiential and inspirational book that you can just pick up and choose to work with individual concepts, giving both teachers and practitioners an infinite variety of imagery to enhance their skills and practice. Not only is this an ideal book for Tai Chi, but also for those who practise or teach Yoga, Pilates, dance and meditation. It brings alive, in a user friendly way, time-honoured wisdom into modern concepts, allowing us to explore the value of imagery and imagination in our everyday lives. This is a practice which, as the author states, in western culture has long been feared, put down or regarded as just superstition. It is a chance to return to the playfulness of childhood, and use the skill of imagination in a creative and constructive way. He has embodied the true essence and spirit of an ancient tradition, applying a skilful balance between play and anatomical, structural and philosophical information. At the same time he addresses other modalities, for those who would prefer to approach the book, not just in a visual sense but, in a more tactile and kinaesthetic way. This makes it full of accessible ideas to enhance the lives of all ages and abilities. It is also an excellent aid to teachers and those who need to get the concepts across to others who have never experience Tai Chi before, making them illuminating and fun for all generations and fitness levels. The author's practical, no messing approach to anatomy and physiology creates an accessible way for the lay person to easily grasp the essence of what is needed in order to use their body in the correct way whilst at the same time enhancing the flow of Chi or vital life force through it... I was sincerely delighted to be asked to review this inspiring book, because and as a Yoga, Tai Chi and Shiatsu teachers trainer myself I would be happy to recommend this book to all my students and teachers, and put in into their recommended reading list. Knowing that within its covers is a lifetime of practical and thought-provoking universal images and concepts to experience and work with.
Love this book! If you only ever buy one tai chi book then make it this one. Quite simply it makes tai chi movements intuitive... This book helps you to experience tai chi for yourself... This book is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced practitioner and instructor. There's some 30 years of experienced contained within its pages but such is the clarity and simplicity that you don't feel weighed down by all the knowledge but rather lifted up because things you thought were complicated can be experienced in a simple way.
Michael Gilman, President of the International Society of Tai Chi Chuan Instructors, Grand champion competitor, and author of 108 Insights into Tai Chi Chuan and 101 Reflections on Tai Chi Chuan
This is a wonderful book, full of unusual and thoughtful images to help students and teachers find new paths to Tai Chi satisfaction and success. I highly recommend this book to all Tai Chi players, no matter what style they practice.
UKTai Chi Ltd
In this non style specific book Martin gives the reader plenty of examples of imagery, for example "walk like a cat on a frozen pond" and lovely pictures to back them up. However, his experience in Tai Chi and authentic scientific background shines through. In particular I like the use of imagery backed by logic, illustrations and detailed explanations. If nothing else we should all try Martin's version of "Opening the Jade Pillow" whether you do Tai Ci or not. I think I will be "dipping" in and out of this book for a long time to come, with plenty of good ideas to experiment with... I would recommend this book and can see benefits to Tai chi players and non players alike.
Bobbye Middendorf - Foreword
Post Cultural-Revolution tai chi does not include imagery, but Mellish learned from older teachers. He brings a sense of play to the underlying illustrated movements, while inviting body mindfulness, designed to tap into inner wisdom for building strength, flexibility, and balance... these practices, illustrated and explained with humor and wisdom, create the potential for a powerful mind-body shift. Profound moments emerge in comments such as "Commitment does not mean increasing the force that is pulling you forward, but letting go of the force that is holding you back." These physical practices combined with visuals bring such wisdom alive by igniting mindful movement in unexpected and everyday ways.